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