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Is anybody using Push Doctor for their private/NHS service?

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doubleristretto Sat 01-Apr-17 13:37:41

I just found Push Doctor online and it seems too good to be true, does anyone have any experience of using them either for menopausal symptoms/maintenance or other reasons? I've got an appointment on Friday (10 days from booking) at the NHS GP where essentially I'm hoping to persuade her to send me for testing for my hormone and thyroid levels. I found Push Doctor whilst searching for cystitis/thrush/bacterial vaginosis diagnosis it's all fun here, it's £7 for an initial 10 minute appointment (waiting time 6-12 minutes so far) with a registered NHS GP then £8 for a prescription of up to 7 items and £15 for a referral. You can sign up for £20 a month and then everything is free, including extending your appointment for as many 10 minute blocks as you like (normally £20 each).

It occurs to me that I could have spoken to a GP months ago without worrying about the hassle of getting an appointment and wasting their time and I could actually speak to someone who is not harassed and trying to get me out the door in as few minutes as possible! They say they write to your GP but obviously they don't have access to your medical records. What do you think?

LordRothermereBlackshirtCunt Sat 01-Apr-17 13:50:06

I used them once, though not for what you're describing. My GP is 30 miles from where I work (I have a long commute) so it's virtually impossible for me to get there - I was able to use Push Doctor sitting in my office, and they faxed a prescription to the nearest pharmacy to me. It was a godsend as I was flying abroad the following day on a business trip. I think for something more long term and / or complex, I would want to see my GP, but Push Doctor was a good solution for me for a one-off illness when I couldn't get to the GP due to distance and long working hours.

Bear in mind that as well as the prescription charge, you will need to pay the actual cost of the drugs when you collect them from the pharmacy.

VimFuego101 Sat 01-Apr-17 13:54:56

The U.K. office of the co I work for uses a similar app called Babylon, which everyone is impressed with.

doubleristretto Sat 01-Apr-17 14:12:49

Ah yes, the 7 item prescription could end up costing a fortune! I suppose the idea would be to get any long term prescriptions through the NHS and keep them for regular appointments having fast tracked by using the online doctors initially and for fast appointment times? I haven't heard of Babylon, Vim, you would recommend them?

PollyPerky Sat 01-Apr-17 14:59:54

I've not used either but am curious how 7 items on a prescription can cost £8. Surely you have to take the script to a pharmacy and pay them, per item? Is the £8 just for the admin for the GP writing the actual prescription? The you'd pay £8.20 or whatever per item?

Ah I see Lord has said the same thingsmile

Personally, I think 10 mins is too short for a meno consultation and a discussion in depth about HRT or whatever you want. if you just want them to prescribe Vagifem or oestrogen cream it may be okay though. My appt with a private consultant re. meno and other things was 45 mins and I pay for 30 mins every 6-8 months.

I've hear Babylon is ok.

doubleristretto Sat 01-Apr-17 19:43:40

I think that it is £8 for them to write a prescription regardless of the amount of items on it, up to a maximum of 7. You would then pay the private prescription rate at the pharmacy for each drug rather than the set NHS prescription price.

Do you have any idea as to the costs of meno drugs as a private prescription? I think the monthly subscription of £20 for unlimited services may well be worth it although I don't know how other services such as Babylon compare on price. I think the huge advantage is not having to travel to an appointment and being able to log on at any time (to ask for a prescription or a referral) rather than quality of treatment as such, if you paid for a private appointment you'd expect a specialist where as these are GPS.

PollyPerky Sat 01-Apr-17 20:08:51

The RRp of all HRT is on Menopause Matters website under Treatments/HRT . The prices are shown (bear in mind they might not be quite up to date.) The cost of a private prescription is around 1.5 to 2 x the RRP plus in some cases the dispensing fee. The price can also vary between pharmacies. I pay around £12 a month for my HRT (Oestrogel and Utrogestan. The Utrogestan is 25p per capsule - this is pricey and not all types are this figure.)

doubleristretto Sun 02-Apr-17 11:58:42

Thank you, Polly, I shall be heading off to my appointment on Friday much better Informed about choices now flowers

schoolofconfusion Sun 02-Apr-17 12:01:52

I know several who use it very happily and also a couple of GP who do it.

doubleristretto Sun 02-Apr-17 12:07:57

school do they use it for everything? Do you know if they keep track of you to the point of having access to your own Push Doctor records?

LauraTompkins93 Wed 17-May-17 11:36:08

Has anyone tried VideoDoc? My employer has just introduced the service into our business, so i thought i'd give it a go the other night when i was having a panic about tummy pains, turned out to be indigestion smile !

The doctor was amazing and really friendly and i got an appointment straight away. Put my mind at rest almost instantly.

I think these digital doctors seem to be the way forward.

Anyone have VideoDoc as a health benefit at their work?

MrsHall18 Tue 11-Jul-17 12:01:52

Hello has anyone used push doctor for a referral?

PollyPerky Tue 11-Jul-17 13:12:44

For a referral to a gynae for menopause?
Many don't ask for a referral- you can self refer if private (though not NHS.)

MrsHall18 Tue 11-Jul-17 14:09:33

No not for gynae.sorry I didn't explain myself lol.its for my son he is 7 months old and been told he has something quite rare and potentially consultant has never seen it before and iv spoken to someone at great ormond street and they have said to ask my consultant to refer me there.the trouble is trying to get hold of the consultant.iv rung everyday for the past 2 weeks and still nothing back.i understand they are busy but it's getting very frustrating.i just wondered if anyone had used push doctor to get a referral to another hospital

PollyPerky Tue 11-Jul-17 16:02:27

maybe try general health or chat forums?
I doubt they would though tbh.

PollyPerky Tue 11-Jul-17 16:03:18

You ought to be able to get hold of a consultant's PA or your GP should. Why is your GP not doing this for you?

Chrissydwyer Mon 04-Dec-17 20:14:36

Very poor, one doctor cut me off after 24 seconds as told me to get ID, then never got back to me. Another doctor charged me for blood test, then on follow up basically said I shouldn't have bothered. Live chat technology was terrible and one guy called Will managed to seem stroppy via texting, that takes some doing! So decided to cancel premium than got charged pro rata for doing so. Trust in the NHS, wish I did and would have been £100 better off. I'm actually embarrassed, DON'T USE THIS COMPANY, they are not nice people.

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