Getting a doctor’s appointment isn’t always easy. Phoning your practice at 8am can feel like the last thing you want to do if you’re feeling under the weather – then you have to get dressed before making your way to the surgery! Surely there’s an easier way of seeking medical attention, that doesn’t involve searching your symptoms online, to find you have only ten minutes left to live (we’ve all done it)!
Thanks to technology, there have been huge advancements in medical research and many medical professionals believe now is the time to extend these technological advancements to doctor’s appointments, making a visit to the GP as simple and stress-free as possible.
Introducing virtual GP appointments. This new approach to visiting the doctor is currently being trialled in London but there are plans to launch the scheme nationally. In order to use this service, people must download one of the few apps that provides this service to their smartphone or tablet.
These apps provide a 24/7 service which allows you to speak to a real NHS GP about your health concerns from the comfort of your own home. Although the app is free to download, there is a small cost of around £5 per month (depending which app you have), if you need to speak to a GP.
After answering a number of questions about your symptoms, you have the option of making an appointment. Here, you have the opportunity to opt for a male or female GP. The appointment is then made at a time to suit you. Following this, you should be able to speak to the GP within an hour or two.
Once you have had your consultation, you may be prescribed with medication. You can choose which pharmacy you would like your prescription to be sent to then it should arrive there for your collection that same day!
Often, after visiting the GP, you are trying to listen to that much information you can walk out forgetting everything they said! This is why the conversation video you had with the GP is recorded onto your device, so if you forget anything discussed, you can watch it over.
Of course, these types of GP visits aren’t for everyone and especially may not be for you if you have any complex health conditions as using this service means you have to leave your existing practice. However, if you find you struggle to get yourself to the doctor or simply think you would be more at ease speaking to a GP in the comfort of your own home, then perhaps you might want to keep your eyes peeled for the expansion of this scheme coming to your area!
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