Patients will be reminded of appointments by text messages

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1281
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    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.

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    Rather than paying for the messages themselves, NHS trusts are hoping for sponsorship from companies that will place advertisements in the message after …

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