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Electronic outpatient system set to save NHS at least £50m

 

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Electronic outpatient system set to save NHS at least £50m

When GPs refer patients using the NHS e-Referral service (e-RS) from 1 October 2018, patients will be able to choose an appointment at a time and date that suits them, which is expected to halve the rate of patients missing appointments from 10% today.

The switch to electronic only referrals will mean doctors and patients will be able to see in advance which services are available and how quickly the patient can be seen.

Patients can book or alter appointments online at www.nhs.uk/referrals using a mobile phone or tablet which will save the GP practice time and cuts the NHS's phone bill.

NHS Digital has launched a Just e-Referrals campaign to support trusts as they prepare to hit the target.