While it is very likely that GP practices will face an uplift in demand for appointments once lockdown restrictions are lifted, and the initial COVID-19 crisis eases, the patient: clinician interaction is changing fast.
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The pros and cons of remote working have been in discussion for years. While some organisations have been able to offer employees a more flexible work/life balance, within the NHS patient expectations regarding face-to-face consultations have challenged any significant change in working practice. People expect to see a GP and that direct contact has always been a fundamental component of the clinician: patient relationship.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a continually evolving situation, and advice is changing all the time around video consultations. NHS Digital is focused on the national position, while NHS organisations are also mobilising resources.
Growing numbers of practices are turning to SMS text messaging to improve patient communication, reduce the pressure on reception staff and, critically, minimise the chances of patients with Covid 19 symptoms from arriving at the surgery.
Now, patients in England have more choice with which online service they use. They can either download the new NHS App or the existing Patient Services.
We’re delighted to announce an exciting new partnership between Elemental Software and Vision. The partnership is set to make it even easier for GPs using Vision, to refer patients to social prescribing hubs in their local areas and track the impact of the referral.
You can now share templates with other GP practices for consistent care across GP networks. And help improve healthcare service reporting too.
Flu season is one of the busiest times of the year at GP practices. Save time and money during seasonal vaccinations - and improve clinical safety too.