Would you use an app instead of a Doctors visit?
GP at Hand is a new way of accessing your GP, it has not arrived in Telford yet, but it’s getting closer.
It works like this: You register with GP at Hand like you were changing your doctors. You can then request an appointment and use the app like a video call or facebook message. The appointment is done remotely.
The big advantage is that, at the moment, you don’t have to call up to get an appointment in 3 weeks to enter into the lottery to get an appointment today.
You get your appointment, and ‘see’ a Doctors, in some cases in minutes.
From the reviews, it seem most people are happy with the service.
Why some Drs don’t like it
On BBC Politics today a GP spokesman suggested that it affects the funding of GP practices. All GP practices are private businesses and always have been since the inception of the NHS. Currently, they are paid for in part by the NHS paying the surgery for each patient on the books. Even if you don’t go.
This could mean that the GP practice is left with the time consuming, expensive, awkward cases while the App services the easy and quick cases.
GP at Hand do have regular GP surgeries in some area and can offer appointments.
The system is going on Trial in Solihull. Would you consider using it?
Pic: GP At Hand app.