FOI reference: FOI/17/02630
Date received: 2 November 2017
Date responded: 28 November 2017
Progress on what the Scottish Government has done to ensure GP surgeries in Scotland allow for patients to book repeat prescriptions and some appointments online. You asked for data outlining what percentage of GP surgeries allow patients to a) order repeat prescriptions online, b) book some appointments online and c) offer both repeat prescriptions and appointment online.
The eHealth Strategy 2014-2017 published by the Scottish Government in March 2014 encourages all GP practices in Scotland to offer repeat prescribing and appointment booking as online services, with a view to at least 90% of practices offering this service by the end of 2017.
In 2015 the Scottish Government announced the Primary Care Digital Services Development Fund of £6 million, later increased by a further £2 million, which is being used to fund developments such as online appointment booking, digital infrastructure improvements, and enhanced / innovative digital services such as on-line triage. We completed an analysis of GP processes and systems around Scotland and provided the Boards with a framework to ensure this funding is used effectively and targeted at meeting local needs. It is a key stage in the journey towards the digital transformation of primary care services which is crucial to safeguard their longer-term sustainability and efficiency.
The table below compiles data provided by the fourteen territorial NHS Boards to the Scottish Government on progress made with the percentage of GP Practices in Scotland offering on-line appointments and/or repeat prescriptions as of 31st August 2017.
The table should be referred to in line with the following points:
On 31st August 2017, there were 948 GP Practices in Scotland eligible for support from the Primary Care Digital Services Development Fund
The table shows the total percentage of GP Practices per NHS Board that are using the additional online functionality of their core IT system to offer online appointment booking and/or repeat prescriptions for patients, or are doing this via an alternative functionality on their Practice website.
On the basis of the figures per Board in the table below, the national percentage of GP Practices in Scotland offering on-line appointments and/or repeat prescriptions on 31st August 2017 was 86%.
The figures given are the latest ones available. A further increase in some of the figures is expected during the remainder of 2017.
We do not currently hold separate figures for online appointment booking or repeat prescriptions.
The figures have been gathered from NHS Boards to provide internal management information. They are not officially approved statistics and therefore no guarantee can be given with regard to the accuracy of the figures.
|31 August 2017|
|NHS BOARD||GP PRACTICES CURRENTLY OFFERING ONLINE APPOINTMENTS AND/OR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS|
|Ayrshire & Arran||85%|
|Dumfries & Galloway||85%|
|Greater Glasgow & Clyde||90%|
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