Sherwood’s Member of Parliament, Mark Spencer, has praised the idea of using digital GP services for minor ailments to assist overstretched GPs, and to free up waiting time in GPs surgeries.
After meeting the group in Parliament, Mark hosted a meeting between the local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and Ebisu Health, an online medical service provider, to see how Sherwood could potentially benefit from such a scheme.
Ebisu Health Limited uses an online video call with GPs and Advanced Nurse Practitioners to provide advice for a range of minor illnesses and ailments over the internet, a video consultation that is like skype but a secure and encrypted version. Ebisu Health also offer counselling consultations either over the phone or through the video link for the general public to self refer in to the service or for companies to sign up for their employees as a benefit of employment.
Discussing the outcome of the meeting, Mr Spencer said:
“I think having online video calls with GPs for minor issues is a really interesting idea. This could save a lot of time and effort when somebody could do with seeing their GP for something relatively small, but might not be able to get an appointment just yet.”
“Sometimes, it’s not always convenient to get an appointment with your GP for something relatively minor, or you might not be able to get to the walk-in times, so it’s possible that moving some of those services online could really help our GPs out.”
“This sort of approach could be really useful in places like care homes, universities or prisons.”
“I think it’s definitely worth the NHS and the CCG considering innovative approaches like this. If they could help places like Hucknall, for example, and the Whyburn medical centre.”
“I was more than happy to organise and facilitate this meeting – I’m always open to new ideas that could potentially benefit Sherwood.”
Ebisu Health is a fully registered healthcare service and is registered with the CQC. Its clinicians are UK based, and registered with their prospective bodies. Ebisu have also recently met with the Minister for Suicide Prevention, Jackie Doyle-Price, to discuss how online GP services could help with young people’s mental health, amongst other issues.