The local NHS is calling on Sussex residents to download the NHS App in a drive to empower patients to manage their health using digital technologies. The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
Ordering repeat prescriptions, accessing medical records and getting information about COVID-19 are just some of the services that the NHS app has made easy for over 4.8 million users across the UK who have downloaded it to their smartphones.
One of the latest features includes easy access to coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status for travel and wider NHS services.
Over 1.3 million new people have registered to use the NHS App since the addition of COVID-19 vaccine status was announced in early May.
Widespread usage of the app will save time for GPs and support staff while ensuring patients get the most appropriate care for their needs, more easily.
The promotion of the NHS App is part of a ‘Digital-First’ project in Sussex which aims to support NHS patients and GPs to embrace digital technologies and improve access to healthcare.
Dr Nick Harvey, GP and Clinical Lead for Digital First in Sussex said:
“The launch of NHS app is a huge leap forward for modernising healthcare and making services more accessible to patients.
“Currently over 150,000 (approximately 9%) GP patients in Sussex have registered to use the NHS App and we’re keen to encourage new users as part of the Digital-First programme.
“The app will enable patients to interact with their GP practice and access information without having to wait in a queue, call the practice or travel to an appointment unnecessarily.
“Patients can manage their medications and keep on top of prescriptions from their smartphone which means they are more in control of managing their own health.”
The App, which first launched in 2019 after successful testing with over 3000 patients across 30 GP surgeries, continues to be developed by NHS Digital teams. Additional features coming soon include the ability to manage healthcare appointments provided by the hospital and GP surgeries, in one place.
What can I do on the NHS App?
- Share your COVID-19 status – view and share proof of your COVID-19 status for travel once you’ve had both vaccinations
- Get advice about coronavirus
- Order repeat prescriptions – see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to
- Get health advice – search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments
- View your health record – securely access your GP health record to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines. If your GP surgery has given you access to your detailed medical record, you can also see information like test results and details of your consultations
- Register to be an organ donor – choose to donate some or all of your organs and check your registered decision
- Find out how the NHS uses your data – choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning
- View your NHS number.
How to access the NHS App
Getting started on the NHS App is easy for iPhone and Android smartphones – follow these instructions to get signed up.