In April 2020, Dr David Griffiths, practising GP and Medical Director of Consultant Connect wrote this blog article: Business as Unusual?
How does he feel things have changed since he wrote his blog article? Here’s his video update:
In a nutshell, Dr Griffiths thinks;
- “There is a massive opportunity for greater use of remote Advice & Guidance, including for: Long Term Condition patients (reducing referrals or re-referrals, more Patient Initiated Follow Ups – PIFUs)”
- “Dermatology is a specialty which excels at Advice & Guidance The consultants are usually highly pragmatic and very helpful. As I carry out more and more remote consultations, I have forwarded photos from patients direct to the local consultants for review several times recently. Getting the photo right first time will be a huge help that’s why I share the ‘How to take the best photos for teledermatology’ with my patients.”
- “Caring for patients with mental health issues is a huge part of the role of a GP and also one of the most challenging. I mentioned in my April blog, the psychological consequences of COVID are likely to be significant and, I am starting to see this in patients. It can be extremely helpful to verbally discuss complex mental health cases with a specialist. I am sure that GPs will be making regular use of Mental Health Advice & Guidance in areas that have this valuable resource available.”