Patients set to access medical records and book GP appointments online

Health Minister Edwina Hart has announced funding for a new website which will enable patients to check their medical records on-line.

‘My Health Online’, a new bilingual NHS Wales website, will also give patients in Wales the facility to order repeat prescriptions and book appointments with their GP. It will link to the existing NHS Direct Wales website and include advice and information to help patients manage health conditions.

Announcing the new website Edwina Hart said: “The demand for online GP services is increasing and we recognise that providing accessible information is critical if we want to enable people to change their lifestyles and improve their health.

“The Welsh Assembly Government is also committed to improving access to health services for people living in rural communities. My Health Online will particularly save lengthy journeys to GP practices.

“The website will also help empower people to take responsibility for their own health through the completion of a health diary which can be shared with their GP.”

Work will now start on developing the exact details and requirements of the website – we’ll let you know when it launches.