A community GP is developing new ways of working with community teams, providing advice over the phone or making same-day visits. The role aims to enhance the quality of care provided, reduce inappropriate hospital admissions and reduce contacts with surgeries for requests of advice or home visits. The community GP also has a focus on care home residents and the frail elderly at home.

The community GP role is being carried out by Dr Anna Percival who links in with a number of community services including single point of access, care homes service, acute home visiting service and community matrons. The advice provided, for example medication reviews or care package discussions, builds confidence in the local teams and eliminates any need to take the patient’s GP out of surgery. The guidance and support provided by the community GP often enables a patient to be seen and treated at home rather than in hospital.

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