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You can hear more from Aviva at the Bookkeepers Summit

As Christmas approaches, so too does the arrival of flu season. Inconveniently, this coincides with a busy time of year both professionally and personally so it’s more important than ever to think about how you and your staff can access quality healthcare, efficiently and conveniently before illness takes its toll on your business.

With an over-burdened NHS, the average waiting time for a routine GP appointment is now more than two weeks, with nearly a quarter (22%) of GPs reporting a wait in excess of three weeks in some parts of the country*. According to the Nuffield Trust, the onset of seasonal illness such as flu can significantly exacerbate the load on already stretched GP practices (up to ten times) compared to other healthcare settings such as A&E or out of hours services**.

Whilst getting flu or a nasty chest infection might be unavoidable, being able to see a GP quickly to assess your symptoms and if necessary, prescribe medication can make the difference between being out of action for a few days compared to a few weeks. Staff absence can take a heavy toll on your business not only in terms of managing the workload of the unwell employee but also the impact this has on those picking up the slack.

Fortunately, that’s where a new Digital health service from Aviva can help. Aviva Digital GP provides swift access to an NHS qualified GP through video consultation and text, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Featuring round the clock consultation, an ‘ask a question’ feature and repeat prescriptions with free UK delivery, all at the touch of a button. What’s more, Aviva are offering this service at no extra charge to Aviva 360 customers; insurance designed specifically for SME businesses with fewer than 15 employees.

‘'At this time of year, seasonal illnesses are very common and that can make seeing a GP frustrating. Getting fast access to the right care and medical advice can make a big difference to how quickly you recover, so I’m delighted that small business customers can now access Aviva’s digital GP directly via their smartphone’’

Adam Hayward, Senior Clinical Consultant, Aviva UK Health.

Aviva are showcasing Aviva360 at the Bookkeepers Summit later this month, so drop in to have a chat with them about how you and your staff can stay healthy this winter. And what’s more, you could be in with a chance of winning a rather brilliant Samsung 360 camera, just in time for Christmas by entering our competition at the Bookkeepers Summit. 

(*Data from ‘The Pulse, Annual survey of waiting times’ Published August 2019.  

(** The Nuffield Trust, “Snowed under? Understanding the effects of Winter on the NHS”, Published December 2018 www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk.

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