The government is encouraging people to register for online access to their medical records by holding sign-up sessions around the island.
Patient Access is a website which allows patients to view their own records, book and cancel routine GP appointments, order repeat medications and see details of immunisations, prescribed medications and allergies.
It was launched last summer with patients able to sign-up at group practices in Ramsey, Peel, Castletown and Ballasalla.
The site will also show details of all people’s appointments with their GP, their symptoms and the diagnoses.
In addition to this, all laboratory test results will appear on the user’s record after they have been reviewed by the patient’s doctor.
This means that users will have details of results, including blood tests and pathology findings without having to wait for their next GP appointment or contact from their doctor.
Sign-up sessions will start on Wednesday at 10am at Ramsey Town Hall.
Anyone who wishes to sign up for Patient Access will need to be over 16 years old and bring photographic ID, such as a driving licence or passport, to the session.
They will then be provided with a registration code and login details they can use to sign-up.
Further sign-up sessions will also take place: at the House of Manannan in Peel on Thursday, February 16, from 1.30pm until 3pm; at Thie Rossian Health Community Centre (old Southlands), Station Road, Port Erin, on Friday, February 17, from 9am until 11am; at the Sea Termina in Douglas on Friday, February 17, from midday until 2pm; and again at the Sea Terminal on March 23, from 11am until 1.30pm.
More than 450 government employees have signed up for Patient Access and overall, just under 10 per cent of people registered with an Isle of Man GP have registered for the service.
Commenting on the initiative, Health and Social Care minister Kate Beecroft said: ’Patient Access puts patients in the driving seat when it comes to managing their own healthcare and I’m so pleased to support an initiative like this which is going to help more people get access to this superb service.
’That’s why it’s great to see so many people across government signing up as well. I’m sure that this will encourage even more members of the public to join, and that’s something all of the team here fully support and believe in.’
Government technology services director Richard Wild said: ’This is another example of how our Digital Strategy continues to go from strength to strength.
’Patient Access is one of the many ways that the strategy can really deliver benefits to people in the island.’
Annmarie Cubbon, head of Primary Care Commissioned Services, said: ’This is further proof how strongly we believe that patients should be given greater control and improved accessibility when it comes to their own healthcare.
’And it’s great to see so many government staff members stepping up and leading the way.’