Asda to launch innovative virtual in-store GP service to make health consultations accessible
Digital healthcare company Medicspot has announced a partnership with Asda to offer in-store GP video consultations with diagnostics, in the latest high-profile expansion of digital primary care services.
The partnership announcement sees Asda become the first UK supermarket to offer an in-store GP service, allowing customers to pick up their groceries, get seen by a GP and collect their prescriptions, all in a single trip.
The remote doctor service will initially be launched at the Asda Supercentre in Stevenage.
Medicspot’s technology allows doctors to remotely examine patients, moving beyond traditional video calls with the doctor by giving the patient access to a connected stethoscope, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, contactless thermometer, and a close inspection camera to check the ear, nose and throat.
With the addition of diagnostics, Medicspot claims it can diagnose and treat an additional 75 percent of conditions compared to other solutions, with only six percent of consultations requiring a follow-up face-to-face consultation.
The diagnostic devices are designed to be used by the patient with instruction from the doctor on screen, although a pharmacist will be on hand to assist any patients who need extra help.
The technology is placed inside Asda’s confidential pharmacy consulting rooms, allowing the patient to speak freely with a Medicspot GP, who can offer end-to-end healthcare in minutes with medical advice, diagnostics, referrals and prescriptions.
Asda customers can use the service on-demand without the need to book an appointment in advance. Online bookings will also be available for those who want to guarantee a time slot with a Medicspot GP.
Dr Zubair Ahmed, CEO at Medicspot, said: “Delivering healthcare from locations where patients normally go in the course of their day to day activities is a natural progression as patients start demanding more accessible healthcare.
“We are looking forward to working with Asda to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time at the right place so healthcare can be delivered optimally.”
As the shielding measures begin to relax across England, the new remote GP service will be priced at a flat rate of £49. The pricing will be all-inclusive, with no additional charges for writing prescriptions, doctors’ notes or referral letters.
Faisal Tuddy, Superintendent Pharmacist at Asda, commented: “We are very excited about this partnership as Asda strongly believes that giving patients easier access to high-quality healthcare will improve health outcomes. Medicspot’s innovative remote examination technology will allow patients to receive the care they need with diagnosis and treatment happening from the same convenient location.”
Medicspot is a digital health provider founded in 2016 by Dr Zubair Ahmed. It is the only service to offer end-to-end GP video consultations with real-time diagnostics in the UK.
Medicspot has partnered with 318 independent community pharmacies to date, in addition to 86 NHS GP surgeries, hospitals and care homes.
Asda is the second-largest supermarket in the UK, owned by the American retail giant Walmart. Asda has a total of 632 stores in the UK, 235 of which have in-store pharmacies.