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How GP hopes to cut-out workload

Dr Vincent Rawcliffe's practice has made a life-size cardboard cut-out of nurse practitioner Kate Nicoll to encourage patients to see her for minor illnesses and chronic diseases.

Dr Rawcliffe, a GP in Hull, said he was hopeful the cut-out, which stands in the waiting room, would help move some of his workload to the nurse team.

'It's eyecatching and has certainly been very well noticed,' he said.

'We see it as a longer term process to make the patients aware that the nurse team are available and capable of sorting out minor illnesses and routine care of chronic diseases.'

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