GP case study: Vascular Surgery
Dr Steven Edgar (MB ChB MRCGP) works at Millbrook Surgery – a training practice in Somerset – and has been a GP for 10 years. The surgery has 5,000 patients and serves Castle Cary and the areas surrounding it. He uses the Yeovil District Hospital Telephone Advice & Guidance service, which is funded by Somerset CCG and delivered by Consultant Connect.
Dr Edgar prefers to access the service via the Consultant Connect App:
“When using the app, I don’t forget to provide feedback. It’s straightforward to do this. I don’t need to remember/find the numbers. I can see which services are currently open which changes day to day and by time of day. Other than that, it has the same effect as using a landline phone, it’s just a better way of getting going.”
Dr Edgar highly values the app and recommends it to other GPs. He writes that: “The app has helped me get the information I need to make better decisions for my patients, less time hanging on for switchboard and leaving messages with secretaries.”
Below is an example of when a recent clinical issue regarding a patient with potential Peripheral Vascular Disease prompted Dr Edgar to use the app.
“I suspected a patient was developing Peripheral Vascular Disease but wasn’t sure. Measurements at the surgery had been done and were suspicious so I wanted to order further investigations but wasn’t sure which or if admission was needed. I went on the app and contacted the vascular surgical team who suggested that they would do all the investigations in a one stop shop vascular clinic as needed so admission wasn’t necessary unless things got worse and a routine clinic referral was made.”
How Phone A&G (via the app) helped:
“The patient avoided unnecessary admission and investigation and had a more convenient one stop shop review which confirmed the diagnosis.” Dr Edgar also added that “the patient was very glad to not have to be admitted to hospital.”
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Dr Mo Sahebjalal, a consultant on the National Consultant Network, answers a Phone Advice & Guidance call, avoiding an unnecessary referral for a 75-year-old patient with a rash.
Keith Dickinson, a paramedic at the Scottish Ambulance Service, describes how he uses Phone Advice & Guidance to speak to consultants at Ninewells Hospital at NHS Tayside Health Board.
A GP in Southwark CCG uses Photo Advice & Guidance to get immediate A&G from the Dermatology Team at his local trust for a patient with a facial rash not responding to treatment.
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