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Doctor Prescriptions and Referrals

Doctor Referrals

If you require a referral to a specialist service, GPs at Gogodoc can provide you with a same-day referral following your initial consultation. You can book a telephone or video consultation via the website for just £50. Following your consultation with the doctor, you will be invoiced £35 for the referral service, by email. Once payment is received the referral letter will be emailed to you immediately. You can then take the referral letter to a private clinic, hospital or consultant of your choice*

*We can only do referral letters to a private clinic, hospital or consultant. I.e. not NHS related GPs.

Doctor Prescriptions

Following your consultation with the GP, if a prescription has been issued, you will be required to send a copy of photo Identification, either a passport or driving license. This can be emailed to hi@gogodoc.com. You will then receive an email from Signature RX with a unique dispensing ID code. You can show this email to any major pharmacy and collect your medication. Please note that if your appointment is in the evening, then a same day prescription service cannot always be guaranteed and will be arranged the following morning.

*Please note that we do not prescribe Schedule 1, 2 & 3 drugs. Refer to the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/controlled-drugs-list–2/list-of-most-commonly-encountered-drugs-currently-controlled-under-the-misuse-of-drugs-legislation

Flight Anxiety

Senior management at Gogodoc has taken a decision in conjunction with its GPs to no longer prescribe benzodiazapines for flight anxiety/phobia.

The use of benzodiazepines (eg. Diazepam) cause longer reaction times, reduced awareness & slowed thinking, which during a flight will put the passenger at significant risk of not being able to act in a manner which could save their life in the event of a safety critical scenario.

– The use of benzodiazepines has the potential to increase the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis).

– The sedating effects can reduce respiratory function which has the potential to be life threatening; even more so if there is a combination with alcohol.

– There is the possibility of increased aggression & agitation in patients taking benzodiazepines and this has the potential to put other occupants of the aircraft at risk.

– Benzodiazepines are not recommended for people with phobic states.

– For some countries it is illegal to import these drugs & so the passenger will need to use a different strategy for the homeward bound journey & /or any subsequent legs of the journey.

– A study published in 1997 from the Stanford University School of Medicine showed that there is evidence that use of Benzodiazepines stops the normal adjustment response that would gradually lessen anxiety over time and therefore perpetuates and may increase anxiety in the long term, especially if used repeatedly.

– Given the above we will no longer be providing Diazepam for flight anxiety and instead suggest that patients who have fear of flying, research going on fear of flying courses. These are run by several major airlines & sometimes by local airports. We are unfortunately unable to recommend any specific courses.

Need a GP referral letter to see a specialist?

Gogodoc should NOT be used in possible medical emergencies or situations that may require urgent medical attention. If you think that your situation, or someone else’s, is or might become an emergency, you should IMMEDIATELY STOP using Gogodoc and call 999.

Examples are:
Severe chest pain, Difficulty breathing, Active or severe bleeding, Loss of consciousness, Slurred speech, Facial Drooping, Inability to move an arm or leg, Acute confused state, Fits/seizures, Major trauma, A rash that doesn’t disappear under a glass tumbler being pressed against it, Possible stroke or heart attack, Swallowing a foreign object such as a battery, Sudden loss of vision or hearing.

 

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