GP clinic in the A&E department
By having a GP clinic in the A&E department it can
1. Reduce waiting times for patients who really needs treatment
2 Reduce impatient people waiting
3. The GP clinic can be also used as a teaching tool for Residents and Student nurses. A separate section to be dedicated in the A&E department -after the Triage RN has assess the patient and patient are identify to attend the A&E department or for GP clinic.
The GP clinic should be opened from 8am to 11pm 7days a week...to capture the high traffice times especially over the weekend. The Resident assigned to the clinic can also be utilized in A&E when ther is no patients.
At the GP clinic, education should be given to the patient about as to other resources in the community such as afterhour doctor service which is a bulk billing service or a list of bulk billing GP's in the area for further referrence.
Hopefully after enought time... 12months each hospital can assess the attendance of the GP clinic... if the demand is deminishing then the hospital can make a decision to reduce opening times depending on the statistic.
Why the contribution is important
It important to have the A&E department only for emergency's. So people have no idea that they should not be there if they could see a GP but either:
1. can't afford the out of pocket expence to see a GP
2. have no idea where the bulk billing GP are in there area especially over Sunday as some bulk billing medical centers are only open 6days a week.
3. Some people believe that the hospital should have a GP clinic.
by ClarkLy1900 on August 13, 2019 at 12:32PM