Patients who feel they need some advice on a problem but are unsure whether or not they need to see the doctor are encouraged to try Patchs.

Patchs enables patients to submit their symptoms online to begin with to avoid having to come to the doctors unless it turns out to be unavoidable.

Other outcomes from using the service after submitting symptoms involve self-care advice, suggestions of more specialised alternative services within the community which may be more appropriate, prescriptions or referrals, and if absolutely necessary a phone call or appointment with the doctor.

There is no registration necessary and patients can get instant access by visiting Patchs.