Are GPs a Thing of the Past?

I’ve never had a blog before, this is my first post how exciting! “Healthcare and Wearables – Do we still need GPs?” Are the days of booking doctors appointments a thing of the past? Do we rely on technology more than we do our own healthcare professionals?

15 thoughts on “Are GPs a Thing of the Past?

  1. I for one am a google trooper who self diagnoses. It saves me the embarrassment of revealing all to my gp. I’m more comfortable doing it this way. However 👀 … doing this can be a little bit scary, when I self diagnose with something as major as Blue Waffles 😂😭😩

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  2. If I was feeling sick but it felt manageable, I would probably google my symptoms, self diagnose myself and just take some medicine. If I couldn’t manage the sickness I would book an appointment with my gp or go the the walk in clinic to get an experts opinion.

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  3. It’s quite difficult to get an appointment at my gp, it can take up to 2 weeks. Within that time I would most likely be well again. I would go to the gp more frequently if I could get an appointment within a couple of days.

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  4. We have to move with the future….as resources become more scarce goverment departments have to rationalise it’s resources and find more cost effective ways of operating. So in essence I believe that technology will replace traditional methods which are often more expensive. However I think that the human element in health care will always be required as technology has yet to replicate human emotion and touch!

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  5. I think this is an intriguing question. As we’ve seen in our shops, self-scan facilities have removed the need for human cashiers. On the phone we have numerous automated computers speaking before, if ever, we reach a person. Technology lessens the need for human labour across the board. However, I do think in regards to healthcare this is a dangerous area to leave in the hands of technology. On too many occasions doctors misdiagnose or miss symptoms …neither less google!

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  6. I personally think GPs are not as reliable as they use to be. They seem make you think everything is ok, when it isn’t. My first reaction to me be ill is send diagnosis. My second point of action is calling 111 and if I still discomfort A&E it is.

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  7. Well GP’s I dont think are a total waste of time, They are still that 1st point of contact to diagnose an individuals symptoms.. Issue however is that some of them in my experience haven’t been that helpful. Some are not always very knowledgeable on all the different patients symptoms they are faced with on a daily basis. I have been to an appt where the Doctor himself opened google to google symtoms where i though i could have done this myself.

    The online diagnosis however is a welcome advantage of modern times. It does give you an idea of what you might have so that when you do go to see a GP you are able to discuss your systems with them more thoroughly. I can imagine not always good for GP’s these days though as patients must think they know everything from what they’ve read online.

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  8. Well GP’s I dont think are a total waste of time, They are still that 1st point of contact to diagnose an individuals symptoms.. Issue however is that some of them in my experience haven’t been that helpful. Some are not always very knowledgeable on all the different patients symptoms they are faced with on a daily basis. I have been to an appt where the Doctor himself opened google to google symtoms where i though i could have done this myself.

    The online diagnosis however is a welcome advantage of modern times. It does give you an idea of what you might have so that when you do go to see a GP you are able to discuss your systems with them more thoroughly. I can imagine not always good for GP’s these days though as patients must think they know everything from what they’ve read online.

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  9. I think a GP provides a valid service. They are the first point if contact fir me. Internet diagnosis can be useful but I would get a GP opinion if it wasn’t a very basic problem. The internet can send some into a blind panic! …which isnt helpful.

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