The Notts NHS App is helping over 77,000 Nottingham and Nottinghamshire residents look after their health, care and wellbeing like never before and now it's sponsoring the Nottinghamshire Live Heroes Awards
The NHS in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are revolutionising the way people access healthcare services across the city and county, by providing digital health tools to help people manage their health, care and wellbeing online.
More than 77,046 people are now using the Notts NHS App, a simple and secure way to access NHS services on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
This ground-breaking technology is being delivered by Connected Nottinghamshire and offers patients a platform that works across health and care providers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire's Integrated Healthcare System.
John Pearson and his wife Alli, both aged 75, have been using the pioneering technology for over a year and find it invaluable.
The Notts NHS App gives people access to non-emergency medical services and professional help when they need it, simply with a few clicks of a button! Patients can manage appointments with their GP - both face-to-face and virtual - keep up-to-date with their medical records and ordering repeat prescriptions, check out any symptoms and the latest information about healthcare in the palm of your hand.
The App can also connect to your wearable devices like Fitbits, or smartwatches or glucometers, so you can upload data about your daily exercise habits to share with your health or care provider.
The Notts NHS App can be accessed through the NHS App, powered by the NHS and by trusted partners Patients Know Best for the benefit of people living in the city and wider county.
This award is honouring people who have worked selflessly to improve the quality of life for their community.
A Connected Nottinghamshire spokeswoman said: "Having experienced first-hand the difficulties of delivering practical initiatives due to social isolations, national and local lockdowns; we’ve seen the significant impact adapting to change and overcoming obstacles to ensure services are as accessible has made to those who experience the greatest barriers and inequalities.
"That’s why we are excited and humbled to hear about individuals who have the instinctive drive to improve their community and have thought creatively about how to do this.
"Community engagement, social action and focusing on the needs of our population are at the heart of everything we do at Connected Nottinghamshire, which is why the Community Action Award resonated with the Notts NHS App project. It works to improve the quality of life for everyone in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire by helping our community take control of their health and care needs."
This year's awards ceremony will be live-streamed in a virtual event on Thursday, June 3, 2021.
Nominations for the awards are now closed but you can find tickets to attend the ceremony online here.
Catherine Cooper, admin support officer at Connected Nottinghamshire, says: "John is a member of our Patient Advisory Group and helps us with ensuring the App is accessible to all and is what the public want through co-production and co-design.
"Both himself and his wife Alli have had several complicated health issues in the last 12 months, and have found the Notts NHS App to be significant in enabling them to access impartial advice and medication from many different health providers and collating medical history that could be shared with those professionals too."
To find out more about John and Alli's experience with the Notts NHS App, carry on reading below.
Having signed up to the NHS Notts App last year, John and his wife Alli from Ollerton, near Newark, have been steadily reaping its benefits and taking control of their health and wellbeing.
John says: "I think the App's brilliant. I can securely message my GP right now with a query and I know I would have an answer first thing in the morning. I can even get my regular prescriptions delivered straight to my door or dropped off at my local pharmacy for pick-up on the same day."
His wife Alli says: "I've got an on-going health issue, which at the moment is unresolved. I requested my health records from my GP using the Notts NHS App and they were sent to me within the hour. I could go through them, read the correspondence from various consultants I'd seen in the past and write to them via the App. I even wrote to my GP using the App and got a response the next day. I just find it very useful."
John also added: "I've already recommended the App to my friends who are in the same age group as me because it's so easy to use and convenient. It not only saves you time by letting you access medical advice and all of your health care records from the comfort of your own home, but saves the NHS and its staff valuable time and effort as well.
"My role as a Patient Advisory Group member involves giving Connected Nottinghamshire, who deliver the App across the region, honest and impartial feedback about our user experiences with it. I do that via social media and sometimes directly to people who help administer the App and my views are always taken seriously."
Patient data security and safety is a priority for Connected Nottinghamshire and all registered patients who use the Notts NHS App.
Rosie Atkin, project implementation manager at Connected Nottinghamshire, says: "The NHS App uses NHS login which provides a secure and re-usable way for people to access multiple digital health and social care services with a single login. There are two different pathways people can follow to verify themselves and access their information when they sign up for the App.
"You can prove who you are using photo I.D. such as a driving license or passport, followed by inputting several other forms of information, such as your date of birth and practice, which is matched against your official records. Alternatively, you can access the services through the registration details for your GP surgery’s online services."
Catherine Cooper, admin support officer at Connected Nottinghamshire, added: "Health and care professionals can also see which information the patient has submitted themselves to the App, and which information a healthcare professional has added, for extra clarity.
"Patients will be able to input their own data by self-recording information such as their blood pressure and daily exercise habits, which can be monitored by a GP or nurse to further improve their health and wellbeing."