Priory Gardens Surgery is now offering video consultations with a GP.
In order to obtain a video consultation, you will need to:
- Submit an Engage Consult via the website regarding your condition
- Mention you would like a video consultation
- The Engage Consult is passed to a GP to triage
- If the GP feels a video consultation is suitable, you will be booked a video consultation during the next sit and wait clinic (9:30am-11:30pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm)
- The GP will video you direct via your mobile number or e-mail address
Benefits of video consulting
In many situations, the use of video technology offers benefits as an alternative to traditional face-to-face support including the following:
- Minimising travel The use of video can be a great option for patients where travel is difficult. It can be particularly beneficial for those in isolated communities where public transport access is limited or where travel to large cities may be a daunting prospect. A good example could be a weight management clinic with a high number of young mums on the register where childcare is an issue for them so Skype or FaceTime could help connect them to a health professional from their home.
- Improving networks Besides doctor-to-patient communication, video conferencing allows hospitals to create networks to provide each other with support. By easily sharing their expertise outside their own organisations, medical or nurse specialists can offer incredible value to health or social care colleagues.
- Reducing the spread of infections Remote consultations can eliminate the possible transmission of infectious diseases between patients and medical staff. This is particularly an issue where spread of flu or MRSA is a concern.
- Reducing stress A remote consultation via video link will not only relieve the pressure of the patient visiting the health practitioner, which can be daunting for some, but also ensures that those with phobias do seek medical help if required.
- Encouraging self-care The use of video consultations can also be linked to self-monitoring equipment to ensure that patients or service users are using the equipment properly to take their readings.