Who we are

Millions of patients trust us: ZAVA, your online medical practice for quick, easy and secure access to medical care. Whenever you need us. 365 days a year.

ZAVA, inspired by the French words 'Ça va' (meaning 'how are you?') was founded by David Meinertz and Amit Khutti in 2010 before officially launching online under the name ‘DrEd’ in November 2011.

As pioneers in digital healthcare, we have carried out more than 10 million consultations across Europe and over 7 million consultations in the UK alone. Thousands of patients visit ZAVA via the web every day.

Every consultation is carried out by one of our experienced doctors in a safe, regulated way. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest levels of patient care for every patient who visits the site and have received well over 20,000 reviews across Europe (UK, France & Germany) with thousands of positive experiences.

At ZAVA we are proud to be a fully registered UK pharmacy, and are also one of the very few companies that have passed the recent round of CQC inspections for digital healthcare providers across all categories of care. The latest CQC report mentions we are: "providing safe, effective and well-led". For the category 'well-led' we even received 'outstanding'.

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From DrEd to ZAVA

It all began with our first DrEd website in November 2011, which served the UK and Germany by supplying online medication and advice. Shortly afterwards, and following an investment upwards of $1.4 million, we launched in Switzerland and Austria and later in Ireland. In 2016 we established ourselves in France under our new brand name ZAVA. In January 2019, DrEd officially changed its name to ZAVA in Germany and the UK before finally changing its name in Ireland in October 2020.

Now, since launching nearly a decade ago, we've pioneered online healthcare by providing a convenient, intuitive and affordable service. We've so far carried out over 9 million treatments, curated vast resources of expert medical advice and information, and developed digital healthcare solutions that have shaped the very essence of what it is to be an online doctor.

Learn more about the history of ZAVA

The people behind ZAVA

Front desk

ZAVA employs over 100 members of staff across many areas and disciplines. We are doctors, pharmacists, marketers, engineers, designers, patient support agents and more. And, we all cooperate in developing cutting edge technical and medical solutions together.

You can learn more about our office and life at ZAVA here.

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David Meinertz (Founder & CEO)

David Meinertz

Healthbridge LTD (ZAVA) was founded by David Meinertz and Amit Khutti in 2010 before officially launching online under the name ‘DrEd’ in November 2011.

Hailing from a family of doctors, and as a chronic patient himself, David regularly experienced the ins and outs of visiting doctors and pharmacies to get his medication, and it was here he saw how an online doctor could not only improve his life but many other people's too.

Learn more about David Meinertz

Meet the doctors

Dr Zenon

Our team of doctors are behind every treatment and medication, and they’re always ready to assist you or answer any questions you may have regarding your healthcare.

All of our doctors are all registered in the UK with the General Medical Council (GMC) and trained in providing healthcare remotely. Our clinical service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who are also responsible for regulating services like the NHS.

Our in-house pharmacy team is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Meet our team of doctors

Our partners

We build strong relationships with partners who align with our values, and we're proud to work alongside each of them. In the UK we're currently partnered with Asda to provide affordable and fuss-free medical advice, prescriptions, and treatments for patients with a wide range of needs. We're also partnered with one of the UK's leading pharmacy chains.

If you'd like to know more about how we work with our partners or would like to discuss partnership opportunities with us, you can reach us here.

Pharmacy

The ZAVA in-house pharmacy team processes each and every treatment and are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). They operate to the highest of standards to distribute safe, convenient care to patients across the UK and Europe.

Laboratory

Our testing services are carried out by our partner lab, The Doctors Laboratory (TDL), a UK accredited medical lab who is responsible for performing the tests and ensuring their accuracy.

Learn more about our partner laboratory

Press

We regularly speak to the press to provide medical information, comments on health trends, and expert medical advice.

If you would like to get the latest news about ZAVA, you can sign up for more information below, but you can also reach out to us directly if you have any press-related queries.

Recent news

Our editorial process

Finding accurate online medical information can be hard, and it can be even more difficult to understand. We want to empower our patients to take control of their health by creating high-quality medical content that's clear, factual, and always checked by a doctor.

You can read about our editorial process and content principles and production process here.

Regulation

ZAVA is operated by Health Bridge Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 07392646. The registered office and the main trading address is Health Bridge Ltd (t/a ZAVA), 46 Essex Rd, London N1 8LN.

Health Bridge Limited is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator of NHS and private medical providers, under registration number 1-201500907. As such, we comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

We follow strict safety standards and are subject to regular checks by the CQC. We work tirelessly to ensure the consistency and quality of our service. When developing this service, we follow the recommendations of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

Privacy and complaints

Your privacy is paramount, and we will always be completely transparent with how we use your data.

You can read our privacy policy here.

If you have any complaints regarding our service or want to know more about how we manage complaints, you can read this here.

We take on board all the feedback we receive, and we always strive to be the best at what we do. So, if you do have feedback and want to help us learn, we're always open to hearing it.

Contact

Getting in touch with us is easy. You can drop us a message at any time through your patient account or reach out to our friendly Patient Care team who are available 8am to 7pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday.

If you need to visit our office, it's located in the heart of London at:

ZAVA

Health Bridge Limited

46 Essex Rd

London

N1 8LN

Contact ZAVA

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ZAVA in numbers

Every day we’re expanding our service to make sure our patients have access to the latest treatments and advice. And, as our service grows, so does the team of people that make sure everything is running smoothly. We’re currently proud to work alongside:

  • 33 doctors, pharmacists and medical staff
  • Over 100 talented individuals in design, financial, data, engineering, legal, marketing, and creative teams throughout Germany, France and the UK

And, it’s with their hard work and dedication that enables us to provide:

  • treatments and advice for more than 40 medical conditions
  • 255 medications, which we’re continually updating with the latest available
  • 55+ contraceptive pills
  • Over 40 different test kits, including the latest coronavirus testing services
  • a photo diagnosis service for a range of skin and sexual health conditions
  • and video consultation app (in Germany only for now)

If you’ve got a question about ZAVA or want to learn more, you can read our FAQs or contact our Patient Care team. If you have a question regarding your healthcare, you can message one of our doctors for free through your patient account.

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Why people choose ZAVA

  1. We’ve got the highest achievable score from the Care Quality Commission, an independent commission that controls health services on behalf of the UK government.
  2. We have “great” patient reviews on Trustpilot with well over 1,000 reviews from patients detailing their positive feedback.
  3. We put you in direct contact with experienced doctors who will treat you quickly and competently from wherever you might be.
  4. We offer discreet medical advice and treatment via questionnaire and photo diagnosis - 365 days a year, no matter where you are.

We deliver quickly and reliably. Posted directly from our in-house pharmacy, you will receive your medication within 1 to 3 working days.




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