VideoDoc has successfully launched a ground-breaking partnership with Fogarty’s Quickpick and Post Office in Ballymore Eustace offering online GP and medical consultations from the convenience of the Postmaster’s premises.
Commencing immediately, locals of Ballymore Eustace and the surrounding Kildare community can access a private medical booth, called ‘The Hub’, to gain instant, on-demand and secure access to an Irish Medical Council registered doctor.
The first offering of its kind for Postmasters, the trial will be monitored for suitability for national rollout to other members of the Irish Postmasters’ Union, and is expected to form one of the pilots for additional social services provided by Postmasters, recently approved by Government.
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 – operated remotely by VideoDoc, with the potential for future inclusion of many other health services. The Hub will also include additional business, personal and social services such as photocopying, printing, laminating, internet access, phone charging and a coffee area. The project provides an example of additional in demand services which can be provided in communities by Postmasters through greater use of technology.
Commenting on the announcement, VideoDoc CEO Mary O’Brien said: “We are delighted to be launching this pilot Hub project with Postmaster Sean Fogarty. “This online GP consultation service is ideally suited for communities where access to traditional GP support may be difficult and Postmasters are the ideal providers of the booth, given the centrality of their premises and public trust they are held in.”
“We look forward to servicing the people of Ballymore Eustace and working with Postmasters to expand this offering to many other communities."
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