Our Online Consulting Platform allows you:
- To seek self-help information from the NHS, through our surgery website. Services include self-help information, advice or help from local services which may be appropriate for your condition, such as self-referral services or help from your local pharmacy.
- To seek medical advice online from Wilmslow Health Centre for your condition.
- To seek general or administrative advice (e.g. for insurance forms, fit-notes, referrals, etc).
- Request repeat medication. We always recommend patients to use the NHS APP to request repeat medications but when this is not possible (e.g. requesting medications on behalf of children), you can use our Online Consulting form.
Why use Online Consulting?
Since July 2020, General Practice in the UK has faced unprecedented demand (up to 40% more than pre-covid levels). This demand has increased even further since the easing of lockdown in in Spring 2021. The ongoing GP retention and recruitment crisis has meant that the number of GPs in the workforce has not increased to meet the extra demand so tools such as online consulting are essential to ensure safe and efficient prioritisation of patients’ needs. Online consulting allows clinicians to gather as much information from patients as possible so that safe and appropriate management can then be planned.
Another key benefit of Online Consulting is the convenience it offers our patients – meaning they can ask for advice from us without having to queue on the phone or wait weeks for an appointment they may not need. Patients can complete the Online Consulting Form from the comfort of their own home, on a break at work, or on the train home. Queries can be clinical or administrative in nature, and in most cases, we may not need to see patients face-to-face for an appointment meaning those that really need to see a GP face-to-face are more able to do so.
If you decide you want to manage your condition without contacting Wilmslow Health Centre, our Online Consulting Platform can guide you towards trusted medical advice as well as relevant local services, such as pharmacy support, which may be more appropriate than visiting the surgery.