Digital Services





  • PCN GP Digital Lead – Dr Mark Law
  • PCN Digital Transformation Lead – Erin Shakespeare
  • PCN Digital Projects Coordinator & IT Lead – Jo Cable

Apps present a fantastic opportunity to provide us with valuable health information which can help us not only improve the quality of our healthcare, but also help us to live healthier lives.

The market is awash with apps, and we have no ability to see whether what is being downloaded will actually improve our health or if our personal data will be stored safely.

For that reason, NHS Dorset have partnered up with ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) to provide this site for you all to solve just those problems.

  • Digital Services can Empower you to manage and improve your health. Health Care Apps give you a different approach via self-management information for health, care and wellbeing. 
  • Orcha has a large selection of Health Apps to choose from, tailored to your individual health needs and platform operation system.
  • It reviews around 500 apps every month, including automatic re-reviews of apps when they are updated.
  • It is free to browse and use, with many apps available for free download.
  • You can feel confident that any Health and Wellbeing app you download, has been thoroughly tested and scored by ORCHA for your peace of mind.
  • Your Digital Lead has access to the library and, by using their professional licence, is able to recommend apps directly to you.

Find information and access to apps on the ORCHA website here



If you’re a patient at one of our practices, you can use the NHS App to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

It doesn’t replace existing services. 

You can still contact us in the usual ways. But, once you have verified your identity in the app, you will have easy, 24/7 access to a growing range of health services and information.

Advice and information:

  • search symptoms, conditions, and treatments 
  • get health advice through 111 online 
  • find NHS services near you 
  • check your NHS number


  • book and cancel appointments 
  • check your referrals and hospital appointments 
  • manage vaccinations 


  • nominate a pharmacy and order repeat prescriptions  

Manage your health:

  • access your GP health record securely 
  • register your organ donation decision 
  • take part in health research  

Send and receive messages:

  • send an online form about your symptoms, conditions, or treatment directly to the surgery  
  • receive messages and notifications 
  • view messages from your GP surgery and get notifications through your phone or tablet 

Help someone else:

  • link profiles. You can apply to access the health records, appointments and prescriptions of people you care for (including children) – or get help from someone you trust 

If you have any problems using the NHS App, you can select ‘help’ in the top right-hand corner of the app or visit the NHS website.