Avoid the blush factor by ordering prescription tests and treatments online through the LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor.
Why choose online healthcare?
At some point in our lives, all of us have to go to the doctor for something we’d rather not talk about. Whether it’s a rash in a private place or a broken condom the night before, none of us enjoy asking those embarrassing medical questions. The experience can be particularly uncomfortable and nerve-wracking for female patients, especially if they don’t want to be treated by a male doctor.
Of particular concern is the fact that a large percentage of UK women feel too embarrassed to visit their doctor or pharmacist for the morning after pill. In one study, 39% of women gave this reason for not seeking out emergency contraception after unprotected sex. Worrying (but very understandable) attitudes like this also extend to sexual health matters, with many men and women avoiding getting tested for STIs out of awkwardness.
But imagine if you could receive a comprehensive consultation from a doctor online, without having to speak to them face-to-face? Would that make the average person more likely to seek help for those blush-inducing symptoms?
We think the answer to that question is yes.
How online health services work
We’re all familiar with the process of going to a GP appointment. You make a call to the surgery, turn up for your allotted time and go in to see your doctor (usually after a bit of a wait!). The doctor talks to you for up to 10 minutes, and at the end of the appointment makes an assessment about what kind of medical care you need. If you walk away with a prescription, you will then have to visit the nearest pharmacy to have it filled.
Ordering a treatment from a private online health clinic is very similar to this process – only it’s a lot quicker and more discreet.
When you log on to an online clinic or pharmacy, you can choose the prescription treatment you feel you require and then begin an online medical questionnaire. This is very similar to the conversation you would have with your GP, as it requires you to enter all the relevant information (including medical history and whether you’re on any current medication). Within the next few hours a doctor will assess your answers to make sure you can be safely treated. If you are approved for treatment, your order will be processed and made available, normally by delivery.
If your doctor feels that you are not suitable for treatment, they will advise an alternative course of action, normally involving face-to-face medical care. This ensures that you are receiving the appropriate treatment at all times.
Prioritising patient privacy
There are many benefits to online healthcare, but for many patients it’s the privacy and discretion that they value most.
When you seek medical care online, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- No need to see a doctor face to face
- Private, password-protected personal account
- Discreet, unlabelled packaging
At LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, we have a particular commitment to patient privacy that means we will never share confidential medical information without your express consent. We also use the latest security technology to protect the data you share with us online.
Discreet healthcare services for women & men
There are plenty of discreet services available through online clinics and pharmacies. Popular services for men include erectile dysfunction tablets and hair loss treatments.
Women, meanwhile, can enjoy the ease and convenience of ordering the morning after pill online without having to worry about speaking to a doctor or pharmacist face to face. They can also order straightforward antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infections (cystitis), prescription facial hair removal cream, and a range of STI tests and STI treatments.
Take an STI Test at Home
If you think you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but you’re not comfortable with the idea of getting tested at a clinic or GP surgery, consider ordering a home test kit through an approved online clinic or pharmacy. That way you can take a sample yourself in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
These kits work in a very straightforward way. They are delivered to your address in discreet, unlabelled packaging and contain all the equipment and instructions you will need to take a sample. For women, this usually involves taking a swab of your vagina. Once you have the sample, you can post it back for testing, normally in a prepaid envelope.
When your sample has been screened, your test results will be made available to you confidentially (at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, your results appear in your private account). If you do require treatment, your consulting doctor can recommend a prescription treatment available on the website, or offer guidance about seeking medical attention with a doctor face to face.
Morning after pill
If you have had unprotected sex, or your contraception has failed, the thought of going into a pharmacy to get the morning after pill can be pretty daunting. LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor offers its very own morning after pill service. Simply fill out the online questionnaire, and if appropriate, one of our clinicians will prescribe you either the ellaOne or Levonorgestrel (sometimes known by its branded version Levonelle) morning after pills.
GP Photo Assessment Service
If you have an unusual rash or skin complaint in a private area, you can save yourself the embarrassment of visiting a GP or sexual health clinic by using Online Doctor’s GP Photo Assessment Service. Simply fill in the short medical questionnaire and upload two high quality photos of the affected area. This will allow your consulting doctor to diagnose the issue and make a recommendation of treatment.