Primary Care: 3 key reboot opportunities

Published: 30th June 2020
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? Read on to watch his video update.

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;

  1. “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)”
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.”

 

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