BY MARC MORRISON
DIT students will now receive free GP service via the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) website.
USI have launched the service for their 374’000 affiliated students in a partnership with a company called VideoDoc.
USI believe the service will take away the financial burden of attending a GP.
DITSU VP for Welfare, Roisin O’Donovan told The Edition: “I think it’s a great initiative that USI have taken on, we will be promoting this to students but only as an alternative if it’s an emergency.”
All of VideoDocs online GP’s are registered with the Irish Medical Council and the service will be available 8am to 10pm every day.
Speaking at the launch of the service USI President, Michael Kerrigan said: “We are delighted to partner with VideoDoc to provide free GP healthcare to our members. With the high cost of living and accommodation being the main factor in student poverty, our students can now rest assured that if they get sick they can save money on a GP visit with VideoDoc.”
Students must register with VideoDoc via a link on the USI website. Students then enter their personal details, including their student number. VideoDoc then take one working day to verify the students details and allow an account to be set up.
Kerrigan told The Edition that the service will have no effect on the affiliation fee which student unions pay to USI.
Given the recent closures of DIT’s Lindenhall Medical Centre, Kerrigan said: “this service will be a help to many students, especially at evenings, weekends, during holidays and for students on placement”.
“We do recognise the value of having a medical centre on campus and that this is something that cannot be replaced,” the USI President added.
VideoDocs online GP service can issue students with prescriptions and sick notes.