Coronavirus triggers 500% surge in uptake of Now Patient app

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Now Patient, the mobile app created by MediaCityUK-headquartered Now Healthcare Group, has seen a 500% surge in uptake over the last seven days as the UK battles to deal with COVID-19.

The app allows NHS patients to order repeat prescriptions to be delivered to their homes. New and returning patients - mainly over-60s with underlying health conditions - have turned to the app as an alternative to heading out to their local Pharmacy.

Lee Dentith (above), CEO and Founder of Now Healthcare Group, said: “This is a very concerning time for so many people, especially those living with underlying health conditions, and now is the time that people can start to understand  the huge benefit of technology and put their trust first-hand in using app-based services like Now Patient.

“Many of our patients must go into a period of social-distancing so heading out to their local Pharmacy to collect the numerous medications is not an option – particularly when the Pharmacies can be a breeding ground for germs. We are proud to play a small role in helping to keep people safe and contain spread of the virus in the best way possible way”.

Earlier this month, NHS bosses announced that they wanted England’s 7,000 GP surgeries to start conducting as many remote consultations as possible, using phone, video, online and text contact instead of patient visits.