NHS England has announced that the NHS app is now available to all patients in England, following a “successful” pilot with 30 GP practices across England.
The announcement stated: “After successful private testing with more than 3000 patients across 30 GP practices in England, the NHS app has started its public roll out.”
All patients can now download the app, although most practices have not yet joined the system.
When a practice is connected to it, patients will be able to book and manage appointments at their GP practice; order repeat prescriptions; securely view their GP medical record; check their symptoms using NHS 111 online and the health A-Z on the NHS website; register as an organ donor; and choose whether the NHS uses their data for research and planning.
It is expected that most practices will go live between April and June this year, with full roll out completed by July.
The next stage, according to NHS England, is to listen to GPs’ feedback as more practices join the service. NHS Digital Executive Director of Product Development Wendy Clark confirmed: “We will be listening to user and GP feedback as we add additional tools and services and more GPs come on board.”
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “It is essential that the app is thoroughly and independently evaluated to ensure it is beneficial to both patients and GP practices without unnecessarily increasing our workload.”
Last reviewed 30 January 2019