A NEW survey has revealed that two thirds of people in South Derbyshire now book their appointments with their doctor by heading online.
The research, conducted by YouGov to mark the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, also showed that 60 people in the area were also now organising and managing their prescriptions via their computer.
The NHS electronic prescription service is one of the new ‘e-services’ being introduced by the Government.
It replaces paper prescriptions with digital ones, giving patients greater choice about how and where they get their medication – including new options such as the convenient mail order repeat prescription service.
It also significantly reduces paperwork for GPs.
Dr Julian Harrison, director of Pharmacy2U who commissioned YouGov to undertake the survey, said: “In this 25th anniversary year of the World Wide Web, it is good to see that digital healthcare is now gathering pace.
“Our NHS prescription service is just one of the many e-services that can save people time and make their lives easier. It is interesting to note from the research that patients also want to save their GPs time by using these new services.”
Almost two thirds of people surveyed in the East Midlands said they book a doctor’s appointment online.
Only 34 per cent of people in South Derbyshire surveyed online currently manage all or some of their healthcare online.
Of those yet to do so, 44 per cent - representing almost one in four of the total sample – said taking pressure off their GP was a key reason to make the switch.
The repeat prescription service allows patients to order their medication online or by phone 24/7 and includes a reminder service to help people avoid running out of important medications..
To help patients, a new online tool has been launched that allows patients to check whether their GP practice is now offering electronic prescriptions.
More information is available by visiting www.escriptfinder.co.uk