A doorstep GP service has been launched in Birmingham. The GP Delivered Quick (GPDQ) service delivers an on-demand doctor straight to your door via a smartphone app, within an average of 90 minutesat a cost of around £150 for a 25-minute weekend consultation.
The price, which starts at £120 for a weekday consultation, and £150 for a weekend appointment, includes written prescriptions or referrals, and is already up and running in London.Now, the people behind GPDQ have rolled it out to Birmingham, seven days a week between 8am and 11pm.
There will be around 20 doctors initially working in the city, with a view to increasing the number as the service grows.The doctor behind the app, Dr Anshumen Bhagat, a North London GP with 15 years experience in the NHS and private healthcare, explained:
“This is digitising the home visit – it really is that simple. Patients benefit from speed and flexibility, with the ability to see a doctor when and where it suits them, booking and tracking their GP through their smartphone. Our 25-minute appointments allow for a more in-depth consultation, whilst our two-hour prescription delivery service provides an extra level of convenience.”
The Care Quality Commission-approved service launched first in London last December with great success, according to Dr Bhagat.the feedback from patients and doctors in London has been fantastic, he said he has now expanded the service to include vaccinations and health checks while also looking to offer corporate solutions to improve employee wellbeing.
GPDQ say they put all GPs through rigorous screening, a face-to-face interview process and intensive training before they go live on the service. Thereafter, GPs receive continuous professional development support, with access to educational materials and events, to help maintain GPDQ’s high quality of service.The GPDQ apps are available to download for iOS and Android via itunes and Google Play.