What is Self-Book?
Self-Book aims to save practices time by reducing the manual steps involved in booking patients into appointments.
Using Self-Book, practices can choose which patients require a face-to-face or telephone appointment and send these patients a unique link via text.
Invited patients will be able to choose a time slot and day that they are available and, once chosen, they are booked directly into the practice’s appointment book without the need for the patient to call the surgery 🙌
How does it work?
Firstly you'll need to select the Self-Book icon in the bottom left of your compose message page 📆
Then you need to choose whether you'd like to invite your patient to a Face-to-face or Telephone appointment.
For Telephone appointments
Once you've chosen the Telephone option. You'll then need to select the slot type you'd like the patient to book themselves into within your appointment book. Next, you'll get a prompt to let you know that patients will be able to select a time window for their telephone appointment.
The time windows will be displayed as: 8.30am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6.00pm. When you then select Add link, the link will auto-populate in the message with the following message included 👇 (Note: you can create a message template for these messages if you'd like to add other details)
For Face-to-face appointments
Once you've chosen the Face-to-face option. You'll then need to select the slot type you'd like the patient to book themselves into within your appointment book. When you then select Add link, the link will auto-populate in the message with the following message included 👇 (Again you can add a message template for these messages)
What happens next?
Invited patients will receive a text message with a unique (and one-use-only) link. Once they click on their link, they can choose a time window or time slot (depending on appointment type) and date that they are available for their appointment (up to 6 weeks in the future).
Patients are automatically booked into one of the chosen appointment slots in EMIS or SystmOne. (Note: For telephone appointments patients are not given the exact time for the appointment, just whether the appointment is between 8:30am and 1:00pm or between 2:00pm and 6:00pm)
What will patients see?
Patients will receive a text message with their unique booking link. Once they've clicked on the link they will be prompted to enter their date of birth.
For telephone appointments, the patients will be able to choose a convenient time window for the telephone call 📞
For face-to-face appointments, the patients will be able to choose a convenient time slot for their in-person appointment 👨🏽⚕️
The patient will then receive a confirmation SMS with the appointment details
🌟 Note: Self-Book can also be used to invite cohorts of patients to book into a face-to-face appointment. Find out more here. 🌟