Category Archives: internet

Is your GP surgery equipped for the digital future?

Doctors’ practices are becoming increasingly hi-tech in an effort to make a streamlined NHS more convenient for the public

55 per cent of practices already offer repeat prescriptions online

Appointments that you can make online, while still in your pyjamas. Repeat prescriptions that can be ordered in the same way. Secure access to your own medical records from your laptop. The option for a consultation over the internet via Skype. And, when you do need to pop into the doctor’s surgery in person, proper Wi-fi, so that you can download the latest podcasts about healthy living, browse consultant appointments on NHS Choices, and book them, too, before you go home.

Digital skills will bring benefits for carers

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Friday, February 14, 2014 – 11:18 GMT

In an interview with Healthcare Innovation Daily, Annette King, a manager with Digital Birmingham, says that acquiring the skills to access the internet and its many resources has multiple benefits.

“There are two things carers would generally like do”, she says. “One is to talk to other carers so they don’t feel that they are on their own.

“The other is about the condition of the person they are looking after, so that they can improve their caring”, she added.

‘Wealth of the Web’ Report Launched

27 January 2014

Age UK London Calls for More to be Done to Help Get Older Londoners Online

Age UK London has today launched a report outlining recommendations for getting more of the 2.1 million older people in London online.

78% of Londoners aged over 75 are not online and a total of 661,000 people over the age of 55 in London have never used the internet; Wealth of the Web: Broadening Horizons Online tackles the issue of how to decrease these figures. Specific recommendations are made for older people themselves, the Age UK London Network, voluntary sector organisations, regional and local government, funders and those in the private sector.

The report looks at the obstacles to older people being online, which range from lack of interest to financial cost and lack of training and support as well as the drivers behind getting older people online which include family support and specific interests and hobbies.