A new NHS mobile app will put patients in England in direct contact with their GPs.
The app will allow users to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and see their medical files held by the surgery. They will also be able to sign up as organ donors, decide how their health data is used and get advice from the 111 service.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt hopes that some people may decide they do not need an appointment after using the 111 service on the NHS app to check their symptoms, thereby reducing GP's workload. Research has shown that only 30% of patients seeking help need a face-to-face appointment. He said that digital developments such as the new app will give people more control over their own health, turning them into "expert patients".
Testing of the NHS app will begin in September and it will then be available for anyone in England to download in December for both Android and Apple devices.