Although it is free to visit your GP, it is necessary to make an appointment to avoid disappointment if your doctor has too many patients to see on that same day. When you make an appointment with your doctor it is important that you arrive at least 15 minutes early. This is because if you are late, your appointment will be given to someone else and you will have to reschedule. When you do book an appointment to go to see your GP, it can take a long time because many people phone to make appointments. However, if you schedule an appointment online, you can save a lot of time and ensure that you can get the appointment for the time you want. Other benefits of booking a doctor’s appointment online are:
• Schedule routine appointment dates
• Order prescriptions
• Access parts of your GP records
Schedule Routine Appointments Online
When you have to phone to make an appointment you are never guaranteed that you will have an appointment for the day you want as well as the time you want. However, if you book an appointment yourself online you can book in advance which means that you are more likely to get an appointment that you need.
Order Prescriptions Online
When you book an appointment, you can also order prescriptions online. This is useful because it means that you don’t have to go to your doctors to order what you need, you can do it from the comfort of your own home. This also means that you can save making journeys to and from the doctors in order to get a prescription. When you order a prescription online, you can always keep on top of when they will need replaced and get them for a time that you need.
Access Some Information From Your GP Records
When you sign up to your GP’s online services, you get your own login account. This is where you will find relevant information that you could need, for example, any allergies, previous illnesses, and information about medicines and how up to date you are with vaccinations. It is useful to have access to this information as it means that you will be able to keep track of illnesses you have had in the past. This can be helpful because you learn more about medicines that have been prescribed to you.