GP First points patients to right health care, first time

NHS Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a campaign to help patients find the right health care, first time – from their local GPs.

The GP First campaign highlights the wide range of health and wellbeing services available from local GP practices so that patients are aware that non-urgent treatments – such as minor injuries – are available locally without having to go to A&E.

Family doctors in Newark and Sherwood practices are far from ‘general’ practitioners and can provide patients with many specialist services such as joint injections, contraception, minor injuries treatment, dermatology advice and much more.

Local GP Dr Mark Folman is the Unplanned Care Lead for Newark & Sherwood CCG. He said: “We find that a lot of patients go to A&E when they could be treated by their local GP. Through the GP First campaign we want people to become aware that they can go to their GP for the majority of non-urgent complaints. This will not only mean speedier, local, treatment for the patient, it will also help to alleviate the pressure on emergency services and enable them to respond to urgent cases.”

GP surgeries are ideally placed to treat minor injuries or illness. Healthcare teams within practices have the advantage of knowing their patients and having their medical history on the spot. They can also provide advice on medical certification and timescales for return to work.”

GP First reinforces the message that A&E and 999 services are only for life-threatening and serious conditions, and that local GPs can provide the support and expertise to deal with most non-urgent health issues.