Digital healthcare provider Livi has teamed up with BMI Healthcare to reduce pressure on NHS surgeries.
BMI Healthcare is an independent private healthcare provider with more than 50 hospitals and healthcare facilities. Livi enables patients to see GPs and health professionals by video through smartphone or tablets. It is the UK arm of European healthcare provider Kry.
The companies stated NHS GPs frequently have to handle non-critical face-to-face appointments that can be diagnosed via video consultations. Patients will now be able to speak to a GMC-certified Livi GP to arrange a referral to see a specialist consultant.
Simon Lucas, Livi’s partnerships director, said: “Livi’s focus is to provide greater access to healthcare to improve health, wellbeing, and quality of life for everyone across the UK. Our partnership with BMI will harness Livi technology and through access to our range of digital tools, patients will be able to gain referrals to specialists. We are pleased to partner with BMI to help provide solutions for patients to access healthcare services remotely and help ease pressure on the NHS.”
Paul Manning, chief medical officer at BMI hospitals, added: “At BMI Healthcare, we aim to provide the highest standards in every aspect of patient care – and that begins at the point of referral. When patients have a medical complaint, they want to be seen quickly and they want the process to be convenient. Our partnership with Livi will help us deliver on this, by minimising the need to visit a GP practice to get a referral, while at the same time supporting our NHS during this crisis by freeing up valuable resources for those who need to be seen in-person.”
Date published: March 2, 2021