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Patient health records go online

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The portal will allow patients access to records via the internet

A scheme which gives patients access to their own health records over the internet is being piloted at two GP practices in Ayrshire.

The Patient Portal allows doctors appointments and repeat prescriptions to be booked through a secure website.

It also lets patients access their own test results, and track and monitor blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

If the £175,000 six-month trial is successful, it could be extended across the country.

The Patient Portal is being trialled at Townhead Surgery in Irvine and the Kilwinning Medical Practice.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "It will make life a great deal easier for patients, as well as supporting the delivery of the highest-possible quality of primary care.

"One of our most important priorities is to make patients partners in their own care, and this is exactly what the Patient Portal does.

"This is of course a pilot project, but NHS Ayrshire and Arran's efforts may pave the way for the rest of Scotland."

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