The reality of GP waiting times during the ‘Covid age’

The reality of GP waiting times during the ‘Covid age’

Whether you’re involved in the medical field or are far removed from this line of work, in the past year or so, we’ve all been aware of the ever-increasing pressures on medical professionals across the sector.

From an influx of patients in ICU’s across the country to fluctuating waiting times at the GP, 2020 was a year the medical landscape changed drastically.

But, going back to the year prior, in August 2019, GP waiting times were already at an all-time high.

Statistics from the medical journal, Pulse, revealed that waiting times for a routine appointment with your GP would take, on average, more than two weeks – a first in the industry, and the longest time ever recorded.

In some cases, at least 6% of patients were expected to wait longer than four weeks, months before the Coronavirus pandemic even began to take hold.

And now more recently, as medical professionals continue to battle the pandemic from the frontline, it has now been revealed that the current average waiting time to see a GP is now 19 days. 

In fact, in a recent survey by GP Patient, it was revealed that 44% of patients are continuing to struggle to get face-to-face appointments with their chosen GP at a time that’s convenient to them. 

The NHS even highlighted that in July 2020, only 50% of appointments were carried out face-to-face, with an increased preference, and of course need, for phone or video call consultations.

On the other hand, there have also been other causes for concern that are stopping those that need to from taking the trip to their GP’s office; the worry of catching the virus itself.

In some cases, doctors across the country have also noticed a reduced level of appointment requests, stating that people are concerned about taking a GP’s time away from a person who really needs it.

And with the vaccination roll-out plan already in full swing as we enter the new year, medical professional’s time will now be more valuable than ever. 

So, it’s no doubt that waiting lists will get longer, already postponed treatments will be pushed to the top of the pile, and the administering of the vaccine will potentially take priority over routine check-ups.

So, if you find yourself in need of speaking to a doctor, but are worried about being exposed to the virus, clogging up the system or are in desperate need of talking through your ailment with a trained professional, there are other options available to you.

Most GP practices have had to embrace a ‘telephone first’ approach to consultations, whereby the patient can talk through their condition with their GP.

But, seeing a medical professional ‘face-to-face’ is often preferred amongst patients. And this is where the benefits of Quick Doctors come into play.

The idea behind Quick Doctors is to ensure that you can consult a trained GP anytime, anywhere via a communication medium of your choice. 

Whether that’s via our handy message facility when you’re busy at work, through a call when you get home after a long day, or even via video chat on a weekend, Quick Doctors gives you access to an experienced medical professional with just the click of a button.

With same-day appointments available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends and bank holidays, Quick Doctors gives you the peace of mind that you can be seen by a doctor in the comfort of your own home.

With the NHS pushed to breaking point, the Quick Doctors app gives you the opportunity to take control of your health without putting additional strain on your local GP practice.

And, along with minimising the worry of coming into contact with a person who has the virus, you’re also safe when using the Quick Doctors app.

Any private information you do share via the app will be encrypted, and, as you are with any other doctor, all of our medical professionals are legally and ethically bound to ensure confidentiality and privacy rules.

Whatever your ailment, the Quick Doctors app allows you to speak privately and confidentially with a trained professional, providing you with peace of mind, all for just a small monthly fee.

If you’d like to find out more about Quick Doctors and how the system works, be sure to email us at and a member of our team will be in touch.

Download the Quick Doctors app on the Apple App Store or via Google Play.

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