How to Access Our Services
If you are not sure which medical services are available and when to access them please start by going to Choose the Right Services at http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/
Our practice is committed to patient centred care, to provide a high quality medical service and make sure every patient has a named GP who oversees their care. We also have a duty of care to ensure that an individual doctor’s workload is sustainable.
All GPs will:
- consult with patients (face to face, telephone and visits).
- make referrals to and action letters back from other healthcare providers including hospitals.
- request, follow up and action results for tests and investigations
- follow up and manage ongoing conditions
In addition GP Partners, that is Drs Chris Dilley, Simon Kerr, Kate Gurney and Juliet Nelson will:
- divide 16,000+ patients between them on a ratio dependent on the number of sessions they work
- oversee the care of patients on their list and delegate on-going care and consultations to non partner GPs
- also be responsible for medication reviews, carrying out quality and safety audits including prescribing and quality and outcomes framework.
- carry out non clinical work and other management functions
What does this mean for you?
In the past we have asked you to see your own GP. Now you will be asked who is dealing with your problem. If it is a new problem you will be asked to see your registered doctor or one of the other GPs.
This model allows for:
- an increase/decrease in GPs and GP Partners
- a direct line of care management to be followed even if a GP partner does not do the consultation
- continuity of care and improved access through delegation to non partner GPs
- time to manage paperwork for an increased list size and clinical responsibility
- the national difficulty in recruiting GPs as well as changes in general practice culture
In addition our clinical team will continue to provide care as follows:
Primary Care Pharmacist
Our onsite pharmacist will consult with patients over matters concerning medication. If you telephone to speak to a GP about your medication you may be offered an appointment with the primary care pharmacist instead.
Our Nurse Practitioners work autonomously to see, treat and prescribe medicines for patients with acute minor illnesses and conditions.
We have six qualified and experienced practice nurses who will work closely with patients to manage long-term and chronic disease. They also provide a wide range of additional nursing services including vaccines and immunisations, travel, contraception, stop smoking and treatment room services.
Healthcare Assistants (HCA)
HCAs work under the guidance of the Practice Nurses to provide blood tests, INR, health checks, dressings, ECGs, swabs, inhaler techniques, spirometer and blood pressure testing (for patients who are not suitable for self monitoring).
Confidential (and in a private consulting room if available/requested) expert advice and often treatment for minor ailments including coughs, colds, high temperature, blocked nose, sore throat, aches, pains and headaches, hay fever and allergies, insect bites and stings, indigestion and diarrhoea, constipation and haemorrhoids, heartburn, contact dermatitis and minor skin infections, warts and verrucas, athlete’s foot, mouth ulcers, cold sores, conjunctivitis, earache, thrust, cystitis, nappy rash, head lice and threadworms.
Pharmacists also advise on wellbeing and prescription queries and concerns including a review of your current medications.