Doctors in Devon issue urgent reminders: face-to-face GP appointments still available, only come to A&E in an emergency

Authored by News Desk

People in Devon are being reassured they will still get a face-to-face appointment at their local practice if their GP thinks they need one, and that they should only go to hospital A&E departments in an emergency.

With the danger of COVID-19 still very much present in Devon, GP practices have measures in place to protect patients and staff by reducing unnecessary contact and...

SW GPs lead the way by offering Covid-19 research opportunities to their patients thanks to new GP training

Authored by Mary

Research is being placed at the heart of GP training in the South West giving four recently qualified GPs and one GP who is still in training the opportunity to offer the Covid-19 research to their patients.

The PRINCIPLE Trial is a nationwide study into Covid-19 which is being delivered in the community. The study aims to enable researchers to rapidly evaluate different treatments...

Committee asks NHS to look again at GP practice plans

Authored by News Desk

A committee is asking the NHS to revisit its proposals which might lead to the closure of a GP practice in Plymouth.

A number of GP surgery contracts in Plymouth are up for renewal in March 2017. Plymouth City Council’s Wellbeing Select Committee met on Thursday 6 October 2016 to discuss proposals by NHS England not to re-procure a service being delivered through the Cumberland surgery...

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...

Patients encouraged to help ease pressures on the NHS by self caring

Authored by News Desk

A new poster campaign aimed at helping patients get the help they need this winter has been launched by the British Medical Association. The posters, distributed to all GP practices across the South West encourages patients to self-care , for example when suffering from colds or sore throat, rather than visiting their local GP or A&E.

The campaign comes at a time when excess...

Books on Prescription from Plymouth Libraries

Authored by JenniferJ

GPs in Plymouth can now issue ‘Books on Prescription’ to help improve the health of people in the city.

Plymouth City Council’s Library Service is launching the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme on Friday 25 October at Central Library from 11am to 2pm. The scheme gives local health professionals a core booklist covering common conditions such as anxiety, depression, phobias,...

Seven day, 8am-8pm GP access plans for patients

Authored by News Desk

The public will be able to see their GP seven days a week and out of office hours under new proposals set out by the Prime Minister for a first wave of GP groups offering extended opening hours across the country.

The government claims the move will make it easier for people see their family doctor from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and will help thousands who struggle to find GP...

Devon GPs celebrate 65 years of the NHS

Authored by NEWDevonCCG

Doctors in Devon are celebrating the 65th birthday of a “national treasure” today – the NHS.

Since the NHS launched on 5 July 1948 it has continually developed and in April this year groups of GPs and clinicians were given the responsibility of buying most healthcare services, including acute hospitals and mental health services.

In Devon, the Northern, Eastern and Western...

Older patients have higher expectations and are more satisfied with healthcare

Authored by Matthew Vizard

New research on patients' experiences of health services and how these relate to their expectations and satisfaction, published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, reveals that older people have higher expectations of their care and that they believe that their expectations are being met.

The research questions prevailing stereotypes that characterise older patients as...

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