New app from ‘babylon’ allows patients quick and easy access to NHS approved GPs

A new mobile health app from babylon is set to revolutionise the way we access healthcare in the UK. Gone are the days of waiting endlessly for an appointment at your local practice. Now thanks to babylon, you can book a video consultation with an NHS approved GP or specialist from the comfort of your own home through your smartphone or tablet.

Patients can use the service from 8am-8pm, six days a week, taking only seconds to book an appointment with a leading GP. Phone or video consultations normally occur within minutes and prescriptions can be sent instantly to a local pharmacy for collection within the hour if required. If a referral to a specialist is needed this can be done instantly via the service and patients requiring scans or X-Rays will be booked into nearby facilities. Consultations are recorded and stored so patients can always check what advice a GP has given.

Dr Ali Parsa, Founder and CEO of babylon said: “babylon is heralding a new age in healthcare, giving millions of people access to an experienced GP more quickly and easily than ever before. We know that illness doesn’t work around a patient’s schedule so this service will empower users to take back control of their health, getting quality healthcare when they want it, where they want it.”

 babylon can fully integrate with the data collected by a user’s wearable tech and compatible health apps to build an accurate and personalised picture of a patient’s health, creating a more bespoke and detailed medical profile than a local GP could. Complex algorithms could then predict when a user may become ill and what illness they may get and offer lifestyle and medical advice to avoid issues in the future.

babylon is the first organisation of its kind to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and receive designated body status from the NHS England.

babylon is available for Apple devices in the App Store and for Android via Google Play. The service is currently free to use, simply search “Babylon Health” to download.