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Post-op follow-ups will not add to GP workload

From Professor Martin Roland, director, National Primary Care Research and Development Centre

Your front page report (News,

8 February) suggests that GPs will be landed with a large additional workload as a result of follow-ups after routine surgery.

Our research suggests they will not.

In a controlled trial, we found there was no difference in primary care visits when patients were discharged without a follow-up visit after a range of routine operations.

The only other trial in this area came to a similar conclusion.

Patients already come to see their GPs when they have been in hospital, and routine outpatient follow-up does not reduce GP workload after uncomplicated surgery.

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