Are online consultations the way forward?

Wales offer elderly digital appointments Elderly patients could be offered online consultations with hospital doctors to prevent them having to travel long distances for appointments. The pilot scheme in rural north Wales will see patients be able to go to their local GP surgery and have an internet video link appointment with their hospital consultant. The […]

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Waiting for GP appointments could make patients more ill

650,000 patients found it difficult to get an appointment with their doctor The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Wales claim that patients struggling to get GP appointments could be getting sicker and need more expensive treatments as they delay visiting overworked GP’s. With an estimated 650,000 people in Wales finding it difficult to nab […]

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GP phone consultations increase workload by 33%

75% of patients require a second consultation A new study has shown that introducing GP phone consultations instead of face to face appointments does not ease pressures in hectic surgeries – in fact, it increases the workload. Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School analysed 42 practices, where a GP or nurse phoned back […]

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