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What’s your usual course of action when you’re feeling sick? Do you take a break from work, find some medication then just sleep it off? While it’s usually the go-to choice for most families, you never know if it could be a sign of a deeper-rooted issue that needs immediate attention especially as you’re getting older.
Early prevention is the best cure
Most people still haven’t realised that early prevention is the best way to cure something, especially when it comes to more serious illnesses and conditions such as cancer. The sooner you detect something, the more likely you can do something about it. This is why it’s so important nowadays to be able to seek immediate healthcare. Whether this is through the use of a private GP that is willing to make home visits or emergency appointments at a moment’s notice or having a friend or family member who works as a doctor, it’s vital that you seek some method of immediate healthcare.
Most public healthcare will make you wait several days or even weeks for an important appointment, hence the importance of considering private healthcare or relying on a friend or family member that is willing to give you some advice. Of course, you shouldn’t circumvent the need for real healthcare by just speaking to a friend or family member, but having a second opinion and someone that can occasionally give you some advice is very helpful.
The rise of internet-friendly GP services
Most GP services in the country are slow, difficult to access and are focused on getting through as many patients as possible. This means that the service isn’t exactly tailored for you and it could mean that your GP misses out on certain tell-tale signs that could point to very serious conditions. Immediate healthcare options such as a private GP or a family friend can be helpful, but there is another option; digital consultations.
This is a service that is offered by private companies as well as the NHS. It’s essentially focused on using smartphone or tablet technology to connect you with a certified practitioner that can offer you advice over a video chat. This means that you’ll get sound medical advice immediately and there is little wait time because the doctors on the other side will be ready and waiting to accept your appointment. You no longer need to wait several days for an appointment, you don’t need to get up early to make one and you also don’t even need to leave your home. Of course, it’s limited in what it can do because you’re not physically with your GP, but it’s still a great option for immediate healthcare.
Be it a physical issue or mental health concerns, it’s important to have on-demand medical attention so that you can feel safer and have peace of mind. The earlier you discover certain issues, the sooner you can deal with them and lower the risk of difficult long-term illnesses from developing.
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I'm Louise, a 28 year old blogger living in York. I also work as a medical receptionist and I'm currently a trainee teaching assistant. This is my corner of the internet, in which I cover topics such as mental health, travel, fashion, lifestyle and so much more!
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