The doc­tor will Skype you now: Med­i­cal Cen­tre tri­als on­line ser­vice

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

PA­TIENTS in the bor­ough can now have a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment – with­out leav­ing their home.

Wok­ing­ham Health Cen­tre in Rose Street is one of a hand­ful of lo­ca­tions in the coun­try pi­o­neer­ing a new dig­i­tal health ser­vice.

It means pa­tients can book an on­line con­sul­ta­tion with a GP rather than visit the surgery.

Called Push Doc­tor, the new ser­vice can be used on smart­phones, of­fer­ing quick, easy and con­ve­nient ac­cess to NHS trained doc­tors.

Pa­tients are able to book a face-to-face ap­point­ment if re­quired and the ser­vice is free to use for surg­eries that are part of the Mo­dal­ity Part­ner­ship.

Wok­ing­ham Health Cen­tre is a mem­ber of the scheme which serves more than 400,000 pa­tients across the coun­try.

Dr Dan Bun­stone, Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer, Push Doc­tor, said: “We are de­lighted to have se­cured our first NHS part­ner­ship with Mo­dal­ity Part­ner­ship.

“It rep­re­sents a ma­jor step for­ward for the pro­vi­sion of free dig­i­tal health­care within the NHS and de­liv­ers mean­ing­ful choice for pa­tients.

“For the first time pa­tients of part­ner surg­eries will be free to choose be­tween a phys­i­cal or an on­line ap­point­ment with an NHS GP.

“We are com­mit­ted to build­ing strong part­ner­ships with the NHS, work­ing with, not against, ex­ist­ing providers in or­der to bring the ben­e­fits of omni-chan­nel health to all.”

Vin­cent Sai, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Mo­dal­ity Part­ner­ship, added: “This is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for our pa­tients and we are proud to be shap­ing in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to tack­ling the pres­sures that face our front­line GP ser­vices.

“We want to em­brace tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments that will ben­e­fit our pa­tients in terms of choice, ac­cess and con­ve­nience.”

The ser­vice treated more than 1,000 dif­fer­ent con­di­tions last year in­clud­ing in­fec­tions, gas­tric, res­pi­ra­tory and men­tal health con­di­tions, while nine out of 10 peo­ple got the help they needed first time.

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