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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.

Readers' comments (26)

  • thats an amazingly cheap service

    does that include NHS prescribing?

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  • Bob Hodges

    Apart from the convenience, what benefit does a 'home visit' bring? It ups medico-legal and infection and personal safety risks.

    Currently, being an NHS GP still preserves my self-respect, but I don't thing being 'summoned' by a bloody iPhone app would.

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  • Vinci Ho

    So we have some price figures to look into :
    Locum rate in NHS is perhaps capped at £80 per hour(no details of how that works for for home visits)
    Private rate for home visits is ,now according to this article , £120 per visit per 25 minutes(hence , £288 per hour if the GP has visits continuosly; £360 per hour in weekend)

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  • long live the nhs if this is our future. Any other ideas to make money out of the crisis?

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  • Those that can pay will.
    This is another nail in the NHS's coffin.
    Consumerism wins out but will
    Price out the poor. Welcome to the USA.

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  • Finally we have a "value" for home visits! It's time for the GPC to negotiate to make house calls an Enhanced Service (let's not be greedy, £80 per call would be fine). Fat chance.

    We are such mugs, driving round like lunatics during our lunch breaks visiting patients for free whilst the private pirates clean up.

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  • Mr Mephisto

    Dr Tom Black is threatening to lead all Northern Ireland GP's out of the NHS and into the world of private medicine within the next six months unless substantial changes are made within that time frame. He is currently undertaking a round of BMA road shows to explain his plans and ask us all to sign undated resignation letters. There seems to be an appetite for a showdown in Northern Ireland. Its do or die time - either make a stand now or death by a thousand cuts. Thankfully we are not governed by right wing tory zealots. Our politicians are all relatively socialist and left leaning - even the right wing ones. Our politicians seem to be waking up to the fact that General Practice is part of the solution to Northern Ireland's Health Service woes - not part of the problem as viewed by Jeremy Hunt and his far right "Nasty Party"

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  • This type of development is inevitable.

    At these prices the patient is getting a service at a cost roughly on a par with call out fees for a tradesman (who will not be carrying anything like the indemnity and reputational risks).

    The problems that will emerge for doctors that do this work are:
    The patient who expects inappropriate prescribing.
    The patient that needs an NHS OPD referral (i.e. will have to see their own GP anyway - and whose GP may not agree with the advice).
    The patient who (deliberately of otherwise) omits important history.
    Patients who do not appreciate the enormous additional cost of some relatively routine prescriptions (for instance for asthma inhalers).

    Having said all this - it can only help everyone to have some sort of 'price discovery mechanism' for GP time.

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  • @Jo Smit's excellent point.
    If the visiting doctor issues a prescription, can then the patient ask his/her own doctor to prescribe on the practice's pad?
    If the visiting doctor suggests hospital referral, can the patient ask their practice to refer?
    I could go on, the point being:
    Whose budget covers all the expenditure generated by the visiting doctor?
    Could PULSE do some investigation please.

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  • we get abot £110 per year for their total GP care, how can we continue to provide a service at these levels of payment considering the "market value" is so much more?

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