Managing your health and wellbeing online

There are lots of websites and apps that you can use to:

  • track and set goals to improve your health and wellbeing
  • get information about how to live well
  • other features such as manage your appointments and prescriptions

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Read more about a proof of concept that has started.

Health apps and websites can you use

There are new websites and apps being released all the time. So it can be hard to know which ones to use.

In East Cheshire you may have access to:

Patient Access

A secure online and mobile application offering access to a range of GP Services as well as access to your health record. It allows you to:

  • order repeat prescriptions
  • book, view and cancel appointments with your GP, nurse or clinician
  • access your health records, including test results and details of immunisation and allergies
  • have secure messaging with your practice
  • securely share your information with healthcare professionals of your choosing, without the need to contact your practice

You can read more about Patient Access at www.patientaccess.com

Patients Know Best

Cheshire East Council and NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (ECCCG) are reviewing a new interactive digital personal care record. It’s an interactive online health system, that’s personal to you.

The Council and ECCCG have commissioned a proof of concept (or prototype), and in January 2019 a small-scale proof of concept started for Thyroid Cancer patients at Leighton Hospital to monitor and test its effectiveness. It’s an invitation only model but if you’re interested get in touch.

The ambition is for it to contain information from all care settings, like your hospital appointments, clinic letters, and hospital prescribed medications. You will also be able to record and monitor any lifestyle goals you have through the record. It will allow you to communicate securely with participating doctors, consultants or others you invite to see your information. With your permission, it will also mean any health or care professionals involved in your care will be able to communicate with each other, which will help deliver safer and more consistent care.

It is a completely secure private system, using tried and trusted software; it is also completely free to use.

Evergreen Life

An online and mobile service which supports all the main GP systems in England. Requesting access to online patient services at your GP can enable you to:

  • view and download your medical record
  • book and cancel appointments
  • add appointments into your calendar
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • send a secure message to your GP 
  • read the latest news and updates from your GP
  • view your personal health record and take control of your health

Evergreen Life also provides a number of other useful benefits, including:

  • medication reminders
  • ability to store documents
  • a health and fitness monitor which tracks blood pressure, body fat percentage, blood glucose and more
  • trusted access to who you want at the level that you want
  • a timeline providing a complete view of your health in historical order.
  • an Evergreen Life DNA testing kit is available to order from within the app.

You can read more about Evergreen Life at www.evergreen-life.co.uk

DIMEC

DIMEC allows you to order online repeat prescriptions via a mobile app. It integrates directly with your GP’s computer system and pharmacy.

With DIMEC you can:

  • securely view your medication history
  • order your NHS repeat prescriptions
  • be notified when your medicines are ready at your chosen pharmacy

You can read more about DIMEC at www.dimec.me

eConsult

eConsult provides an online consultation portal.  It gives patients the ability to:

  • eConsult with their GP
  • self-check symptoms
  • receive instant self-help advice
  • be signposted to NHS 111, pharmacies and other health services

You can read more about eConsult at econsult.net

Other online services available nationally

Catch 0-5

Catch 0-5 is an NHS Health app for parents and carers of children aged 0-5. It offers the following benefits:

  • personalised advice – when you create a profile for each of your children the app will list health articles relevant to your child’s age
  • health information and advice drawn mainly from NHS Choices
  • updates with reminders about key health dates, such as childhood immunisations and seasonal advice. This also includes health information from your area such as bank holiday pharmacy opening times or urgent health news
  • maps of available local health and social care services within your area. This includes your nearest GP surgery, dentist and pharmacies
  • emergency information about symptoms and situations which require urgent medical help, such as allergic reactions or head injuries. In the event of an emergency this feature includes 'Call 999' and 'Call 111' buttons.

NHS App

The NHS App is for patients aged 13 or over to access a range of healthcare services online and will be integrated with the four IT systems used by general practice. Features of the App:

  • check their symptoms using the health A-Z on the NHS website
  • find out what to do when they need help urgently using NHS 111 online
  • book and manage appointments at their GP surgery
  • order their repeat prescriptions
  • securely view their GP medical record
  • register as an organ donor
  • choose whether the NHS uses their data for research and planning

The app is being rolled out gradually across England, following a successful pilot and is the first major platform to use the new NHS Login (for verifying a citizen’s identity).

More information about the NHS App.