Launched in 2005, the service allows patients or clinicians to book appointments in hospital or other care settings online.
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In an announcement made at NHS Expo – currently taking place in Manchester – it was revealed 150 acute hospital trusts and 7,110 GP practices have moved to the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) for sending and receiving all first outpatient appointments.
A total of 47 acute hospital trusts and 2,479 GP practices have now switched, almost five weeks ahead of the deadline, NHS Digital has confirmed.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has moved to a fully electronic referral service for hospital appointments.
Provider trusts will now only receive payment for outpatient appointments for which the referral was made electronically, in a change intended to encourage use of the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS).
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NHS England has set aside £55 million to reward GPs and hospitals to increase the uptake of electronic referrals to 100% by 2018.
The NHS e-Referral Service is not producing any reports for users – nearly four months after go-live.
GPs and NHS trusts are unable to access the new NHS e-Referral Service just hours after it was launched, due to “technical difficulties”.
The NHS e-Referral Service will finally go live this Monday, replacing Choose and Book; but users shouldn’t expect major changes until later in the summer.
John Lockley feels over-positive tweets and communications to the NHS do nobody any favours. Fortunately, the new e-Referral Service is not taking this approach.