Scottish GPs approve new contract

Scottish GPs approve new contract

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London rolls out additional evening and weekend GP appointments

London rolls out additional evening and weekend GP appointments

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Scottish BMA meeting endorses new GP contract

Scottish BMA meeting endorses new GP contract

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NHS England to press ahead with curbs on prescribing items with little evidence base

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New primary care guidance for commissioners issued

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  • Scottish GPs approve new contract

    Scottish GPs approve new contract

    Monday, 22 January 2018 15:00
  • London rolls out additional evening and weekend GP appointments

    London rolls out additional evening and weekend GP appointments

    Monday, 18 December 2017 14:22
  • Scottish BMA meeting endorses new GP contract

    Scottish BMA meeting endorses new GP contract

    Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:05
  • NHS England to press ahead with curbs on prescribing items with little evidence base

    NHS England to press ahead with curbs on prescribing items with little evidence base

    Friday, 01 December 2017 10:32
  • New primary care guidance for commissioners issued

    New primary care guidance for commissioners issued

    Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:54

a scottish flag image cbNovember 1 2017

Around 850,00 patients contacted out of hours (OOH) care services in primary care in Scotland in 2016-17. Over the year, this generated approximately 950,000 patient consultations involving attendance at primary care emergency centres, home visits and/or GP advice.

Annual data published by Information Services Division of NHS Scotland indicates that:

  • the most common age groups of patients requiring OOH primary care services were children under 5, women in their twenties and people aged 75 and over;
  • home visits accounted for 1 in 5 (183,000) of contacts with OOH primary care services;
  • among those aged 75 and over, 59% of the patients received a home visit;
  • for just over half of patients, treatment was completed following contact with OOH primary care services;
  • just over 3% of contacts resulted in a referral to A&E or minor injuries unit.

ISD Scotland notes that A&E services have more attendances than OOH primary care services during the summer, “probably as a result of longer days and greater risk of injuries. During the winter months and months with public holidays there are more OOH primary care contacts.”

In addition, “OOH primary care services see a larger increase in contacts during four day public holiday weekends than A&E Services.”

Links:
ISD Scotland publications ‘Out of Hours Primary Care Services in Scotland’             
ISD Scotland ‘Out of Hours Primary Care Services in Scotland’ summary   

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