If you are tired of long waits on the telephone, you may be interested to know that you can book and manage some appointments on the NHS App- the tab looks like a calendar. These are:
- GP Surgery Appointments: you can view upcoming appointments, past appointments and book an appointment online. If there are no appointments available online you can call your practice as usual
- Additional GP Services: you can use the NHS App to contact your GP for things like test results, sick notes, GP letters and medical reports. It takes about 5 minutes via a short form
- Referrals, hospital and other appointments: if you have been referred to hospital or another NHS service you can use the NHS App to manage and book appointments
- You can also use the appointments tab to book a Covid-19 vaccination
You can use the NHS App to manage prescriptions. If you click the prescription icon at the bottom of the app (it looks like a tablet capsule) you will be given the following options:
- Order a prescription: You will be given the option to order a repeat prescription (if it has been signed off by your GP) or to request a non-repeat, one off medicine
- You can choose your nominated pharmacy, so any prescriptions can be sent their directly
- You can view your previous orders and see the date you last collected them, doses and instructions for use (how many per day etc)
You can use the ‘Your Health’ section of the app to view a range of information about your health. The tab looks like a heart, and includes:
- Get your NHS Covid Pass
- Check your Covid-19 vaccine record: you can see the dates of your vaccines, which dose you had and the batch number
- View your GP Health Record: view things like allergies, medicines, test results and more in your GP health record
- Manage your organ donation decision: Register as an organ donor – here you can choose whether or not to donate your organs and if not all, select which you would be willing to donate. You can tell your family and friends about your wishes via the App, share that you are a donor on social media, withdraw any previous decisions and register to be a blood donor.
- Choose to participate in research: decide whether your patient information can be used for research and planning. You can also register to take part on health research.
The final tab on the bottom page is messages- it looks a little like a speech bubble. Here you can view any messages from your GP surgery, about hospital or specialist care appointments and any other invitations or reminders. When you have a new message, a red dot appears to the top right of the speech bubble.
Find an NHS Service near you
If you select the ‘home’ icon at the top left of the homepage, you’ll see an option to ‘Find NHS services near you’. Here, you can see a list of NHS services- select the one you want, enter your postcode and you’ll find your local GP’s, dentists, pharmacies and more. As well as this, within each section there is some great advice and information, like how to register for a GP and a link to mental health helplines and support.
Good to know…
- You can link family members or someone you care for to your account so that you can make appointments, request prescriptions and seek advice on their behalf Linked profiles in your NHS account. To do this, you need to contact the GP surgery of the person you’d like to set up a linked profile for and ask them to register you for access
- If you press the ‘home’ icon at the top left of the App you can find your NHS number
- At the top right of the App there is a help icon (a question mark). This gives you advice and instructions on how to use the App and a contact if you need technical support
- Like many other Apps, you can change your settings and decide how you’d like to receive notifications like messages. You can also change your contact settings. Go to more (3 dots) at the top right and select ‘Account and Settings’
- You can check their symptoms using the health A-Z on the NHS website
- Choose whether the NHS uses their data for research and planning
Download the NHS App, or open the NHS website in a web browser, to set up and log in to your NHS account. Owned and run by the NHS, your NHS account is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services online, including appointments, prescriptions and health record.