A Stockport pharmacist has been chosen as one of nine ‘Faces of the NHS App’ and included in content to promote the new digital service.
Sarah Thompson (pictured, top right) was selected from 700 applicants to become one of the frontline NHS staff to feature in posters, leaflets, videos and social media content which aims to boost the user base of the app.
The NHS app allows patients to access NHS services through the smartphone or tablet, such as managing repeat prescriptions and booking GP appointments.
Sarah Thompson, a mum-to-be as well as a pharmacist in Stockport, says the app has made it easier for her to manage her pregnancy. She said:
I recently needed to know my NHS number so it’s been useful to use the NHS App to access my record and manage my appointments rather than spending ages on the phone.”
Tara Donnelly, NHSX Chief Digital Officer said:
NHS frontline staff are ideally placed to help patients across England to benefit from the NHS App, which is one of a growing range of digital tools available as part of our NHS Long Term Plan.
“The App is one of many online tools providing patients with a choice of how they wish to access NHS services digitally, allowing people simply, safely and securely to do things like order repeat prescriptions, manage appointments, check symptoms and view their GP medical record.”
The NHS app currently has over 230,000 users, with more people than ever using digital alternatives to book appointments – in September there were 1.4 million GP appointments booked online, rather than over the phone.
Image courtesy of NHS Digital.