The doctor will see you now! About our virtual GP service
Ever been caught in the 8am scramble for a GP appointment, only to find there are 15 callers ahead of you in the queue?
It’s a frustration that many of us have experienced. The average waiting time for a non-urgent, face-to-face NHS GP appointment stands at 10 days, with a wait of 8 days for remote appointments.
Our NHS, and those who work within it, are amazing, but in crisis. Pressure on public health services is greater now than even during the pandemic. It’s a worry for everyone, even more so if you are a parent, or vulnerable.
These concerns, along with mounting difficulty in getting local GP appointments have driven an increase in private virtual GP services, especially since covid, with most providers offering a 24/7, 365 day service.
Virtual GP appointments can be obtained much faster than normal GP appointments, usually within 24 hours. They also allow the flexibility to arrange a call or video consultation at a time of your choosing. However for individuals, there is a cost attached; normally through a private health insurance plan or policy.
Free Virtual Medical Care with Liquid Friday
At Liquid Friday, we are fond of saying that even though we are an umbrella company, we are about more than just payroll. We genuinely want to have a positive impact on the lives of our contractors. One area where we can make a difference is investing in the health and wellbeing of our contractor workforce.
That’s why, when you work with Liquid Friday, you have free, unlimited access to a virtual GP service for consultations and medical advice. You can even get prescriptions (within safe guidelines) and specialist referrals.
How it works
The service lets you book an appointment, usually same-day, with a UK-based, registered GP, and talk to them from the privacy and comfort of your own home. It is available to you, your partner and your children, providing peace of mind for the whole family.
You can access this as soon as you join Liquid Friday. Just go to www.virtualmedicalcare.co.uk and create an account by completing the online form. You will need our policy number which the Liquid Friday team will be able to provide you with. Once that’s done it is really easy to book either a phone or video consultation.
Under the weather?
We’ve had fantastic feedback on our virtual GP service, most notably on the speed of call backs and quality of advice from the medical professionals. It not only saves you suffering a long wait for a traditional GP appointment at your local surgery, it effectively takes pressure off NHS primary care services.
If something is troubling you health-wise, this service is there for you, as part of your employment with Liquid Friday. So if you need it, use it!