A new online service could revolutionise the way patients across Hull and East Riding get medical advice from their GP.
NHS Hull CCG and the East Riding of Yorkshire CCG are using digital technology to bring choice to patients who want to consult online, in many cases avoiding the need to make a visit to the practice altogether.
21 practices in Hull and 12 in the East Riding are trialling the service for 15 months. It comes after both CCGs successfully applied for funding from NHS England.
Patients who submit their symptoms online will get a response typically within 1-2 working days which could be advice, directed to other support such as the pharmacy or booked in for an appointment if necessary. The service also offers around the clock NHS self-help information, signposting to services, and a symptom checker. Patients can also request prescriptions and test results, referral letters and medical reports.
Mike, a patient from Hull said:
“I’ve found consulting with a GP online really encouraging. I’ve used it twice now and each time with a positive outcome. As promised, I received a call back the next working day from someone at the practice. Not only does it save me time, it saves me from having to make an appointment, thereby saving the appointment for another patient, whose needs might be far greater. The system can be used at any time of the day, it’s well laid out online and very easy to use. I would have no hesitation in recommending its use – it is clearly the way forward.”
To use eConsult patients simply visit their own GP Practice website.