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Sick of waiting? The doctor will Skype you now

24CA6B6000000578-0-image-a-1_1457794928342Approximately 62 per cent have used a smartphone or computer for services including ordering repeat prescriptions, accessing medical records and even Skype-style video appointments with a doctor.

The survey found 29 per cent of people have ordered repeat prescriptions online, while nearly a fifth have had a video appointment with a GP.

A further 25 per cent said they would consider video consultation if it meant they could have a same-day appointment.

GPs have previously warned the wait for a face-to-face appointment could hit two weeks this year.

The figures come as the NHS has pledged all patients in England will be able to access detailed medical records online, such as immunization details and test results from next month.

Currently, 98 per cent of England’s 8,400 GP surgeries already offer online appointment booking, repeat prescription ordering and access to basic medical records.

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