Health advice now live on digital TV

NHS 24, (the Scottish equivelant to NHS Direct), has launched a new digital TV channel providing health information and advice on local services in Scotland.

The channel is available on Freesat, Sky and Virgin. An app for iPhones, iPads and android smartphones also gives access to the digital service.

The channel offers information from NHS 24, NHS inform and Care Information Scotland web services.

NHS 24 is using the system to pilot a scheme with Dunblane Medical Practice where patients can book appointments with their GP and which, in future, may enable them to order repeat prescriptions.

Heath Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "We want to ensure that more people in Scotland can access health information and advice where and when they need it, particularly those who need it most. Many Scots, including those living in our more deprived communities and older people, do not have access to the internet at home. Now they can access this information, quickly and easily through their televisions.

"Since it went live, there have been more than 30,000 contacts a month accessing the channel from their front rooms in Scotland and that is set to increase. We are piloting booking GP appointments and looking at whether repeat prescriptions can be ordered through the channel in future. It is now possible to check on your alcohol intake through your remote and soon a full health check may be available."

DTG Staff  |  27.09.2011

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