Private company expands 'GPs to your door' service
A private GP service that delivers a ‘GP to your door’ for £120 has launched in Birmingham after proving popular in London.
GP Delivered Quick says it is the first of the new online app GP services to offer on-demand home GP visits.
North London GP Dr Anshumen Bhagat set up the service and is already employing around 40 GPs who cover most of central London, where he said it had proved ‘a great success’.
The company is starting with 20 GPs in Birmingham but plans to take on more doctors as it grows the business.
The service allows patients to book an appointment with a private GP – at a location of their choice – between the hours of 8am and 11pm, seven days a week. They can track their GPs’ progress and estimated arrival time on their smartphone, with an average wait of ‘within 90 minutes’.
The cost starts at £120 for a 25-minute weekday consultation, rsing to £150 for a 25-minute weekend consultation.
Dr Bhagat said: ‘The feedback from both our patients and our doctors in London has been fantastic.
‘We’ve expanded the service to include vaccinations and healthchecks, also offering corporate solutions to improve employee wellbeing. Now we feel the time is right to bring GPDQ to more UK locations, starting with Birmingham.’
GPs can earn from £91 for a weekday visit and from £114 for a weekend visit, the company told Pulse.
Dr Bhagat said the service is ‘digitising the home visit – it really is that simple’.
He added that ‘patients benefit from speed and flexibility, with the ability to see a doctor when and where it suits them, booking and tracking their GP through their smartphone’.
It comes as another ‘Uber-style’ GP service offering private consultations at NHS GP practices looks set to be rolled out nationally, and the launch of various private GP app services started offering online consultations for a fee, with one teaming up with NHS practices to help cut down waiting times.