Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent set to be at the forefront of NHS digital revolution

A Staffordshire town is to become one of only five areas of the country to test the official NHS app for patients that will be at the forefront of the digital healthcare revolution.

The app, which it is hoped to rollout nationally next year, will undergo ‘beta testing’ in Staffordshire until the end of the year. Patients with either iOS or Android smartphones will be able to use it to:

  • Book and manage appointments
  • Order repeat prescriptions
  • Check symptoms and get advice
  • Sign up to become an organ donor

The announcement was made by Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent patients benefiting from more flexible GP appointments

Patients across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are now able to access primary care services for longer under a new NHS initiative. 

Additional appointments are being made available to patients during weekday evenings and at weekends from September 1. 

GPs are working together to offer extended opening hours for same day and pre-bookable appointments for an additional four hours per day until 8pm each week day and Saturday and Sunday mornings.

All practices must be able to direct patients to the service and offer a choice of evening or weekend appointments in the same way they offer core hours appointments.