The latest figures from askmyGP reporting patient contact preferences show there has been no change in the low demand among patients for video consultations.
The askmyGP data for the second quarter of 2019 is drawn from practices with diverse patient populations receiving a total of 220,000 patient requests during the period. The data illustrates patient contact by clinical episode, with video consultation with the patient’s usual NHS GP offered at no extra cost to either the practice or the patient.
When offered a choice of ways to talk to their GP, 21% (Q1 25%) of patients expressed a preference for a face-to-face appointment, 29% (Q1 28%) preferred to be contacted by secure message and 49% (Q1 47%) by phone. Patients requested a video consultation in less than 0.1% (Q1 0.1%) of cases.
While practices are not bound by their patients’ contact preferences, they use the information to guide their responses to patients. Clinical judgement always takes precedence, meaning in some cases simple queries might be addressed by a quick answer by phone or message, while more complex presentations will warrant a face-to-face appointment, even in cases where this has not been requested by the patient.
13 August 2019