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It’s easy to see your GP: 6 things you need to know

Authored by Mary

More and more people in Devon are seeing their GPs as services continue to adapt to keep people safe from coronavirus.

Services like routine vaccinations and smear tests are now being offered, in addition to usual weekday GP appointments which can be held by phone, online or face-to-face.

Many people are surprised to know that GP services are fully available. Here’s how it...

Your NHS is here for you: GP practices in Devon provide reassurance they are still open

Authored by Mary

Doctors in Devon are reassuring local people that the NHS is still there for them if they are unwell and need help.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has warned that delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to people’s health.

The message comes as new findings that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to...

Patients and GP practices in Devon embrace new technology

Authored by Mary

Devon’s GP practices are helping the fight against COVID-19 by enabling patients to consult their doctor without leaving the house, either online, by the telephone or through video.

More than 90% of the county’s practices have now signed up to the eConsult online platform, which allows patients to access services from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

This represents a...

Extra access for patients to GP practices and pharmacies over Easter bank holiday weekend

Authored by Mary

Special arrangements are in place to make sure people in Devon can access GP and pharmacy services over the Easter weekend.

To respond to the current high demand from patients, GP practices across Devon, Torbay and Plymouth will be opening on Good Friday and Easter Monday as if they were normal working weekdays – from 8am to 6pm. Since the start of the outbreak, practices across the...

The pharmacist will see you now...

Authored by Mary

People in Devon are being urged to think “Pharmacy First” to fix their winter health problems.

Many people are unaware of the wide range of services available from their local pharmacist and they spend time waiting unnecessarily for a GP appointment or even in busy hospital Accident and Emergency departments, which are often under extreme pressure at this time of year.

Local...

Online GP consultations leap in first week

Authored by Mary

In their first week of full operation, around 1,000 online GP consultations were made to Beacon Medical Group, with 42% of all patient contacts in that first week made via online GP consultations.

Some 62.7% of patients who used an online GP consultation did not need an appointment, freeing up appointments for those who did. Anyone who used the online GP consultation service and who...

Initiative which halved GP wait times to be offered to 7,000 more Plympton patients

Authored by Mary

Beacon Medical Group is proud to be rolling out its No Waiting Room initiative to Glenside patients from October.

The No Waiting Room initiative will see an Urgent Care Team (UCT), comprising practice pharmacists, advanced paramedic practitioners, nurse practitioners and GPs providing patients with the right specialist, at the right time.

Patients registered at Glenside Medical...

Patient volunteers needed for GP exercise referral study

Authored by Mary

Local patient volunteers are being sought by researchers investigating whether or not adding web-based coaching to a GP exercise referral scheme (ERS) would lead to increased uptake and sustained health enhancing physical activity.

The study has been extended to February/March next year and researchers are looking for patients who can be referred by the GPs to the ERS at either the...

Report highlights people with MS in Devon not receiving fair care

Authored by News Desk

New research from the MS Trust surveyed over 1,800 people living with MS. It found that too many people living with progressive forms of MS feel they are getting a second class service, and many feel abandoned by their specialists.

People with progressive MS make up almost half of the UK’s 100,000 MS population. But 40% of them haven’t seen an MS specialist nurse in the past year and...

GP group set to change the future of healthcare

Authored by Mary

A progressive GP group headquartered in Plymouth has expanded its presence across the region with a view to reinventing the traditional general practice structure, using funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Crownhill Surgery in Plymouth is the latest surgery to be incorporated into the Pathfields Practice group, purchased with the support of a six-figure loan from the bank. The...

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