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An argument for 15 minute consultations

Tom Nolan, a GP ST4 at King’s College Hospital VTS, London and Dr Sarah Bruml, a GP at Brockwell Park Surgery, London, have produced a poster that explains the argument for 15 minute consultations in general practice.

They write: ‘We have shown that offering 15 minute routine appointments is not assoicated with an increase in the time that GPs spend consulting with each patient per year at our practice compared with the national average. In addition, we believe that offering 15 minute appointments contribute to our practice’s excellent reputation as indicated by our scoring well above the national average on accessibility indicators and overall experience in the National Patient Survey.’

Readers' comments (5)

  • 15 MINUTES IS TO SHORT A TIME TO PERFORM A FULL PHYSICAL AND DO THE NECESSARY BLOODS ETC

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  • I HAVE 1OMINUTE APPOINTMENTS AND MIXED WITH 5 MINUTE ONES

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  • Our practice carries out routine telephone consultations and patients prefer this as few want to come to the surgery. Most are worried and are looking for reassurance. So long as one covers the 'red flag' areas it can be done safely. This is the best way to improve access

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  • Having worked in OOH,there is lots of flexibility in amount of time spent with a single counsultation.15 min consultation would not be appropriate in OOHS service

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  • the surgery regularly has 16 bookedappointments but this increases to 23/25 patients if include extras on a regular basis

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