Gloucestershire seeing the benefits of GP alternatives

Gloucestershire is one of the areas in the country which is putting into place the GP alternatives plan outlined by the government last week

Plans to create an additional 100,000 extra appointments in Gloucestershire are now underway, according to Gloucestershire Live.

It’s one of the 14 areas in the UK to be involved in a trial to have other NHS staff take the pressure off GPs. It will enable Gloucestershire patients to attend appointments over the weekend.

The hope is that the additional support will see GP doctors and nurses being able to offer 100,000 more patients during extended hours.

Paramedics alone are carrying out around 120 visits a month in place of GP appointments, whilst physios in other networks are offering more than 180 appointments.

There are also over 40 clinical phamacists working in practices, seeing about 65 patients per week.

All 75 GP practices in Gloucestershire are involved in creating this Primary Care Network model.

Dr Jeremy Welch, a GP in Tewkesbury, said: “Introducing different skill mixes into our practices has been excellent for patients, and across Gloucestershire we have a variety of different services based on each surgery’s specific need.

“The feedback from patients and staff has been extremely pleasing and we are encouraged to keep developing the offer we are able to provide to our patients.

“We are in exciting times and it really feels like a team effort to support our patients.”

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