HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● WITH Dr Paul Bowen, GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) A GOOD friend of mine is a GP in Mac­cles­field and re­cently told me how amazed a newly reg­is­tered pa­tient from Lon­don was with the level of ser­vice he re­ceived here in East­ern Cheshire.

Not only was he im­pressed with the wait­ing time for an ‘emer­gency ap­point­ment’ – less than 24 hours – but also the fact that his blood test and heart trac­ing (ECG) could be car­ried out in the surgery and that med­i­ca­tions can be or­dered on­line.

He was as­tounded that the GP knew the lo­cal con­sul­tant and they had dis­cussed his case af­ter his ap­point­ment.

For many lo­cal pa­tients, and doc­tors, this is some­thing we have grown ac­cus­tomed to, but we must not as­sume this level of ac­cess and qual­ity of lo­cal pri­mary care is uni­ver­sally avail­able.

Most lo­cal prac­tices have di­a­betes, asthma and other long term con­di­tion clin­ics, which can carry out all man­ner of pro­ce­dures on site, and of­fer a level of ac­cess to ser­vice other parts of the UK as­pire to. This is backed up by lo­cal Ip­sos MORI sur­vey re­sults.

The ex­tra mile East­ern Cheshire GPs go to has for long gone un­recog­nised, and un­re­warded.

Now, the CCG is to in­vest £2 mil­lion in pri­mary care to en­sure eq­uity of ac­cess to ser­vices across East­ern Cheshire and en­able the area’s 23 GP prac­tices to pro­vide a wider range of ser­vices to help peo­ple stay well and to re­duce hospi­tal ad­mis­sions.

Ex­am­ples of ser­vices that might be pro­vided in­clude clin­ics to tackle obe­sity and stop peo­ple de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes.

In ad­di­tion, NHS England, which pays for GPs to de­liver core health care ser­vices in East­ern Cheshire, has con­ducted a na­tional re­view of gen­eral

●● Dr Paul Bowen

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