GP case study: Acute Medicine
Dr Rod Fleming has been a GP for 20 years. He is a GP at Erskine Practice which is part of NHS Tayside Health Board. Immediate Phone Advice & Guidance has been available in this area since September 2018 and Dr Fleming uses the service to speak to local consultants at Ninewells Hospital.
Dr Fleming thinks that Phone Advice & Guidance is a good tool and says:
“I can directly call the appropriate consultant and it also frees up time for the hospital switchboard service.”
This is a better service than the methods he previously used to get Advice & Guidance, as these often included:
“bleeping the on-call consultant through switchboard.”
Dr Fleming recommends the service to other GPs, he says:
“It’s very useful to use to get advice on any patient who you think may or may not need an admission and/or who may benefit from a specialist opinion.”
We asked Dr Fleming to provide an example of when he used the Phone Advice & Guidance service to benefit a patient. Below is a recent example:
“I contacted the Acute Medicine consultant about a 27-year- old woman who presented with a one-week history of a flu-like illness with a dry cough, vomiting and left sided chest pain. She was noted to be pyrexial and tachycardic but had a normal sounding chest and normal O2 saturations. I suspected it was either a community acquired pneumonia or influenza and wanted to get an urgent CXR.”
How Phone A&G helped:
Dr Fleming used immediate Phone Advice & Guidance to speak to a local Acute Medicine Consultant who “agreed that if the patient attended hospital, they would look at the CXR on PACS and call the patient with the results.”
The patient was prescribed antibiotics in case of pneumonia. “The CXR did not show any initial changes though the radiologist did report signs of possible pneumonia. Using Phone Advice & Guidance meant the patient was managed in the community avoiding the need for a hospital appointment.”
We work with over 60 CCGs/Health Boards, 50 Hospitals, and 2,900 GP practices. Find out how we help them:
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.
A GP in South Warwickshire CCG avoids acute admission for a cancer patient by using Phone A&G from her local trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Patrick Davey is a Consultant Cardiologist on the National Consultant Network. He answers calls from GPs around the country such as Dr Andrew Ross - a GP in Lambeth.
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