Online GP boosting number of doctors as UK faces cold snap

Online doctor service, VideoDoc, is boosting the number of GPs it has available to meet an increase in demand during the UK’s current cold snap.

The service is increasing their number of online GPs which are available seven days a week from 8am to 10PM. The digital service is a useful way for those wanting to avoid the harsh conditions while feeling under the weather.

VideoDoc expects to see an uptake in the number of people using the service as a result of the red warnings issued by the Met Office across the UK. When Storm Ophelia hit the UK last year, VideoDoc saw a 100% patient increase for its service.

VideoDoc’s CEO Mary O’Brien said “Our message to people over the coming days is that anyone who needs to see a doctor can simply log on from anywhere and be treated within minutes. Such situations of immobility, really highlight the value of online GP services where you can be treated in minutes, without the need for an appointment, from your own home.”

Dr. Kichu Jayakumar, a Kent-based VideoDoc GP added: “Our strong advice to everyone is to observe the official curfews and warnings, which are set in place to preserve lives. We would also recommend checking in on vulnerable neighbours to ensure they have taken the necessary precautions and have adequate stocks of food and vital medication to see them through the coming days. Anyone who needs to see a doctor during these adverse weather conditions can log on and speak to me or my colleagues within minutes.”

Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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