The top 5 reasons for seeing Simplyhealth's online GP:
18% Skin disorders
Skin disorders cover any issue a patient may have with their skin, including moles, itchy spots, dry skin, and rashes. An online GP is a brilliant way of having these looked at and diagnosed because the condition is visible, and that was shown by our data, with nearly 1/5 of patients falling under the skin disorder category.
You can show the skin condition on camera, discuss any pain or discomfort, or whether it's changed appearance recently. This can help to alleviate any concerns you may have, discuss advice, possible treatment or a referral to your own NHS GP or a consultant. If clinically indicated, the GP can also prescribe medication through a private prescription.
9% Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
ENT covers any issue a patient may have with their ear, nose and throat. Symptoms can include sinus problems, sore throats or changes in hearing for example, and next steps vary based on what the GP diagnoses.
8% Joint and muscular
The third most common reason for having an online GP appointment with Simplyhealth last year was joint and muscular. Symptoms within this category include joint tenderness, swelling, stiffness, aching, and tight muscles. You might not think an online GP could help with physical symptoms that involve movement, but by answering questions and explaining the problem, the GP can provide recommendations and reassurance.
8% Women’s health
Women’s health covers issues that patients may be experiencing related to women’s overall health and wellbeing, such as fertility, contraception, sexual and reproductive health, and menopause. The benefit of the online GP for women's health concerns is you're in the comfort of your own home and are free to discuss anything you need. And if you feel happier chatting through your menstrual health concerns with a female GP, that’s not a problem. You can select a GP based on their gender, who’s available soonest or someone you have seen previously.
7% Children’s health
Children’s health covers a range of issues that patients may be experiencing related to children’s overall health. These include temperatures, digestion issues, breastfeeding worries, crying in babies, and regular coughing. With an online GP appointment, again you're in the comfort of your own home. The child's adult doesn't have to take them outside or disrupt them when they aren't feeling well, they can simply do it all from the sofa.
Other reasons for seeing our online GP included digestive problems, cold/flu, and anxiety.
Whatever your concern is, it’s worth speaking to a GP as soon as possible, and with our online GP service, you can normally do that on the same day. It’s not worth worrying, it’ll only cause more concern in the long-run and may negatively affect your mental wellbeing. If it’s nothing. You’ve got that reassurance, and if it’s something, you’ll want to get it sorted as soon as possible.