Pharmacy2U, the UK’s largest online pharmacy, has teamed up with PocDoc to offer a potentially life-saving free digital health check to individuals over 40. This innovative initiative aims to combat cardiovascular disease, the second leading cause of death in England.

Powered by PocDoc, the Healthy Heart Check utilizes a lateral flow test and a smartphone, allowing patients to undergo an NHS-equivalent cardiovascular screening from the comfort of their homes, without the need for a GP visit.

The Healthy Heart Check incorporates a range of essential health indicators, including a lipid panel, QRISK score, blood pressure, and BMI. The PocDoc app streamlines the process, collecting all necessary information within ten minutes and presenting results on a user-friendly interface aligned with NHS guidelines.

In addition to providing valuable health insights, the digital health check offers patients the option to consult with a pharmacist regarding their results. This personalized support includes lifestyle advice and recommendations for over-the-counter products available through Pharmacy2U’s online platform. Referrals to GPs are reserved for cases requiring further investigation or urgent medical attention, helping to alleviate the burden on primary care services.

By offering digital health checks, Pharmacy2U aims to empower individuals to proactively manage their health while easing the strain on healthcare providers.

ITargeting 10,000 Pharmacy2U repeat prescription patients over 40 in North East England, the Healthy Heart Check offers a convenient and accessible screening option, complementing the existing in-person NHS Health Check while alleviating pressure on GP services. Supported by the NHS Small Business Research Initiative and the System Transformation Fund, this partnership represents a significant milestone in transforming healthcare delivery and improving patient outcomes in the UK.

Article written by Melissa Carr



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