Date of release: 16 August 2021
A new app, which will provide patients with more choice when accessing their GP practice, will launch next month.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is working in partnership with Babylon to develop a new digital offering for patients.
The app will allow patients to see their local Wolverhampton GP practice staff online using their mobile phone, iPad or computer from home, work or holiday. The nine participating practices are;
- Alfred Squire Road Health Centre
- Coalway Road Surgery
- Lakeside Medical Centre
- Lea Road Medical Practice
- Oxley Surgery
- Penn Manor Medical Centre
- Thornley Street Surgery
- Warstones Health Centre
- West Park Surgery
It will also give patients the option of booking their appointment online, in addition to their usual method of booking a GP appointment e.g. calling the practice.
Patients who register for the app will also get access to Babylon’s self-care tools such as symptom checker.
Trust Chief Executive Professor David Loughton CBE, said: “The partnership with Babylon is an exciting one for us as a Trust. The NHS has learned so much about the benefit of using digital platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic and we are excited to continue to develop this, in partnership with Babylon.
“This technology will enhance patient choice and give them greater control over their own health and wellbeing, supporting them to have their GP appointments at a time and location suitable for them.”
Dr. Umang Patel, Managing Director Value Based Care (UK), Babylon said: “The experience of the pandemic has made the case for integrated care even stronger and has redoubled the government’s determination to prioritise public health, focusing specifically on preventive healthcare.
Dr. Ali Parsa, CEO, Babylon, said: “We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with David and his brilliant team in RWT, to deepen our joint services and extend it to a significant proportion of the population of Wolverhampton.”
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