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Pressures force GP practices to halt routine appointment bookings


There are unfortunately plenty of reasons why a patient may need to book an appointment that isn’t urgent and could certainly be anticipated 4 or even 8 or might I proffer 12 weeks or more in advance, including but not limited to medication reviews, COPD reviews, diabetic reviews, asthma reviews, mental health issues and any number of reviews and the management of non acute chronic health issues. If the only option your patient has is a same day emergency appointment because you are booked up for 4 weeks hence, you really aren’t running a primary care service, more a half arsed second rate first aid / fire fighting / hospital referral clinic. Is that what we think we should be? Urr I don’t think that’s actually what a GP service should be.

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24 May 2018

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