New digital NHS service is planned
Have you ever struggled to book a doctor’s appointment for you or a member of your family, wanted quick access to a health professional or medical records? Well, your problems could soon be over! Plans for a new NHS service online are being unveiled in an effort to move the service forward into the smartphone age.
A new NHS.uk website is going to be formed as part of an expansion of the heavily criticised NHS 111 non-emergency service and means patients will soon be able to enter symptoms online and receive tailored advice or a call back from a health professional. The BBC says Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce the scheme by saying: "We live in the age of the smartphone, and we want the NHS to reflect that. This is a way of supplementing patients seeing their doctor in a more conventional, face-to-face setting, and crucially it will give people more choice and the opportunity to access healthcare in a way that works for them."
Key features include the ability to compare how well your local health services perform in areas of dementia, diabetes and learning disability services, as well as access data on maternity, cancer and mental health care performance. The site will also have NHS-approved health apps to help patients.
A total of £4bn had been set aside for the initiative. Is this the answer to all the health service’s woes, or could the cash be better spent elsewhere in the NHS? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Let us know over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.