Keats House Health Centre, Bush Fair, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6LY

Telephone: 01279 215 415
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NEWS UPDATE 6TH NOVEMBER 2020

THE HAMILTON PRACTICE IS OPEN, VERY BUSY AND WE HAVE BEEN SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC

  • All General Practitioner (GP) appointment requests must still be first triaged over the phone, and if you cannot be safely managed over the phone or video consultation, we will arrange for a face to face appointment for you.
  • Most services have now resumed safely, however, whilst we are able to provide joint injections (strictly on a case by case basis) we still cannot perform minor surgery.
  • We are still making referrals for further investigation including urgent cancer referrals.
  • We have safely provided almost 2000 flu vaccinations so far and would strongly encourage any patient in an at risk group who has not yet had a flu vaccine to contact the practice as soon as possible.
  • We are still awaiting guidance from NHS England regarding vaccination of patients in the new cohort of those aged 50 to 64 and will inform you as soon as we have more news.
  • We are also still awaiting guidance from NHS England on delivery of a possible COVID19 vaccination programme to patients.

 GP appointments data (England)

The latest GP appointments data for England was published yesterday, which shows that there were 6.5 million more appointments in September than in August and almost a million more appointments than in September 2019. The data also shows that there were:

  • 4.7 million more face to face appointment in September than in August
  • 56% of appointments in September 2020 were face to face and 38% of appointments were via telephone, compared to 81% and 13%, respectively, in September 2019.
  • 1.8 million more same day appointments in September than in August, with 1.5 million more same day appointments than in September 2019.
  • Over 2 million more same or next day appointments in September this year compared to August 2020 and September 2019.

This data clearly shows that despite the pandemic and what has been portrayed in the media, general practice remains open and is delivering more appointments that we did at this time last year. The British Medical Association (BMA) tracker survey also shows that remote consultations actually take longer than face to face ones, leaving GPs more tired and with longer working days as a result, so simple appointment numbers only tells half the story of the change taking place.