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.