Patients will be reminded of appointments by text messagesBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1281-a (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1281
- Owen Dyer
Mobile phone text messages will be sent to patients in England to remind them of upcoming appointments with their doctor in a trial to begin next month. Organisers of the scheme hope to reduce the burden of missed appointments, which cost the NHS an estimated £400m ($660m; ‡560m) a year.
Rather than paying for the messages themselves, NHS trusts are hoping for sponsorship from companies that will place advertisements in the message after …