a GP Appointment
There are two main reasons for this.
- Shortage of GPs. Park Avenue is currently down on GPs resulting in a loss of 60 appointments every week. There are insufficient locum GPs to cover this gap.
- Increasing patient demand. Advances in medical science are a major factor in increasing the average life expectancy of the population however this increase brings with it an increase of cases where patients face multiple problems requiring extensive GP consultation time.
What can you, as a Patient do, to help?
- Please utilise the services of your local pharmacist when you are suffering from minor ailments such as common colds or coughs as they have the expertise to advise you as to what you should do.
- If you have a problem or enquiry with regard to your medication, please take it up with your local pharmacist in the first instance.
- Please understand that the GP may decide, based on your symptoms that it would be appropriate for you to be seen by the Practice Nurse. The Practice Nurse will always refer you to a GP if she feels that your problem warrants it.
Please remember that when your symptoms are serious then the Practice will always try to ensure that you are seen at the Practice or that appropriate action is taken that day.
The lack of GP appointments is not going to be solved overnight but the Practice believes that with the actions it is taking, supported by the actions of our patients as outlined above will result in an improved situation.
The lack of GP appointments is not going to be solved overnight but the Practice believes that with the actions it is taking, supported by the actions of our patients as outlined above will result in an improved situation
(Site updated 17/05/2016)