Asda has partnered with health tech company Medicspot to provide an in-store GP service.
Customers of Asda will be able to have a consultation with a GP and collect their prescriptions as well as doing their grocery shopping.
The remote doctor service will initially be launched at the Asda Supercentre in Stevenage. As part of the consultation, users can access a connected stethoscope, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, contactless thermometer, and a close inspection camera to check the ear, nose and throat to support the consultation.
Medcispot was launched by Dr Zubair Ahmed in 2016 to provide GP video consultations from anywhere with real-time diagnostics. The diagnostic devices are designed to be used by the patient with instruction from the doctor on screen, and a pharmacist will be on hand to assist any patients who need further help.
Asda customers will be able to use the service on-demand without the need to book an appointment in advance.
Medicspot will initially offer the service free of charge to help support those who are having difficulties getting a GP appointment during the Covid-19 crisis.
After July 4, the date when lockdown rules are set to be further relaxed, the service will be priced at £49.
Dr Zubair Ahmed, CEO at Medicspot said “Delivering healthcare from locations where patients normally go in the course of their day to day activities is a natural progression as patients start demanding more accessible healthcare.”
“We are looking forward to working with Asda to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time at the right place so healthcare can be delivered optimally.”
Faisal Tuddy, Superintendent Pharmacist at Asda said: “We are very excited about this partnership as Asda strongly believes that giving patients easier access to high-quality healthcare will improve health outcomes.”
“Medicspot’s innovative remote examination technology will allow patients to receive the care they need with diagnosis and treatment happening from the same convenient location.”