The doctor can see you now. On his webcam via popular app Push Doctor.

The doctor can see you now - on his webcam via Push Doctor, the first GP service offering face-to-face private appointments via webcam with a professional UK doctor. Push Doctor has doctors online from 7 a.m to 10 p.m seven days a week, 365 days a year, including weekends, Bank Holidays and even Christmas.

Long waiting lists, inflexible hours and hectic A&Es have prompted some of us to give up on the free NHS service. Many who can afford to are turning to private online services for primary care.

The idea of Push Doctor came about when Eren Ozagir, founder and CEO of the service, became ill whilst on a business trip in America. He needed medical advice and didn’t know where to turn. ‘Despite a wealth of support services available at the tap of an app, online medical assistance did not exist. From not knowing where to go to get appropriate treatment, to language barriers, Push Doctor removes the hassle British explorers face when falling ill abroad. We offer fast and efficient access to a UK based GP with 9 out of 10 users getting a resolution in their first consultation.’ Last week, Push Doctor signed a deal with STA Travel giving holidaymakers access to video consultations while overseas.

Push Doctor works with a network of over 7,000 doctors and all its GPs are registered with the General Medical Council (the organisation governing medical practitioners in Britain). There are potential safety concerns about apps giving consultations via smartphones and there are limits to a video consultation. The Care Quality Commission regulates Push Doctor but do note that the GPs may not have access to medical histories and will rely on the patient to provide information. An online doctor obviously can’t offer a proper physical examination but he can refer you to specialists or other doctors.

Book your first 10-minute appointment for £5. After this, you can choose pay as you go appointments, which cost £20 per appointment. Prescription costs are £6.50; referral letters are £12.50 and sick notes £12.50. Or you can opt for £20 per month membership, which includes prescriptions, referral letters, sick notes and an unlimited appointment length.

With the best will in the world, Push Doctor may alleviate some pressure from the NHS system.

Download the app via iTunes.

February 2017