Digital Doctor

None of us can plan for when we might get sick. Sometimes we might just need to speak to a GP to discuss our symptoms and the last thing we need, now more than ever, is to sit in a waiting room. The Digital Doctor benefit gives Irish Life Health members unlimited consultations with an Irish based GP via phone or via video call, see specified times below.

Through Digital Doctor and where appropriate, GPs can also arrange to have a prescription sent to your local pharmacy or refer you to a specialist, following your consultation.

Any questions? Check out our FAQ section below

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**Due to high demand for this service, the wait times to speak to a GP is longer than normal. We apologise for any inconvenience
 

 
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Book now online or call us, home or abroad, to speak with a Medical Council of Ireland registered GP.

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Speak to a doctor via phone or video call, whichever you prefer. You have 24/7 access to our GPs via phone. Video appointments are available Monday to Sunday 08:00 – 22:00*.
 

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Where appropriate, you can also get a prescription sent to your local pharmacy or a referral letter to see a specialist.

You can speak to our GPs about:
  • General medical advice
  • Coughs, colds, chest infections
  • Minor Aches and Pains
  • Urinary infections
  • Mild nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Referral to a consultant/specialist for further investigation
  • Minor Stomach Upsets
  • Travel advice
  • Medication advice
  • Sore Throats
  • Mild ear and nose complaints*
  • STI Symptoms*
  • Prescription Service

*Due to the nature of these conditions, we may need to refer you to a GP for an in-person examination.

We strive to help every caller but there are some conditions that are outside the scope of this service:
  • Broken or suspected broken bones
  • Severe symptoms of any kind (breathing issues, chest pain, headache, abdominal pain, confusion or bleeding)
  • Eye infections or injuries
  • Conditions that require in-person examination such as testicular or breast lumps
  • Where a test is required such as bloods, ECG or Xray/CT scan/MRI
  • Requests for controlled medications like sleeping tablets, opiates or z-drugs
  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Mental health conditions
 

Wondering how to book?

  1. Book now by logging into your online account here
  2. Rather book over the phone? No worries, just call 01 562 5150
  3. Calling from abroad? Not a problem – simply call +353 1 562 5150

When is Digital Doctor available?

Telephone Consultations with a GP Available 24/7. Call to book.

Video Consultations and online bookings* 
Prescriptions*
Referral Services*

Available Monday to Sunday: 08:00 – 22:00*


*Excluding Christmas Day
Terms, conditions and data charges may apply. Services available where covered on your plan. See your Table of Cover for details. Digital Doctor is provided by Centric Health, Ireland’s primary care experts.

Key questions about Digital Doctor

When you first call, you will speak to a member of the Patient Care Team who will take your details and arrange a convenient time for either a GP telephone or video consultation. Please be advised that video consultations are available Monday – Sunday 8am to 10pm, excluding Christmas Day.

This service is not designed for medical emergencies. For urgent care needs, the best course of action is to visit your nearest A&E department or dial 112.

Digital Doctor is provided by Centric Health, Ireland’s largest primary care provider. Their GPs are expert clinicians trained in general practice and virtual healthcare techniques.


All Digital Doctor GPs are registered with the Irish Medical Council and based in Ireland with extensive experience of the Irish Healthcare system.

Unlimited Digital Doctor consultations are included, when covered on your Irish Life Health plan, at no extra cost.

Yes. Where possible, we will always try to accommodate a patient’s preference to speak to a male or female doctor.

Yes, children are eligible to use Digital Doctor when covered on their plan. Where a patient is under the age of 18, it is necessary for their parent or legal guardian to book on their behalf.

For pregnancy related questions, for your own wellbeing and that of your baby we recommend that you contact your own GP or caregiver.


We understand that other medical matters can arise while you are pregnant and depending on the condition, a Digital Doctor GP may be able to provide medical advice. You may also contact the Irish Life Health Nurse on Call service for pregnancy and midwifery related advice on 01 562 5150.


Please always advise the Digital Doctor Patient Care Team if you are or could be pregnant.

Yes, where the GP believes it is clinically appropriate, they will issue a prescription. The prescription will be emailed securely to a pharmacy of your choice during your consultation. You can then collect your prescription during pharmacy opening hours.


In line with clinical best practice guidelines for remote prescribing, Digital Doctors GPs are unable to issue repeat prescriptions for the ongoing treatment of long-term conditions. In these instances, it is in your best interest to be seen by your own GP who will manage your care.


Digital Doctor GPs may be able to offer individual prescriptions for, and advice on, medication you are currently taking and short course medication for certain acute conditions, depending on the symptoms presented.

Yes, if the GP feels it is medically appropriate, they can send you a sick note. This will be e-mailed to your preferred e-mail address.

Should the GP feel that you would benefit from seeing a consultant or specialist, they can provide you with a referral letter. In some instances, the GP may advise that your own GP makes the referral to ensure continuity of medical care.


Remember to check the cover you have on your individual policy before engaging a consultant or specialist or accessing any diagnostic or treatment services. The referral letter is not confirmation of cover.


To learn more about what is covered under your Irish Life Health policy, you can log in to your online account here and use the Am I Covered tool. Or you can call the Irish Life Health Customer Care Team on (01) 562 5100 and they will be happy to assist you. They are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Please feel free to call us on 01 562 5150 or e-mail us on heretohelp@irishlifehealth.ie.

Centric Health is the data controller for all patient data. Patient data and records are stored on a GP practice management system called Socrates. This will only be accessible with multi-factor authentication by authorised GPs and staff. All prescriptions and referrals will be made by secure e-mail.

Yes. Patient confidentiality is very important, and all medical records remain confidential. Continuity of care is extremely important; therefore, a record of your consultation and medical notes can be securely sent to your own GP by request, with your consent.

If you would like a copy of your notes, please let your GP know during your consultation. Alternatively you can request your notes by completing this form or send an email request to digitaldoctor@centrichealth.ie.

Centric Health is a Irish Primary Care group with a growing network of GP practices across Ireland. The company was founded in 2004 by two doctors, Dr Maurice Cox (CEO) and Dr Ray Power (Medical Director).

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