Cambridge-based digital health platform, PocDoc, has expanded its reach by partnering with four major community pharmacy chains in the UK, bringing digital Health Checks to over 300 locations. Collaborating with Knights Pharmacy Group, Weldricks Pharmacy Group, Greenlight Pharmacy Group, and Lincolnshire Co-op Pharmacy, PocDoc aims to improve access to cholesterol testing and help tackle health inequality.
The PocDoc app provides a comprehensive cardiovascular Health Check pathway, including a lab-grade cholesterol test with results available in under 10 minutes. The platform also collects data on blood pressure and BMI, displaying it in a health dashboard that compares results to NHS clinical guidelines.
By joining forces with community pharmacies, PocDoc is working to increase access to cardiovascular screening, both in-pharmacy and in community settings. This expansion plays a vital role in addressing health inequality and aiding in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes through increased cholesterol testing.
In addition to their pharmacy partnerships, PocDoc has been awarded two major NHS contracts to expand cholesterol testing access in non-traditional settings, such as at home, on the high street, and in other community locations. PocDoc recently secured significant investment from Forward Partners, MMC Ventures, and Simplyhealth, one of the UK’s leading health insurance providers.
PocDoc CEO, Steve Roest, expressed excitement for the expansion into community pharmacy, emphasizing the essential role of pharmacies in increasing access to cardiovascular screening and improving public health.