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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.

Why social care professionals should pledge for NHS Change Day

Social care is essential to effective health services, we need to see more pledges about integration


Time for change! Pledges range from improving patient outcomes to being punctual for meetings.

NHS Change Day started with a single tweet in 2012. A small group of healthcare staff decided they wanted to work together to do something better for patients.

In 2013, more than 189,000 people made their own personal pledge to do something different to improve care. Last week, the 2014 total was already 280,000.

The mission of the day is to inspire and mobilise people everywhere to take action by making a personal public pledge to make a difference – no matter how big or small. Everyone counts and every pledge matters.

'My legacy will be a celebration of NHS care'

Dr Kate Granger, a hospital registrar with an incurable cancer and months to live, will today present nursing awards in her honour


Terminally ill Kate Granger with her husband Chris

When Dr Kate Granger, a 32-year-old junior doctor specialising in elderly medicine, found herself on a gurney with a kidney infection in a Leeds NHS hospital last August, she couldn’t help noticing that, professional though the staff were, not all of them seemed to remember they were dealing with real people rather than anonymous patients.

“As I looked around the emergency department,” she explains in her soft Yorkshire accent, “I was struck how, for the most part, not one of the doctors or nurses or support staff introduced themselves. But when they did, it made such a difference to the person who was there to receive care.”