Book a doctor's appointment through your TV

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Trying to get a doctor’s appointment – that usually means a sold 30 minutes on the phone trying to get through, then being offered something in three days time – when you’re probably feeling better. There’s not a lot you can do about the second point, but the first could soon be replaced by a click of a TV remote.

Yes, after a successful pilot scheme, thousands of patients could soon be able to book an appointment via digital TV. Over 1,100 surgeries could now offer the service, which allows patients to make, amend and cancel appointments through digital TV and mobile phones – making life easier and reducing the number of missed appointments.

The service can be accessed through the Looking Local portal on the interactive menus on Sky, cable and Freeview boxes with a modem or broadband connection. You can also access via mobile phones with net access.

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Via BBC

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