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Doctor First Woodseats pioneers

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Local MP Meg Munn recently visited Woodseats Medical Centre to meet Michelle Webster, the Practical Manager, to see firsthand the realities of life for a busy GP practice. Woodseats Medical Centre serves 8,700 patients from the area and has been an important part of the community for many decades, recently featuring on Look North as a success story in managing the ever growing demands faced by GP practices.

The centre is one of 50 practices across the country pioneering the new Doctor First Scheme, a system where every patient that wants an appointment speaks to a senior doctor first. This initial discussion is vital in reducing the number of people who actually do need to come to the centre - the majority of people can be diagnosed over the phone and even issued a prescription, to collect when they wish. This new system lets doctors concentrate resources more effectively on those patients who need to physically see the doctor.

The morning rush at the centre has been reduced and while previously a doctor would see around 6 people an hour, they now deal with up to 100, with only 30 needing to come into the centre. As a result all patients receive advice and reassurance straight away, and if they need medical attention they can be referred quickly, all patients are now treated within 24 hours.

Meg said:

“The scheme serves as an outstanding example of how technology can be used to tackle issues like high demand and limited NHS resources. I am very pleased that this is being pioneered in the constituency and hope that more GPs will adopt the scheme”

For further information visit: http://www.woodseatsmedicalcentre.nhs.uk/

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Meg with Michelle Webster

Meg with Michelle Webster

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