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Care Navigation – to help patients get the right support, quickly


Across County Durham, all GP practices want to make sure their patients are seen quickly by the right healthcare professional for their problem.  We know that when you are not feeling well you just want to feel better quickly and sometimes may feel that the only person to help would be a GP.


Throughout June and July, our practice staff are receiving specialist training developed by clinicians, to help them provide you with information about choices you have to see an appropriate person for your healthcare needs.  Sometimes a GP isn't the best person to see.  Within your GP practice for example a Practice Nurse (for matters including dressings, immunisations or ear syringes) may be better.  You could also be directed to a healthcare professional in the community such as a community pharmacist, optician or sexual health nurse.


When the receptionists have completed their training and you contact your GP practice, the receptionists may ask you a few questions to help navigate you to the best person to help you quickly.  They won’t try to diagnose your problem, but you may need to tell them a little about why you are calling.  Of course you do not have to, the choice is yours and you can always still request to see your GP, but you may be able to be seen faster by someone who is able to provide the right care for you using 'Care navigation' to help, without waiting to see a GP.


For further details please see the link below 


www.northdurhamccg.nhs.uk/about-our-ccg/care-navigation

Home Visits

Doctor's bagIn order that we can give the best service, we do not expect requests for home visits to be decided by the Receptionist.  Where possible all requests for a home visit are taken by the Doctor.  By doing this, the Doctor can assess the urgency and advise on any treatment necessary before the visit.

Except in a sudden emergency, we feel it is important to have requests for visits in before 10:30.  This means we can usually visit in the late morning.  If the request for a home visit is late, while the Doctor is out doing other visits or involved in booked consultations and it is not for an emergency requiring immediate response, there may be a delay.  If you require home visits please phone early and be prepared to give full details. 

House visits are only available for patients who are housebound because of illness or disability.

Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the surgery.

 
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