The world has changed drastically since the Covid-19 outbreak took hold in the UK, and access to healthcare has been a struggle due to the overwhelming demand on the NHS. Due to the intense pressures that healthcare professionals are facing, GPs are seeing only 7 out of 100 patients face-to-face. The world is moving in a direction where more and more services will continue to be delivered virtually even after the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced, and so innovative ways to improve the services we receive will always be welcome to support personal health and well-being.
The Me2GP app allows you to prepare for virtual consultations with your doctor by giving you a space to capture important medical data such as your blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, breathing rate and blood oxygen levels. The app teaches you how to correctly and safely measure these levels at home and then allows you to share the results with your GP via text or email.
With this information to hand, your GP can make a more informed assessment of your condition and will be able to see if there are any causes for concern that need to be flagged without you having to leave your home. To measure these levels, you will also need to own a pulse oximeter, a blood pressure monitor and a thermometer which can be purchased via the Me2GP website or at your local pharmacy.
After the effects of the pandemic begin to die down, there is hope that the world will go back to the way it was before, but the reality is that online services are here to stay. With an increasing ageing population, there is likely to be an increase in demand for GP services. The ability to provide virtual consultations with access to this important medical information is not only convenient for patients who might struggle with leaving the house but is also convenient for GPs who are in high demand and short on time.
Allowing for virtual consultations to continue is beneficial to everyone involved, and the Me2GP app supports a more productive and informed virtual health assessment. A reduction in car journeys travelling to the GP helps reduce emissions that helps the environment, and reduced time spent with the GP can reduce healthcare costs and reduce the pressure on the NHS.
For elderly and vulnerable people, having the option to check their measurements at home can build their confidence with keeping a record of their measurements, send their data to their doctor or their carer/family members and lets them stay at home and keep safe. This is true not only during the Covid pandemic but also during cold and flu seasons where elderly people are more susceptible to illness.
The Me2GP app should be used to gain the knowledge and skills required to take your health measurements so that this can be shared with a qualified health professional. It is not designed to replace health services or to monitor existing conditions, but rather to support your GP to make the highest quality assessment of your condition from a distance.