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UK residents to book doctor visits online

Press AssociationPress Association 7/09/2016 Ella Pickover

A one-stop National Health Service website where patients book appointments, order prescriptions and access medical advice is being developed, British health officials have announced.

For minor ailments patients will be able to check their symptoms online and they will be able to read up on all manner of diseases.

The new NHS.uk website will also enable patients in England to register with a GP and download their secure medical records.

Patients will also be able to compare how well their local health service performs against others for key areas including cancer, dementia, diabetes, mental health, learning disabilities and maternity care.

Information on how well each local NHS organisation performs on dementia, diabetes and learning disability services will be published through the MyNHS website immediately, with more information added in the northern autumn.

The NHS.uk system, which is hoped to be ready by the end of next year, will offer a new online triage system for the NHS's 111 service. Patients will be able to enter symptoms online and get tailored advice or a call-back from a health care professional, a Department of Health spokeswoman said.

The triage system is being developed with patients and clinicians and will be trialled before it is available for the general public to use.

The move, which is to be announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the NHS Expo event in Manchester, aims to give the smartphone generation easier access to NHS services.

"We live in the age of the smartphone, and we want the NHS to reflect that," Hunt said.

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