GPs reported seeing an ‘overwhelming number’ of patients on Monday (7 November), including one practice which consulted 3% of its patient list in a single day.
An LMC further warned that September had seen one in every two patients attending their practices.
GPs said that they were especially concerned about what this demand means for the coming winter, when workload will increase further.
Dr Dave Triska, a GP in Surrey, said that on a busy week his practice would usually see around 6% of its patient list, but it saw 3% of patients on Monday alone – an ‘enormous increase’ on what they normally experience.
He added that there were ‘overwhelming numbers’ of minor issues, driven in part by ‘significant psychological stress’ patients are experiencing.
‘It might be due to the zeitgeist pressure of what’s happening in the world. People are concerned about their own health,’ he said.
Numerous GPs left comments below Dr Triska’s tweet, saying that their practices also experienced record numbers of patients on Monday, with one receiving 300 calls by 10am.
Kent LMC said in its newsletter: ‘Appointment data for September again demonstrated the tremendous hard work and dedication to patient care and access of general practice teams in Kent and Medway, with activity equating to almost 1 in 2 patients in Kent and Medway attending general practice.’
Last month, a Twitter campaign revealed that some GPs are seeing hundreds of patient contacts in a day despite the recommended safe working limit of 25.
Pulse also reported on a stark warning that demand for GP appointments is at record levels and ‘outstrips’ capacity announced by NHS England’s board.
And NHS England national director for primary care Dr Amanda Doyle confirmed there will be ‘no additional’ winter funding to support GPs over the next few months amid a ‘tight’ financial situation.