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Success Stories Showcase: Reducing did not attends (DNAs)

DNAs are undoubtedly a big problem for GP practices. More than 10 million GP appointments are lost to DNAs each year, according to the GPC, while surveys conducted by the likes of GPonline suggest the figure could be as high as 14 million. While DNAs can have positives – some practitioners argue that a DNA

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To be an appointment or not to be!

A full-time (9 sessions per week) GP might offer 135 appointments per week  based on a 10-minute consultation. This is a personal view of why there are never enough appointments. Have you ever thought about how many appointments have been lost in your practice over the years? It’s quite complicated and for both new and

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Are Telephone Consultations replacing Face-to-Face Consultations?

As GP practices battle to provide an adequate number of face-to-face appointments, I was wondering if other forms of consultation are on the increase. I spotted recently a notice in my local surgery which declared that almost one third of consultations in July had been carried out on the telephone. This amounted to a remarkable

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Top tips to help PMs manage practice appointments

Top tips to help PMs manage practice appointments

(Time to read: 6 minutes) A discussion thread on the Practice Index Forum has once again brought to the fore the hot topic of how GP practices balance pre-bookable and on-the-day appointments. The discussion – click here to access it – makes for interesting reading, with different practices utilising different appointment splits, many of which

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NEWS: GP leaders set out online service questions

Patients thinking of using online GP services should ask themselves a series of key questions, according to the Royal College of GPs. The advice comes as some online GP services have begun providing NHS services and has enabled patients to sign up with an online provider as their NHS practice. The college’s first question for patients

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NEWS: Outpatient appointments ready to go fully electronic

A new NHS electronic outpatient system should halve the number of missed appointments in England and save at least £50 million, developers say. The NHS e-Referral service (e-RS) will be introduced from 1 October 2018 that will enable patients to book or alter appointments online, using a mobile phone or tablet. The switch to electronic

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Appointments – How to manage chaos!

Appointments – How to manage chaos!

By Robert Campbell Have you ever attended an NHS out-patient department and wondered why there are so many people waiting? Have you ever been seen on time? Well, to be fair, sometimes I have. As you know, it’s all very well telling GPs to keep to ten-minute appointments but no one plays by such ‘rules’,

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