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Superdrug launches online STI health service

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People with sexually transmitted infections can now access prescription-only treatments once assessed by an online doctor, after a new service was launched by Superdrug.

The high street chemist now offers a chlamydia and gonorrhoea test for £40, chlamydia treatment for £25 and gonorrhoea treatment for £30.

Women who do not have time to go to their GP to be prescribed the oral contraceptive pill can collect a supply for £27 as long as they have previously taken it, while antibiotic cystitis treatment is available for £17.

Superdrug has launched the service in collaboration with DrThom - the first online healthcare specialist to register with the Care Quality Commission, which regulates healthcare in the UK.

All the doctors offering diagnosis are based in Britain, are registered with the General Medical Council and are responsible for the care they provide - much like any doctor who provides face to face consultation.

The price paid includes the online consultation with a doctor and the cost of the medication. There is a pre-defined range of services - people cannot use it for any other medical problems.

Patients with problems which do not come under one of the services offered, or whom the doctor believes need to have a more in-depth consultation, will be directed to their GP.

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  • Welcome to the first wave of privatisation folks!

    Not that it is in and of itself a bad thing, it gives a lot of choice after all, as long as the patients have the money, of course.

    I think we are going to see more and more of this type of thing, if the STI service makes a profit, then they will expand that into another realm. Perhaps Nurses should be at the forefront of this? Personally I believe that Nurses could set up a similar operation just as easily and run it just as well. If it is going to happen anyway, then why not make sure our profession is at the front of the queue for a change, instead of lagging behind picking up the breadcrumbs of our medical colleagues?

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