Push Doctor has entered into a deal with the UK’s biggest GP ‘super-partnership’ to provide online consultations across multiple CCGs.
The virtual GP provider said it would work with Modality Partnership, a GP partnership serving more than 400,000 patients, to develop a system that offers patients the choice of face-to-face or online appointments.
Initially, the service will be offered to around 99,000 patients across six practices. A number of approaches will be trialled during the pilot, including direct access to the online service and triage via a trained practice receptionist. The company said that in either instance, patients would always retain the ability to request access a physical appointment if required.
Modality is the UK’s first GP ‘super-partnership and includes practices in Sandwell, Birmingham, Walsall, Hull, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Wokingham, East Surrey and Lewisham.
Push Doctor chief executive Wais Shaifta said: ‘We are delighted to have secured our first NHS partnership with Modality Partnership. It represents a major step forward for the provision of free digital healthcare within the NHS and delivers meaningful choice for patients. For the first time patients of partner surgeries will be free to choose between a physical or an online appointment with an NHS GP. We are committed to building strong partnerships with the NHS, working with, not against, existing providers in order to bring the benefits of omni-channel health to all.’