USI and videoDoc collaborate to promote free student healthcare initiative.

The free consultation service will be offered to students 7 days a week

The online doctor service videoDoc has partnered with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to provide free consultations for students 7 days a week. The service is part of the free student healthcare initiative, and will be available until June 2019.

USI President Síona Cahill expressed her enthusiasm “to partner with videoDoc to provide free online doctor healthcare”. The service will be provided to all 374,000 student members of USI. From today onward, the services are to operate “alongside existing services on campuses.”

Addressing the financial advantages of the partnership, Cahill added: “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 be seen in minutes by using videoDoc.”

Cahill explained that students who are enrolled part-time, on erasmus, or on placement will “have access to a doctor service.” She indicated that it was of great importance that USI “encourage more and more students to take their health needs seriously, and use health services available to them.”

VideoDoc, who are the leading Irish online doctor service, aim to promote convenience and accessibility. After signing into the videoDoc app or website, patients can connect with a doctor in minutes from any location. Cahill noted that “Online services like VideoDoc are easy to access and if a prescription is needed, then it can be sent to the nearest pharmacy.”

CEO and co-founder of videoDoc Mary O’Brien added: “videoDoc is once again thrilled to be offering this service to USI students free of charge for the academic year. We are very pleased that students are having a great experience and are returning to the service for a convenient medical consultation.”

Caroline Boyle

Caroline Boyle is a current Deputy News Editor of Trinity News. She is a Senior Fresh BESS student, and a former Senior Reporter.