What is DrDoctor?
DrDoctor is a Digital Patient Engagement Platform that the Trust is using to enable our patients to stay up to date with communications about their appointments and care using a digital portal.
Communications from DrDoctor will come from the mobile number +44 7860 039 092.
Please scroll down this page for further information on:
- Video Consultation
- Quick Question
- Broadcast Messaging
- Viewing your appointments in the NHS App
The video consultation service allows patients to have a video call with their clinician as an alternative to a face-to-face appointment where clinically appropriate.
Patients with video appointments from 27 February will have their video consultation appointment through DrDoctor. This service has replaced the previous Attend Anywhere platform.
If you have a video consultation with DrDoctor, you will receive a direct link to your appointment by SMS text message to your UK mobile number or your email address one to two hours before your appointment time.
If you have any questions about your appointment, please call the number provided in your letter.
Why do we offer video consultations?
Video consultations offer a solution for those who find travelling to the hospital for outpatient clinics difficult or inconvenient. It can save time and money and bring care closer to home.
What to expect
- A video appointment runs in the same way as a normal outpatient appointment you would have in hospital but through your mobile device or computer.
- When you are invited to a video consultation appointment, you will receive a letter including the date and time of your appointment as well as asking you to confirm we have the correct UK based mobile number on our records.
- You may also receive a text message or email confirming the booking and reminder messages prior to the appointment day.
- You will receive a direct link to your appointment by SMS text message to your UK mobile number or your email address one to two hours before your appointment time.
- Please log in ten minutes before your appointment time to familiarise yourself with the DrDoctor app.
- Please know clinics may still run late.
All messages sent from DrDoctor will be sent from the same mobile number, this will appear from a mobile number +44 7860 039 092. All messages sent from this number are genuine and not a scam. Please note, you cannot reply to this number.
- When you receive the link to your appointment, you will be able to view all the appointment details and the button to 'Join the call' will be inactive.
- An hour before your appointment time, the video call button will become active, so you can press it to gain access to the consultation.
To get the most from the video call, we also ask you to:
- Ensure you have access to a laptop or desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.
- DrDoctor works on Chrome, Safari and Edge. Please note DrDoctor does not work on Internet Explorer.
- Find a quiet area of your home to have the call.
- Have your questions ready for the clinician as you would do if at hospital.
- Be available for up to 45 minutes after your appointment time should the clinician be running late.
If you are interested in having video consultations, please speak to the team at North Bristol NHS Trust involved in your care.
What is quick question?
A DrDoctor product that sends a link to patients with a link to a single question. Patients can respond with Yes, No or Unsure. And Hospital staff will take action according to each response.
If you receive a text message from the mobile number +44 7860 039 092 please be assured this number is genuine and is not a scam. Please note, you cannot reply to this number.
What will Quick Question be used for?
Quick Question will be used for managing waiting lists and to support your care needs.
For waiting list management depending on your response, we will be in touch with you again with further advice and guidance on next steps. Please be assured that we will not make any changes to your waiting list status unless we hear from you, and any appointment dates you may already have still stand. Please note that any comments attached to your response will only be used to manage our waiting lists and therefore might not be reviewed by a clinician.
Your response will be crucially important to help us manage our waiting lists and your ongoing care.
If you have a worsening medical problem or concern with an existing condition, and are unsure what to do, please contact your usual healthcare provider (e.g. your GP or NHS 111) directly.
When will Quick Question be used?
From Tuesday 31 October, we will be using Quick Question to manage our waiting lists digitally for patients who have been waiting longer than 12 weeks on a referral to treatment pathway.
An SMS text message will come from +44 7860 039 092 with a link to a web portal. Both the number and web address are legitimate and secure.
If you have any queries about the Quick Question functionality, please speak to the team at North Bristol NHS Trust involved in your care.
This functionality allows the Trust to send a text message to large groups of patients and/or staff in one message. You may receive a broadcast message in relation to events such as a major incident at the Trust or unforeseen clinic cancellation.
Text messages will come form the number +44 7860 039 092 please note this number is genuine and is not a scam. Please note, you cannot reply to this number.
Digital assessments for outpatient appointments
We have begun using DrDoctor to send out assessments prior to Outpatient appointments.
Digital Assessments are structured questionnaires for patients to explain how they are managing their condition and to inform their care.
If you have any queries about why you have received an assessment form, please use the contact information as provided in the digital assessment invite or please do feel to wait until your appointment to discuss it further with your clinician.
It will not affect your appointment or care if you’re unable to complete the assessment form.
Viewing appointments from DrDoctor in the NHS App
NBT patients in England can now view their NBT outpatient appointments through the NHS App.
There are some specialist clinics that do not appear in the NHS App, and for those clinics, usual communication methods will continue to be used to manage appointments.
Clinics that do not appear in the NHS App are:
- Burns Care
- Transient Ischaemic Attack
- Clinical Psychology
- Fracture clinic for T&O
- Pain Management/ Pain clinic
- Cardiac Rehab
- Rheumatology RTC clinics
- Care of the Elderly Rapid access clinics
- Dietetics Coeliac group clinics
- Midwifery diabetes clinics