GP Practices in Bridlington have signed up to ‘Get Help Sooner’ – a new way of working to improve and speed up patient access to healthcare professionals and services.
General practice is becoming busier with GPs across the country delivering more than 1.3million patient consultations a day. However, not everyone needs to see a GP.
‘Get Help Sooner’ offers patients the choice to see another healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist, mental health worker, pharmacist, optician or dentist who, in many cases, can more appropriately treat their condition. This will free up GPs’ time to see the patients who really need their expert medical care.
East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group chair Dr Gina Palumbo said: “GPs are part of a much wider team of primary healthcare professional such as nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists and pharmacists who can sometimes provide more appropriate care and treatment for a patient’s condition.
“I know my patients find it frustrating when they wait for an appointment to see me and I then have to send them onto a different health care professional to get the care they need. Get Help Sooner is all about helping patients receive the right care at the right time with the right person. We want to avoid patients having to make unnecessary trips to see their GP when another healthcare professional or service can manage their condition, possibly closer to home.”