Busy time for lo­cal doc­tor-on-call over Christ­mas

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

THEY are the doc­tors you turn to when ev­ery­one else is gone home for the day, and NEDOC (North East Doc­tor On Call) had a very busy Christ­mas and New Year in 2018.

From Fri­day 21st De­cem­ber un­til 2nd Jan­uary, the out of hours GP ser­vice man­aged over 5,300 con­tacts from pa­tients, of which al­most 3,600 (67%) were seen via ap­point­ment in their treat­ment cen­tres, and 1,340 (25%) were man­aged with nurse ad­vice, and a fur­ther 240 pa­tients were seen at home. The num­ber of pa­tients seen by GPs in the cen­tres was on a par with 2017 con­sul­ta­tions when the ser­vice re­ceived over 6,000 con­tacts from pa­tients.

Over Christ­mas days (24th-27th De­cem­ber) NEDOC re­ceived 1,240 calls, of which 840 (68%) were seen in treat­ment cen­tres; 300 were triaged by nurses (24%); 30 were triaged by doc­tors (2%) and 72 pa­tients were seen at home (5%).

Christ­mas Day saw 206 pa­tients seen in the four treat­ment cen­tres (76 in Na­van, 54 in Drogheda, 39 in Ca­van and 40 in Blaney) and St Stephen’s Day 474 pa­tients from the hours of 8am un­til Mid­night, with Drogheda al­most 150. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day were also busy as the ser­vice man­aged over 700 calls, with 460 pa­tient seen in the cen­tre be­tween New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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