A visit to your local GP might be free, but with the average waiting time 7-10 working days, the service can feel woefully overstretched, particularly if you or your child needs to see a doctor NOW.
Cue GPDQ. Launching this week across central London and with plans to roll out across the UK next year, GPDQ is the UK’s first on-demand app that delivers a doctor to your door within the hour, 7 days a week, from 8am until 11pm.
A private service, GPDQ allows patients to request a GP via their app, set a location, receive an estimated time of arrival (usually within 60 minutes), and then track their doctor’s progress from their smartphone.
GPDQ is digitising the home visit – it really is that simple.
Patients can then expect a full 25 minute consultation with the GP who is able to issue private prescriptions, delivered within 2 hours within central London.
The CQC approved service puts GPs through rigourous 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 a high level of service.
The doctor behind the app, Dr Anshumen Bhagat, a North London GP with 15 years’ experience in the NHS and private healthcare sectors comments:
“GPDQ 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, while booking and tracking their GP through their smartphone. Our 25 minute appointments allow for a more in depth consultation and our 2 hour prescription delivery service offers an extra level of convenience.”
Of course, it being private, the service does cost: £120 for a weekday visit, £150 for a weekend visit, and £200 for a bank holiday. For those times when you or your child needs urgent diagnosis, however, this is one well-worth remembering.
A £20 discount is applicable on the first visit.