NHS Newark & Sherwood CCG launches GP First Campaign

NHS Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group is embarking on a new campaign this winter, designed to help patients and carers to access the right health care, first time.

The GP First campaign aims to highlight the wide range of health and well-being services available at GP practices, and to support people to make the right choice when accessing health care.

Family doctors in Newark and Sherwood practices can provide patients with specialist services and advice from joint injections, contraception, minor injuries treatment, dermatology advice and much more.

Dr Mark Folman, Local GP and Unplanned Care Lead for Newark & Sherwood CCG said “We find that a lot of patients are going to A&E that could be treated in their local GP surgery. We want people to understand that they can go to their GP for the majority of non-urgent complaints, and hopefully the GP First campaign will go some way in achieving this. This will help to alleviate the pressure on the emergency services to respond to more urgent cases.”

“GP surgeries are the ideal place to assist you with your minor injury or illness. They are skilled in assessing and managing these conditions very well. They have the advantage of having your medical history easily available, so they can check that any treatment they may give you is appropriate. They can also provide advice on medical certification and timescales for you to be well enough to return to work.”

Using your GP as the first point of contact for your health care needs ensures that your full medical history is taken into account, and they have access to a wide range of other services that they can help you quickly access. There is increasing demand on our emergency services, and these should only be used for very urgent care needs.

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