Company behind digital GP service to create 60 jobs with £1m investment

A Coventry-firm behind a web platform that provides online services for general medical consultations and prescriptions has received a £1m funding package which will enable it to create 60 jobs.

The GP Service (UK) secured the funding from Maven Capital Partners through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, which will also help the firm to further develop the functionality of its existing platform, grow its independent pharmacy and enterprise customer base, as well as drive patient enrolment.

The GP Service provides online access to general medical consultations and prescriptions via a mobile app, website portal and pharmacy terminals.

It is currently the only online Private General Practitioner (GP) consultation service provider that has been granted access to patient NHS Summary Care Records, without requiring the patient to leave their registered GP. This will give the firm the ability to provide a secure end-to-end solution through UK qualified General Medical Council (GMC) registered doctors that are able to assess, diagnose and treat patients in real-time.

Patients using the digital service are able select their preferred affiliated local General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered pharmacy for prescription dispensing and doctors are able to provide value-added healthcare services such as fit to work notes, referral letters and vaccines. Mor than 1000 pharmacies in the UK have already become members.

Backed by an experienced management team, executive chairman Atul Devani is a serial technology entrepreneur responsible for founding United Clearing, which listed on AIM in 2004, before being sold in 2006 for £25m.

Devani said “We are thrilled to receive funding from MEIF Maven Debt Finance, which will enable us to accelerate growth plans and invest in the on-boarding of independent pharmacies. We are also planning to accelerate the launch of our service to enterprise customers and ramp up direct marketing campaigns to drive patient enrolment onto the GP Service’s platform.”

Sajid Sabir investment associate at Maven, said: “The GP Service is a fast growing, technology-led business providing medical services to meet market and patients’ demands. The company is expanding its existing services, with additional functionality being developed and integrated, and is gaining strong traction with independent pharmacies and enterprise clients. We look forward to working with the GP Service team to help them achieve their ambitious plans.”

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