The Scottish Government Near Me programme aims to provide the people of Scotland the choice to attend health, care and other appointments via video call where appropriate.
If you want to see someone immediately, perhaps moving up from a telephone consultation, you can use the Consult Now feature. If Consult Now is turned on for the waiting area, you will see a separate tab. From here you can invite a caller to join you, this sends a link via email or text to the caller. With just a few clicks they are brought directly into the video call with you bypassing the normal waiting area.
Near Me Groups (beta) Release Note
13th December 2021
The beta version of Near Me Groups is now available and Group Consultation Waiting Areas can now be created.
A successful small scale pilot by NHS Ayrshire and Arran in 2019 tested Near Me for patients referred for swallowing assessment. This was quickly mainstreamed and also enabled scale up during Covid-19. The poster sets out the benefits, key learning, progress to date and next steps.
Near Me is a free an on-line video appointment service for health and care. Since Covid-19 it has been used to deliver over one million appointments. An Independent Evaluation 2021 (available here) recommended ongoing, peer support and training.