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​New online GP provider eyes out-of-hours contracts

New private online GP provider ZoomDoc is planning to bid for out-of-hours contracts from CCGs, Pulse has learned.

ZoomDoc, which launched in March, is a private on-demand GP app which provides patients access to GPs 24/7 through paid-for face-to-face home visits, telephone and online Skype-style consultations.

This makes ZoomDoc is the latest privately-owned online primary care service to target NHS contracts.

ZoomDoc chief executive Dr Kenny Livingstone said: ‘We hope to expand across the UK. We want to be commissioned by CCGs as an out-of-hours provider.

‘As part of ZoomDoc’s roadmap, this is a firm part of our plans.’

GPs can sign up to the app for free, register themselves as ‘on call’ and specify for how long they want to be available and how far they are willing to travel to make home visits, up to a distance of 40 miles from where they are based.

The app provider – which has 300 GPs on its books – launched in March and has provided around 2,000 patient consultations since.

UK patients who are on holiday in international destinations can access the app and get phone advice from GPs within 60 seconds.

ZoomDoc eventually also plans to be able to take on international patients as part of their private offering.

The news comes as Babylon Health caused shockwaves earlier this week with its plans to sign up NHS patients from across London to its online ‘GP at Hand’ service.