Our new digital Patient Hub
We’ve launched a new way for you to receive information about your appointments and care in our hospitals. Our new digital Patient Hub allows you to view all your appointment details online and to see copies of letters and other information related to your care and treatment.
We began trialling the Patient Hub on Thursday 10 August 2023 for patients in our orthotics service, which provide prescription insoles, braces, footwear, spinal jackets and helmets to patients to recover from or avoid injury. This does not include paediatrics orthotics patients at this time, which provide a similar service to people under the age of 18. We plan to add other services to the digital Patient Hub over the coming months.
How it works
Whenever we make an outpatient appointment for you or make a change to an existing appointment, we will send you a text message with links to the information on the digital Patient Hub.
You will be able to use the service to check your appointments and to receive and download appointment letters and other information, such as leaflets about your condition, maps to explain where to come for your appointment or questionnaires about your symptoms and medical history.
How to sign in to the Patient Hub
If you have an upcoming appointment with a service which is available on the digital Patient Hub, you will receive a text message from ‘NHS-NoReply’ notifying about your appointment as normal. On this next page, you will receive a link to the Patient Hub sign in page, and you can then follow the steps to access the service (see details for this in our frequently asked question section below).
Help us to help you
Do we have your up-to-date contact details, including your mobile number? We will use these to send you a link to sign in to the digital Patient Hub. If you need to update your contact details, you can let us know by calling the number on your most recent appointment letter.
You can still receive appointment letters and information by post if that’s your preference
Using the digital Patient Hub is completely optional, and you will still receive paper letters and other information by post.
What you can do on the digital Patient Hub
- Check the date, time and location of your upcoming outpatient appointments
- See copies of letters from us about your care
- Receive messages from the service or services providing your care
We plan to add more features to the Patient Hub, which we will announce in due time.
Frequently asked questions
No. We will automatically enrol you onto the digital Patient Hub, and will also continue to communicate with you by post and phone as we do now. Once you login to the service, you will be able to see your outpatient appointment details, letters and other information online.
When we make a new outpatient appointment for you, or change an existing outpatient appointment, we will send you a text message with a link to the digital Patient Hub:
- Click on the link, which will take you to the Patient Hub sign-in screen
- Confirm your mobile number and date of birth
- We will then receive a 6-digit authentication code from ‘NHS-NoReply’
- Enter the code once you receive it
Note: Once you receive the authentication code, you have approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds to submit this. You can however request that the code is resent or a new code provided 3 times, after which you may need to wait 1 minute before requesting a new code or, if the link is disabled, you will need to return to the initial sign in screen and start the sign in process again.
No. You will still receive letters and information about your care by post.
To begin with, you will be able to see your outpatient appointments and clinic letters. As we add more features to the digital Patient Hub, you will be able to see more information about your care.
We are planning for most of our outpatient services to go live on the digital Patient Hub over the next few months. As this happens, you will be able to use the service to see information about your appointments and care from different services as they go live.
Yes, you will need to sign into for the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust Patient Hub in order to see letters and information about your care with us.
Patient Hub can be used by anyone aged 18 or over who has an appointment at any of our hospitals, as long as the service has been made available on our digital Patient Hub. When it launches, orthotics will be the only service available on the Patient Hub, with the aim for other services to be added over the coming months.
No. At this time, only one person can be registered to a Patient Hub account and it must be the patient themselves rather than someone signing up for the service on behalf of a family member.
However, if your mobile number has been added to another patient’s electronic record (which would be the case for someone in your care), you will receive text notifications for any appointments that are booked for them. When signing into the Patient hub, you will need to use your mobile number and their date of birth. Once these have been verified, you will receive the 6-digit authentication code.
In the case of siblings who share the same date of birth, you will need to enter the 3-letter code contained within the original appointment notification text message before being provided with the 6-digit authentication code.
The digital Patient Hub is not available for Children under 18.
A parent or guardian cannot register on behalf of their child at this time, but we can still provide patient letters and other information via post to patients and guardians on behalf of children under 18, as is the current process.
Yes, you can sign in for and view the digital Patient Hub on a computer or tablet. We will send you a six-digit authentication code by text message from ‘NHS-NoReply’ which can be picked up on a standard mobile phone. Due to the authorisation process, you cannot sign in to for Patient Hub without authorising your account via text message
If you are unable to sign into our digital Patient Hub you will still receive patient letters and other information via post.
You can choose to not receive appointment notifications via the Profile tile in the Patient Hub. You will however still receive appointment reminders via text message. To stop all text messages, you will need to telephone the booking team using the number at the top of your appointment letter and they will be able to change your contact preferences for you.
Your most recent appointment letter will have full details of the type of appointment you have and any additional instructions. Just find and view the letter on the digital Patient Hub. If you are still unsure, contact the team who are caring for you using the contact details on your appointment letter
If you see information in the hub about you or your treatment which you think isn’t right, please contact the team or service who are caring for you so that we can correct it. You can find the phone number on your most recent patient letter.
Yes. If you choose not to sign-in when we first invite you, you will still receive a text reminder with a link to sign-in and also a new text notification for any future outpatient appointments, unless you choose to opt out of receiving text messages.
If you decide that you no longer wish to use the digital Patient Hub, you can cancel your account by following these steps:
- Log into your account
- Select profile
- Unselect SMS and Email
- Select confirm
- Follow the instructions presented on the screen
If you decide to delete your East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust Patient Hub account, you will also be given an option to stop text messages being sent to you.
If you choose this, you will not receive text appointment reminders and further texts inviting you to re-join the digital Patient Hub when new appointments are scheduled.
Appointment letters and any reminders will all be sent by post, and you will also receive a text confirmation at the end of the process which explains how to opt back into receiving text messages if you change your mind later.