Introducing Anima: Our New Triage and Appointment System

Lyndhurst Surgery is pleased to announce it's new Triage and Appointment system.

On 13th June 2024, we will introduce ‘Anima’, a new way of contacting us to book your appointment or make an enquiry.

 

Why have we changed to Anima?

GP practices are experiencing significant strain with declining GP numbers and increasing demand. Ensuring that patients are seen by the appropriate person, in the right place and the right time means that patient care and experience is improved. The idea behind a total digital triage is also to avoid the “8am rush” that has become a problem for many. This approach is supported by NHS England who have advised that GP surgeries consider this approach in future.

Our appointments will continue to be offered according to clinical need whilst making sure our limited resources are put to best use.

We appreciate your patience whilst we transition to Anima as we are aware that introducing any new system takes time and perseverance.

We hope you find Anima useful. Feedback from other practices who have already been using Anima is very positive. We are really excited about this change and the benefits it will bring to our practice and patient journey.

 

Patient benefits of Anima

Practice benefits of Anima

  • You can provide all the information that the practice needs without waiting on the telephone.
  • Log on to see the status and outcomes of your current and past requests.
  • Submit requests at times which suit you, avoiding the traditional 8 am and 2 pm rush for appointments.
  • Self-booking links for GP appointments, saving the need to wait on the phone. 
  • Medical information is transferred and managed into your patient record.
  • Standardised requests which appear in a clear structured format, giving the clinician the information they need. 
  • Patient requests are triaged according to clinical urgency/priority. This will allow the team to focus on any urgent requests and manage routine enquiries appropriately.
  • Ensuring the patient sees the right clinician, in the right place at the right time.

 

Create an account with Anima

Create an account on Anima by clicking here or log in using your NHS app login details. You can create your account now prior to our ‘go live’ date of 13th June 2024.

Within your account dashboard you can see the status of any request you have made, book appointments and contact the practice.

Submit a medical or admin request

When you have a health concern you can complete a request on the Anima website or click here.

Once registered, you can submit requests for a variety of medical and administrative queries.

If you want to request a GP appointment, please select the option “I want help with a medical issue” or see our videos below.

 

This request is then reviewed by our team and an appropriate outcome is emailed to you, along with a text message.

If the outcome of the Anima is to book a GP appointment you will be sent a self-booking link. You should then be able to pick appointment which are convenient for you.

F&Qs

What are the opening times for Anima?

We aim to have Anima open from 7.30am – 4pm every weekday.

Occasionally we may have to close Anima early, see below for more details.

Why Is Anima closed?

On some days, demand for a GP appointment far outweighs the safe capacity we can provide. On these days, we may have to turn anima off early because we are full. If you think you need advice or assessment of an urgent medical problem please speak to our reception team who will be happy to help.

Remember there are also out of hours services when we are closed, including Lymington urgent treatment centre, 111 and 999.

How soon will I hear back?

We aim to respond to all queries as soon as possible. For urgent queries this should be the same day.

Some more routine queries may take us a few days to get back to you. You can always check the status of your query via your Anima dashboard.

What happens if I can’t access the internet or don’t feel confident using it?

We will have a tablet in reception where you can submit your ANIMA with or without help of our reception team.

Our reception team are always happy to help; they are able to submit requests for you and can call you back to inform you of the outcome of your request and book you in for the necessary appointment.

Your request will be handled in the same manner whether you complete the Anima request online yourself, or contact us via telephone, where our receptionists will ask the same questions and complete the Anima request on your behalf, to ensure equity of access for all patients. We would encourage all patients who can do so to use Anima, as this will prevent you needing to queue on the telephone and keep lines free for those who do not have internet access.

Can I use Anima to request a repeat prescription?

Currently, the process of requesting medication through Anima is not the easiest way. We would recommend you use the NHS app to request your repeat prescriptions.

Your prescriptions can also be requested via your nominated pharmacy or via our prescription request forms in reception.

Can I book nurse/MSK appointments through Anima?

You can certainly use Anima to request nurse and MSK appointments, but these can also be booked by calling reception in the usual way. The appointments that should be requested through Anima are GP appointments.

Is Anima an App?

No, Anima is not an app currently. It can only be accessed through the website. The Anima team are working on integration with the NHS app, and we will update you when this has happened.

You can log into Anima using your NHS app login credentials or create your own unique Anima username and password.

Can I contact Anima directly?

Yes! We would encourage you to email Anima’s support team on support@animahealth.com if you have trouble using the website.

Further support and tutorials

We will be holding some drop-in sessions to help with setting up accounts, this will be with our Operations team:

Friday 7th June, Tuesday 11th June & Wednesday 12th June, 12 -2pm

 

Please see links below to tutorials which may be of help:

 

Please note that e-consult will be unavailable from midday 12th June.