Dr Taz Aldawoud, Bradford GP and Bradford CCG Board Member, said:
“The new approach, using the app, means people will be able to book onto certain groups and services themselves within the Evergreen Life app.
“For example, if someone with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) books an appointment online, or orders a repeat prescription, they can be matched with non-medical activities that have been shown to benefit the condition.
“This could include local swimming sessions or a walking club, with people who may only be suffering from the same condition.As a GP, trying to keep up to date with what local services are available and where is very challenging.
“Trying to ensure these services are customised to my patients’ specific health needs is even harder. It also means patients might not need to make a GP appointment to find this additional support, freeing up more time for everyone.”
Collette Connolly, head of commissioning for self-care and prevention and Bradford CCG, commented:
“This new app will help people better manage their own care and take control of their own health and wellbeing.
“It offers a personalised ‘social prescription’ that complements face-to-face GP consultations and clinical services so people in the district can access community groups and activities to improve their health.
“The suggestions are personally tailored to each patient which also offers them the ability to save, print and share their activities.”
Clinical lead for the project and Practice Nurse at Westcliffe Surgery, Jane Patrickson, said:
“We are making people aware of the online services they can benefit from now, such as booking appointments online and ordering prescriptions online.
“By engaging with our patients to increase awareness, people are becoming more confident in managing their own health.
“The social prescribing online service is a fantastic extension to online services that people can do themselves - if they feel they do not need to see someone face to face. This can only be a good thing to help improve better patient outcomes, faster.”