Dr Thom was founded in 2002 by Dr Thom Van Every, a UK trained doctor specialising in sexual health. Dr Van Every observed that patients seeking help for sexual health problems like treatment for sexually transmitted infections, or help with erectile dysfunction, found the process embarrassing and inconvenient. He suspected many patients were so put off going to the doctor that they weren't seeking any help at all.
Dr Thom's website was set up to replace traditional face-to-face appointments with remote and online medical services, making it more convenient and comfortable for patients to receive the care they need.
Dr Thom now provides a whole range of remote medical services, including emergency contraception, help for patients suffering with hair loss, or for those who want to stop smoking.
The evidence shows that patient-led, remotely overseen medical care is safe and leads to overall better health for patients. Dr Thom continues to lead the way in making it as easy as possible for patients to look after themselves.
In 2006 Dr Thom became the first ever online organisation to register with the government regulator of healthcare - the Care Quality Commission, confirming their high standards.
All of the doctors who work at Dr Thom are based in the UK, and are qualified in a variety of fields.
Dr Thom Ireland launched in August 2011 to make healthcare more accessible for Irish patients. The Irish site offers patients online assessments and remote access to asthma inhalers, the contraceptive pill, and erectile dysfunction medicines. All of the doctors who work at Dr Thom Ireland are registered with the Ireland Medical Council.