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New NHS app to be launched in December 2018

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The Department of Health and Social Care announced this week that a free NHS app will be available to everyone in England by the end of the year. The news comes as the National Health Service celebrates its 70th birthday on July 5.

Gov.uk reported that the new app has been designed to “make it quicker and easier to access health services.”

Patients will be able to safely and securely access their GP records and use the app to make appointments, order repeat prescriptions, manage long-term conditions and access 111 online for urgent medical queries.

The app will be available through Google Play for Android or the App Store for iOS, and will allow users to state their preferences in regards to data-sharing, organ donation and end-of-life care.

Jeremy Hunt, Health and Social Care Secretary, said:

“Technology has transformed everyday life when it comes to banking, travel and shopping. Health matters much more to all of us, and the prize of that same digital revolution in healthcare isn’t just convenience but lives improved, extended and saved.”

NHS England National Director of Operations and Information, Matthew Swindells described the development of the new app as “just one step on the journey”, and alluded to plans for an NHS Apps Library and free wifi for NHS surgeries.

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