- Posted Monday October 8, 2018
Have you ever read an article and then gone to check that the date is not April 1? Well I have recently, as some of the articles I’ve seen have left me incredulous to say the least.
In this weekend’s papers and on the TV news we saw the headline ‘GPs are to see patients in groups of 15’. Apparently, this has been trialled across the country with some success and has been judged as having many benefits.
Apparently, patients with the same conditions will meet with either a facilitator, a receptionist or a healthcare worker so they can all discuss their symptoms before spending two minutes with their GP.
Now I know they are probably talking about the likes of asthma and hypertension, but really - is this feasible and is it what patients want?
How many practices have the room, the organisation and the skill set to run such clinics?
Of course, there will be some people who see it as a morning out and will enjoy the experience but I strongly believe the majority of people wish to be seen in a confidential environment.
Can you imagine if this rolled out for other common illnesses? Are practices going to have a constipation day, a piles day, STD day? Are these going to be advertised on the practice website?
Can you imagine sitting in the waiting room, only to hear booming over the tannoy: “Everyone with cancer to room one, everyone with depression to room two and everyone with erectile dysfunction to room four, next to the gents”? It just makes no sense. I might be making light of it, but is this really the way forward?
Of course, there are patients who would be only too happy to tell all and sundry about their conditions, but I would suggest that most of us really want to have a one-to-one with their GP or nurse. I know I do and I think this initiative is doomed to failure.
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Edited October 11 by First Practice Management