16th Jun, 2019

Apps the way to do it for accessing health advice and support in Redditch

Correspondent 18th Jun, 2018

By Dr Richard Davies, Chair and Clinical Lead, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group

TECHNOLOGY now plays a huge part in how people access health information and services.

Many patients have taken the opportunity to book appointments or request repeat prescriptions online and with sites like NHS Choices there are a lot more options available at the touch of a button.

More and more apps are becoming available to help people look after their health.

They cover a range of conditions and organisations and one of these is the Ask NHS app, which gives patients more flexibility in accessing health support and advice.

It allows patients to get confidential advice based on their symptoms, search for health services and book GP appointments.

It’s available to download for free from both Google and iOS App Store.

Apps like this also help reduce the demand on GPs and emergency departments.

However although digital services are a great support, they do not replace more traditional methods and people can still book appointments, request repeat prescriptions and access advice and support as they have done before.

Also, NHS 111 is available for anyone that would prefer to talk through any health issues, that aren’t an emergency.

This service will direct the patient to the most appropriate service for them, which includes out of hours GP appointments.

A wide range of health apps are available, some of which are available at https://apps.beta.nhs.uk/. To stay up-to-date, follow @RB_CCG on Twitter.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Redditch Standard.

Recruitment

Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.

Car Finder 24/7

We've written reviews to help you find a car you'll love to drive.

Printing

We can provide all of your printing needs at competitive rates.