Would you use an app instead of a Doctors visit?

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.

20 thoughts on “Would you use an app instead of a Doctors visit?

  • June 16, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    Depends what u need to speak to a GP about . If it’s quick and simple that’s fine . I rarely go my drs but if I need to it’s because I really need to be seen . When my eczema was bad then no, as I knew when I needed steroids or antibiotics so a quick online consultation would be great

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  • June 16, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    Couldn’t be any worse than dealing with the practice I’m with!

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  • June 16, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    Yes, better than the 5 week wait I had last time I needed a doctor. I hardly ever need one, not been in 3 years then a 5 week wait calling up every morning at 8:30 to get an engaged tone time and time again

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  • June 16, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    No, as Id prefer to talk to a GP face to face, as to many things are being done through technology and what if the app goes down, I believe this could also course people to lose their jobs as there could be less and less people going to the GP’s, yes getting an appointment can sometimes be difficult, but if the government stop cutting back on NHS and GP’s practices things might be different.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    Don’t think I’d like this. I like to have a face to face appointment. But there again, I’d have to if there was no choice.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    No face to face is best. Especially if they want to check things out. Lumps, rashes etc. Seeing a doctor via an app is a bit much. Better than not being able to see one at all though I suppose!

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  • June 16, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    I’d like to see this service in each practice, then you can have the choice of using the service or seeing my GP without having to change practices.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    Yes I think this is a good idea better than waiting weeks for an appointment

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