As people are becoming increasingly aware it is proving very difficult to book an appointment with an NHS doctor - either at the local GP practice, or with a specialist consultant in the hospital. Over eight million people are now on NHS waiting lists, with some analysts predicting that the waiting list might top thirteen million patients. Many individual hospitals such as Addenbrookes in Cambridge are reporting major delays in some medical specialities - such as rheumatology. The Cambridge overdue follow-up list in rheumatology now sits at around 5,800 patients. For the first time ever, the rheumatology department is seeing patients who have to wait more than 52 weeks for a first outpatient appointment, with currently just under 500 patients in this situation. They say, "The scale of the waiting lists for rheumatology at CUH is daunting."
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Most rheumatology patients are in severe pain, and so any delays are beyond unfortunate. Hospitals are now clearing patient waiting lists by using management methods such as insourcing clinical services, where additional NHS staff are drafted in at weekends and the evenings in order to take advantage of otherwise un-used theatres and other medical facilities. Improved technology is now also being utilised to allow virtual clinics, online medical triage and other medical 'digi-physical' approaches in order to reach more patients.
A patient-centric integrated and interoperable digital healthcare platform that empowers by providing authoritative information, informed choice and the ability to navigate smoothly and seamlessly along the most appropriate treatment pathway, improving clinical outcomes and the whole patient experience.
A digital healthcare platform (DHP) designed to meet the needs of all patients
TotalDoctor offers a transformative and sustainable approach to modern healthcare delivery by providing patients with direct access to the GPs diaries, direct access to specialist hospital doctors and online medical triage.
A single platform for patients navigating all aspects of healthcare
The TotalDoctor integrated and interoperable digital healthcare platform (DHP) provides patients with all of the following:
- Access to high-quality relevant and authoritative medical information and advice.
- Access to a highly advanced e-Triage system to guide you to the most appraise help.
- Rapid access to secure, remote consultations with General Practitioners and/or Specialist Consultants.
- Direct access to booking face-to-face appointments with General Practitioners and Specialist Consultants.
- Integration with GP practice management system and health records.
- Rapid access to medical investigations such as laboratory testing and high-quality imaging.
- Streamlined patient flow across all healthcare delivery.
By bringing all of the above into one high-quality, easy-to-access, easy-to-use, efficient and affordable platform, TotalDoctor delivers seamless rapid access to comprehensive healthcare.
The TotalDoctor DHP is set up to allow the quickest possible access to a GP or to a specialist doctor of your choice. When you have concerns about your health having to wait to see a doctor is very difficult. We know how vital it is to get a timely diagnosis and access to specialist treatment when you need it. The TotalDoctor team have been at the forefront of helping people to become more informed about health conditions, treatment options and the choices that are available.
TotalDoctor aims to make it as straightforward as possible for you to access appropriate healthcare – from initial GP consultation to diagnostic testing and specialist referral - using our unique technology enabled patient portal.