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Babylon: GP appointments via your smartphone

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Cheesus, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. Cheesus

    Cheesus Senior Member

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    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/02/gp-smartphone-apps-threat-to-nhs
     
  2. trishrhymes

    trishrhymes Senior Member

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    Interesting. I'd much prefer this being done by the NHS GP surgery as part of their service.

    My GP practice has a telephone consultation service that I find really useful, as I find it pretty impossible to get to the surgery. You just phone the practice an ask to book a telephone consultation. The doctor phones back sometime later that day and they have all your notes available on their computer screen so they can see straight away what recent treatment you've had and drugs you're on etc.

    I'm sure this saves them money and time, as quick queries and minor symptoms can be dealt with efficiently rather than having to book everyone in for a 10 minute appointment, and they can filter who needs to be seen by a doctor and how quickly and book you an appointment if needed.

    A doctor also phones everyone who asks for a home visit to help them triage who to see first and whether you really need a home visit, rather than the receptionist trying to decide.

    I don't know whether other GP practices do this. I guess the next step would be this sort of on-line based service.
     
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    Cheesus Senior Member

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    @trishrhymes My GP service has something similar. All of the doctors have telephone time after morning surgery. You can also book a Skype appointmemt and I even have my GP's email address (I suppose I am a special snowflake).

    I'm not sure why it can take people up to two weeks to get an appointment. My practice releases a few in advance but most have to be booked on the day. It means you can always see a doctor the same day.
     

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