NHS to roll out GP group appointments for up to 15 patients

06 October 2018 – Sky News

Group sessions with people dealing with comparable conditions are seeming to be beneficial to patients and saving the NHS money and time.

Group consultations at GP surgeries will be rolled out after doctors offering shared appointments said they had received “very positive feedback”.

Appointments with up to 15 people with the same condition was trialled at dozens of GP surgeries in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Berkshire.

The two-hour sessions were said to be effective at dealing with a variety of health issues such as diabetes, arthritis and obesity.

The group appointments are typically led by admin staff or healthcare assistants, with doctors expected to attend for around an hour to discuss tests and treatments.

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