VideoDoc Links Up With Post Offices

27 Apr 2017 | 12.02 pm

VideoDoc Links Up With Post Offices

Kildare postmaster trials online health check

27 Apr 2017 | 12.02 pm

VideoDoc has launched a partnership with Fogarty’s Quickpick and Post Office in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare, offering online GP and medical consultations from the postmaster’s premises.

The private medical booth, called ‘The Hub’, offers  instant access to an Irish Medical Council registered doctor. The trial will be monitored for suitability for national rollout to other members of the Irish Postmasters’ Union.

Primarily for minor ailments or straightforward consultations, doctors will have the ability to triage, treat, diagnose, prescribe and follow up with patients. The booth will also offer access to other health consultations such as dermatology.

The Hub also includes additional business, personal and social services such as photocopying, printing, laminating, internet access, phone charging and a coffee area.

VideoDoc CEO Mary O’Brien commented: “This online GP consultation service is ideally suited for communities where access to traditional GP support may be difficult. Postmasters are the ideal providers of the booth, given the centrality of their premises and public trust they are held in.”

Postmaster Sean Fogarty said: “Like many towns across Ireland, access to GPs is difficult, as people must travel significant distances – if they are in a position to travel, that is. This technology will help our community overcome this obstacle.”

 

Photo: Mary O’Brien and Sean Fogarty. (Pix: Finbarr O’Rourke)

 

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