Following its success in the UK, Lloyds Online Doctor has been launched in Ireland today – and early visitors to the site will even get a free consultation.
The new service will allow Irish patients access repeat prescriptions for selected treatments at a reduced price, and without having to visit their GP.
In partnership with the Irish Family Planning Association, all consultations are €25, with initial treatments including assessments for the contraceptive pill and erectile dysfunction. STI testing kits are also available at varying prices between €50 - €70.
According to a new survey by the online prescription service, the site will be popular with Irish women in particular as they are currently bemoaning the high cost and inconvenience of visiting their doctor to simply renew their oral contraceptive pill.
“Women in Ireland spend up to €250 a year on oral contraception, almost half of which is spent on doctors’ fees to renew their prescription,” says Dr Christina Hennessey, doctor and Service Development Clinician with Lloyds Online Doctor.
“A visit to a GP can range anywhere between €40 - €70 [but] Lloyds Online Doctor offers women a reliable, cost effective solution to their contraceptive needs and its convenience is complementary to demanding schedules.”
And the first 100 users of Lloyds Online Doctor, for a small registration fee of €1, can avail of a complimentary assessment for a repeat prescription. The user will receive a decision within one working day and, if approved, the prescription will be posted directly to the user’s home and can be filled at a pharmacy of their choice.
Other assessments for repeat prescriptions that are currently on offer include treatments for weight loss, anti-smoking, asthma.