Online doctor services and so called “net-doctors have become all the rage in recent months, but are they a good idea?
Their increasing popularity springs from the fact that it now takes so long to get an NHS GP appointment. Currently, according to an article on the pulsetoday.co.uk website, published in June 2016, the average waiting time for a GP appointment is 13-days. This represents a 10-day increase on the figure in the previous year.
Rather than wait so long, while their symptoms continue and in many cases worsen, more and more sufferers are turning to the web. They are trying the latest phenomenon of online doctors and net doctors. The truth of the matter is however, that in many instances they can do more harm than good.
Why the diagnoses of online doctor services are so often wrong
One of the biggest problems with using online doctor services is that most people aren’t good at interpreting their own symptoms.
Any online medical diagnosis and treatment can only stem from self-symptom diagnosis. If a self-symptom diagnosis is flawed, which it so often is, any following online diagnosis and treatment will also be flawed.
There are a number of other reasons to avoid using online doctor services.
The best doctors are busy people
It is a fact that the best doctors are in demand which means that they are busy people. They do therefore have the time for personal online one-to one patient sessions. It means that your efforts to avoid long GP waiting lists may not serve your best interests by leading you to online doctor services.
Your body is unique
No two human bodies are identical. We all produce different symptoms and we all react to infections and diseases in slightly different ways. Online doctor services cannot examine you personally, nor do they have access to your personal medical history notes. It makes an accurate diagnosis very difficult and most unlikely to achieve.
Online doctor services cannot treat you
Most online doctor services are unable to issue prescriptions. In addition, none of them can actually treat you. In many instances all they can do is refer you to a real doctor, not a virtual one. In other words you’re back where you started.
Are the online doctor services you choose real doctors?
Anyone can set up an online doctor services website. They may not be qualified doctors. Is it worth exposing yourself to such charlatans? The answer is very definitely not!
What country are the online doctors services based in?
Medical etiquette and treatment varies from country to country. Here in the UK the medical fraternity is strictly regulated. The fact of the matter is that the online doctor services you connect with could be anywhere in the world. Somewhere where different codes and guidelines (if indeed any) are in force.
These are just some of the issues you must consider. There are other issues ones too, including the fact that some services are costly. Also, some may not be suitable for passing your personal credit card or bank details on to.
Use the walk-in services of Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you live and/or work in London, you can make use of the walk-in GP services we provide here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.
All of our doctors and nurses are highly qualified medical professionals. You can be seen on a walk-in basis and be properly examined, diagnosed and treated.
If you want to avoid long GP waiting times, using the walk-in GP services we provide is the optimum solution.