Practice ENT clinic cuts waits
Dr Aled Rowlands has been hailed by the NHS Modernisation Agency for cutting unnecessary referrals and reducing waiting times with the ear, nose and throat clinic he runs at his practice.
Dr Rowlands, a GP in Bicester, Oxfordshire, receives £13,000 a year of PCT funding to support his special interest.
Patients with minor conditions who would otherwise have been referred to a specialist are now treated in the surgery. A consultant visits monthly to treat more complex cases.
'We refer one-third less patients than all the other PCTs in Oxfordshire but patients are very happy with the overall care they've had here,' said Dr Rowlands.
The agency last week praised him for cutting waiting lists from six months when the clinic started three years ago to just 28 days.