Asda launches walk-in virtual GP appointments

Asda has launched an in-store virtual GP service allowing customers to receive end-to-end healthcare and advice within minutes.

In partnership with Medicspot, Asda is piloting the new virtual GP service inside confidential pharmacy consulting rooms at its store in Stevenage.

Customers can either book appointments or simply walk in and be connected to a Medicspot GP via videocall.

They’ll have access to a connected stethoscope, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, contactless thermometer and close inspection camera so the GP can carry out all the tests they’d usually be able to remotely.

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GPs can then offer medical diagnosis, advice, referrals and prescriptions within minutes, charging a flat rate of £49 per appointment including no additional fees for prescriptions of referrals.

“We are very excited about this partnership as Asda strongly believes that giving patients easier access to high-quality healthcare will improve health outcomes,” Asda’s superintendent pharmacist Faisal Tuddy said.

“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.”

It is understood that the service will be expanded to more stores across the UK if the trial proves successful.

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