You can register for online services in a number of ways.
You can download the NHS app on your smartphone or tablet.
If you are already registered with the surgery, you can visit in person with your ID and we will provide you with login details.
Before you register
You can use the internet to book appointments with a GP, request repeat prescriptions for any medications you take regularly and look at your medical record online. You can also still use the telephone or call in to the surgery for any of these services as well. It’s your choice.
Being able to see your record online might help you to manage your medical conditions. It also means that you can access it from anywhere in the world should you require medical treatment on holiday. If you decide not to join or wish to withdraw, this is your choice and surgery staff will continue to treat you in the same way as before. This decision will not affect the quality of your care.
You will be given login details, so you will need to think of a password which is unique to you. This will ensure that only you are able to access your record, unless you choose to share your details with a family member or carer.
The surgery has the right to remove online access to services for anyone that doesn’t use them responsibly.
If signed up, you can get access to:
- booking GP appointments online
- repeat prescriptions online
- viewing your GP records online
It will be your responsibility to keep your login details and password safe and secure. If you know or suspect that your record has been accessed by someone who does not have your permission to see it, then you should change your password immediately.
If you can’t do this for some reason, we recommend that you contact the surgery so that we can remove online access until you are able to reset your password.
If you print out any information from your record, it is also your responsibility to keep this secure. If you are at all worried about keeping printed copies safe, we recommend that you do not make copies at all.
Before you apply for online access to your record, there are some other things to consider.
Although the chances of any of these things happening are very small, you will be asked that you have read and understood the following before you are given login details.
Things to consider
There may be something you have forgotten about in your record that you might find upsetting.
Abnormal results or bad news
If your GP has given you access to test results or letters, you may see something that you find upsetting to you. This may occur before you have spoken to your doctor or while the surgery is closed and you cannot contact them.
Choosing to share your information with someone
It’s up to you whether or not you share your information with others, perhaps family members or carers. It’s your choice, but also your responsibility to keep the information safe and secure.
If you think you may be pressured into revealing details from your patient record to someone else against your will, it is best that you do not register for access at this time.
Your medical record is designed to be used by clinical professionals to ensure that you receive the best possible care. Some of the information within your medical record may be highly technical, written by specialists and not easily understood.
If you require further clarification, please contact the surgery for a clearer explanation.
Information about someone else
If you spot something in the record that is not about you or notice any other errors, please log out of the system immediately and contact the surgery as soon as possible.
For more information about keeping your healthcare records safe and secure, you can read a helpful leaflet produced by the NHS in conjunction with the British Computer Society.