The NHS App
The new, simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use it to:
- Check your symptoms
- Find out what do when you need help urgently
- book & manage appointments at the surgery
- order repeat prescriptions
- view your medical record securely
- choose how the NHS uses your data
To start using the NHS App you can download it from the App Store or Google Play and just follow the instructions:
- Enter your postcode, locate your GP surgery and press continue
- If you already have an online account with your surgery you can use your current logon, if not request NO and proceed to set up logon details
- Enter your email address and create a password - agree and continue
- An email will be sent to the email address provided to confirm account details - CONFIRM and VERIFY
- You should now be able to log on
- Enter your mobile number and enter the 6 digit code sent to you (this will help to keep your information secure)
- Prove your identity; full name, date of birth, take a photo of your ID and record a short video quoting a security number sent to you (can take up to 2 hours to confirm identity)
- Once identity is confirmed you can use your NHS login to access all features of the NHS App, including booking appointments, managing repeat prescriptions and viewing parts of your medical record.
More information can be found at www.nhs.uk/nhsapp and if you have any issues using or downloading the app, check the NHS App help and support page
GP appointments and bookings - Q&A's
The way we access GP services has changed. Below are some frequently asked questions that may help you understand these changes:
Why can’t I walk into my GP practice?
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has forced us all to work differently to help slow down the spread of the virus. All healthcare settings are taking special measures to protect you, the public and their staff. GP practices are working as hard as ever, but differently.
Where possible we want to avoid people having to wait inside a waiting room together, as we know this increases the risk of the virus spreading. Like hospitals and dentists, we have also had to change how we offer our services to you.
If you do need to come in, then we can ensure there are a minimal number of people in the practice, we can maintain social distancing and keep patients and staff safe.
How do I get an appointment?
The easiest and most effective method is to use e-Consult through the practice website or through the NHS App. We are still available for you to call but please remember if your call is not urgent, please ring after 2pm. You will then be contacted by a clinician to talk through your symptoms either over the phone, via email, or if needed and you have the available technology, through a video consultation.
Why can’t I book a face-to-face appointment?
We have adapted the way in which you can get an appointment quickly and safely.
Most patient’s health concerns can be managed over the phone or via video consultation. This is why we are providing you with either an initial phone call or video consultation to decide what would be the best way to help. If we can support you without needing you to come into the practice then we reduce the need for you to travel, and reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
If you do need a face-to-face appointment, you will be invited to attend the practice.
If we can ensure there are a minimal number of people in the practice, we can maintain social distancing and keep patients and staff safe.
What is e-Consult?
You can access e-Consult via the practice website. It lets patients consult with their own NHS GP online by completing a quick form which is reviewed by the practice. After reviewing your query, you will then be directed toward the most appropriate help. This might be some advice on self-help, pharmacy advice, an appointment with one of the practice clinical team or another service. Your data is secure at all times – including during a video consultation or telephone call.
What if I do not have access to a smartphone or web camera?
While technology has evolved and supports us all in many different ways in our day-to-day lives, we appreciate not everyone will have access to a smartphone or web camera for a video consultation.
We can still talk to you on your mobile phone or landline.
Will I need to wear a face mask if I come into my practice for an appointment?
To help limit the spread of the virus, we are asking for all patients aged 12 and over to wear a face covering when they come the practice.
You can find additional information by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
How do I get a repeat prescription?
There are a few ways you can do this:
- Via the NHS App
- Request your medication from your pharmacy
- In writing, through our letterbox
- Email us
How do I cancel or move a booked appointment?
If you have booked via the NHS App or on-line Patient Access, you can cancel & rearrange in the same way, otherwise please call us.
Can I still use the out of hours service?
For evening and weekend access to GPs please either visit 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111.
What do I do if I think I have coronavirus (Covid-19)?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms then DO NOT visit your GP practice.
You should visit 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
You must self-isolate for seven days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with, or in your support bubble, who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person started having symptoms.
You must also ask for a test as soon as you start showing symptoms. You can do this online – visit www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test