Why Should I See A GP First?

Why Should I See a GP First?

A GP is a general practitioner who acts as a springboard for all your health concerns, mental or physical. A GP can assess and signpost a patient to appropriate specialist services as well as dispensing medicines for more minor issues. Some GP surgeries even offer minor surgical procedures. A GP should always be your first port of call. If you are looking for a rapid GP appointment then why not use PTMD’s private GP service in Bromsgrove or private GP service in Droitwich..

What are the reasons for an urgent GP appointment?

It’s easy to think that GPs are not there for emergencies or to deal with urgent matters. However, sometimes people need to see their GP urgently and most GP surgeries keep ‘on the day’ appointments via an access or drop-in clinic for this purpose. Some of the reasons for an urgent GP appointment might include:

  • An infection which is untreated and getting worse or an infection which has not responded to treatment
  • A mental health issue or concern which means that person may be a danger to themselves
  • A high fever and skin rash
  • Uncontrollable pain
  • Disorientation and/or confusion
  • Any pregnancy worries or unexpected issues

This list is not exhaustive and most medical receptionists will try and evaluate what the reason is for an appointment to redirect the caller if necessary to a more appropriate location, such as the Accident and Emergency department at their local hospital. Some practices will offer ‘nurse first’ appointments with a prescribing nurse who can prescribe if needed; this takes some of the pressure off the GP’s workload and they can always refer the patient through to a doctor if they feel it is necessary.

If you are struggling to obtain an appointment with your GP then you could use a private service which will have available appointment times and longer operating hours than a regular surgery. PTMD have a private GP service in Bromsgrove and a private GP service in Droitwich enabling you to access a GP quickly and easily at a time to suit your lifestyle and commitments. You can find out more about this service on our website.    https://www.pharmacytomydoor.co.uk/