Latest version of Choose and Book released28th October 2010
Release 5.0 of Choose and Book was released by NHS Connecting for Health last weekend.
The electronic booking software system has been the subject of a redesign and has added functionality to deal with appointment problems.
CfH said the release would make the system simpler and would be helpful to doctors and patients.
Since the start of October over 24 million referrals had passed through the Choose and Book system.
Data from August revealed that the Choose and Book system is being employed for about 500,000 first outpatient referrals per month - 53% of the total amount.
The information also showed that the software was used for around 140,000 to 150,000 other types of referrals.
Dr Stephen Miller, a GP in Lambeth and Choose and Book national medical director, told EHI Primary Care: "GPs do want to use the service, but they want to know that all the services are on there, that they are directly bookable and that there will be an appointment to book for that service."
He added: "It's now much clearer and more intuitive for referrers. There are several different ways of finding services, using drop-down boxes. There is also the ability to search by location, rather than just by postcode, and to search by shortest waiting times."
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Title: Latest version of Choose and Book released
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16539
Date Added: 28th Oct 2010