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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

GP Training

The Registrars

blood_pressure4As our Practice is a teaching practice, we have a series of short term junior doctors similar to the hospital junior doctors. These experienced doctors are usually with us from four to six months.  We have the responsibility of preparing them for the challenge of their own Practice. This of course constantly keeps us on our toes and in the mainstream of medical thought. 

Medical Students

As part of our teaching commitment, from time to time we have  medical students from Newcastle University at the practice to gain experience as part of their course. We hope you will be able to help them with their training but if you do not wish to have them present when you see the doctor, please feel free to say so.

 
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