Posted on 23rd March 2020 by Fiona
We are pleased to be able to offer virtual online consultations so that we can continue to help and support you.
Step by Step Guide
- Book your appointment by calling us on 023 8025 3317 or online here.
- You will receive an email to confirm your appointment time and instructions for the appointment.
- At your appointment time, just have your email open and wait for the invitation.
- When you receive the email click on the link for your appointment.
- Following your appointment, you will be sent an email with your invoice and link to make secure payment online via Stripe.
Guide to Virtual Consultations
Accessing and using the online appointment software is really easy.
How much is a virtual consultation? The charge is £49 per appointment.
How can I pay for my appointment? We take payment via the secure online provider, Stripe. You will be sent an invoice after your appointment with a link to pay securely by card online.
What are the benefits of a virtual consultation? Despite the complete disruption and unprecedented circumstances we are facing, people are still in pain and getting injuries. NHS MSK services have understandably been considerably scaled back and GP appointments have to be prioritised. So, we want to make sure we are still here to help you when you need us. We believe we still have a very important role to play in keeping people active, moving and healthy. We want to help make sure that our invaluable key workers are still able to do their work. By being able to provide tailored, individualised and realtime support, education and advice, we can help ease tour pain and with recovery from your injury, albeit in a slightly modified way.
What will my virtual consultation include? Your first appointment will involve a series of questions to help us find out more about your issue. We may ask you to perform a series of movements or tests, so that we can find out more about what’s going on. We may ask to look at the area with your consent, via the video. Once we have all the information we need, we will share our conclusion, explain what’s going on and go through our recommended plan with you. This may include self treatment, exercises, modifications and advice. We will share our screen and demonstrate exercises to you, which will then be sent to you after the appointment via email.
After your first appointment, we will advise if and when further sessions might be required and book these for you accordingly.
Is it secure? Yes, the software is totally secure and all calls and videos are encrypted. We use a dedicated software designed for online consultations, so not Zoom, FaceTime or other generic platforms.
What about if I have private health insurance? Costs for appointments if you have private health insurance will be covered by Bupa (read more information if you have Bupa cover here). They may also be covered by any cash back plans such as Simply Health, WHA etc. but you would need to confirm this with your individual provider.
Do I need to download anything? No. It is a software program that will access your camera and microphone on your device.
What device can I use? Any device that connects to the internet that has a video and microphone.
What do I need? Firstly you need an email address. Then, all you need is a device with a video and microphone, so a computer, laptop, smartphone, iPad or tablet, that you can also access your emails on.
Where can I find out more about the Virtual consultations? The software we use is called Physitrack. There are some very useful guides online here, including getting started, accessing your program, trouble shooting etc.