Max Walsh takes an in depth look at GP pressure in the West Country by spending 12 hours at Southmead Health Centre.Read the full story ›
With growing pressure on GP surgeries and hospitals across the region, health bosses in Plymouth believe they have found a way to help.Read the full story ›
A Plymouth GP surgery which closed last year could have put patients at risk if it had stayed open, according to inspectors.Read the full story ›
A Plymouth GP surgery which closed after inspectors found 'serious concerns' with patient care will not re-open.Read the full story ›
A Plymouth GP surgery has closed suddenly after an inspection found 'serious concerns'.Read the full story ›
Several Swindon patients have travelled to London to hand-deliver a letter at a NHS England board meeting over anger at GP waiting times.Read the full story ›
Introducing GP consultations over the phone rather face-to-face does not reduce pressure in busy surgeries.
That's according to new research by Exeter University. It's found patients who have a telephone call with a GP are 50 per cent more likely to have a follow up-appointment or will try and see a doctor out-of-hours.
A Cornish MP has said that the company in charge of providing out of hours GP services in the county should hand its contract back. Andrew George's comments come after it emerged that Serco was considering sub-contracting part of the work.
We have been working with our NHS customer, Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, to improve the integration of our service with other providers of unscheduled healthcare in the region.
The NHS is considering a number of options to achieve this, including the possibility of the clinical elements of Serco’s service being delivered by a suitable specialist subcontractor of the necessary quality, capability and experience.
At this stage no decision has been made.
If such an arrangement were to be put in place, Serco would continue to be responsible and accountable to Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group for provision of the service.
A Cornish MP has suggest plans by Serco to sub-contract some of its out of hours GP services will lead to a fragmented service. Andrew George says Serco should hand back its contract if it can't do the job.
Serco has admitted it is looking at a number of options, including sub contracting the Cornish service.The MP for St Ives Andrew George said if the company is struggling to deliver the service it should hand it over to someone else.