This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Read the latest issue online

CAMHS won't see you now

Your first... year in the big wide world

If you've just finished your registrar year, congratulations ­ but while relishing your freedom, don't forget you still need clinical and personal support and help with financial planning, says Dr Melanie Wynne-Jones

If you've just finished your registrar year, congratulations ­ but while relishing your freedom, don't forget you still need clinical and personal support and help with financial planning, says Dr Melanie Wynne-Jones

GPs could be drafted in to deal with the aftermath of major terrorist attacks under proposals from Health Protection Agency advisers.

The plans, currently under trial in Avon PCT, involve identifying GP leads to co-ordinate care in emergency treatment centres, to be run by primary care staff.

The centres ­ located in sports centres or community halls ­ would reduce pressure on hospitals after a major incident by dealing with the walking wounded.

'I believe those people should be going somewhere else ­ like a primary care lead centre,' said Glynn Laverack, health emergency planning adviser at the HPA.

Mr Laverack, presenting the proposals at the HPA conference this week, told delegates voluntary aid organisations had traditionally been relied on to treat walking wounded, but these took up to two hours to mobilise.

'Resources in the community are under-utilised. I'm talking about GPs and practice nurses. So far [in Avon] six GPs are on board, and are promoting this to colleagues.'

Dr Andrew Rixom, a former GP and specialist in public health at Newark and Sherwood PCT, welcomed the proposals, saying: 'I think it would be essential for GPs to be used.' But he said there would need to be adequate cover and time for preparation.

Rate this article  (5 average user rating)

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say