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The Importance of Training

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The Importance of Training

Priorslegh has for a long time had GP registrars in practice. Registrars are qualified doctors who have been working in a hospital but have now chosen the pathway of a GP.

The registrars are assigned to practices for either 6 or 12 months depending on where they are in their career.  At Priorslegh we have been very keen to encourage medical students into general practice. Why ? you may ask. Over the next 10 years there is going to be a shortage of GPs. With a growing elderly population and as the governments aim is to try and keep people in their own home as long as possible GPs will be in high demand.  Another step we are taking, to try and encourage doctors to come into general practice is by taking medical students.  We have successfully developed greater links with Manchester University and have medical students 3 days a week. Our aim is to give them a greater knowledge of how general practice works. Just recently we have had feedback from the University on how the Students we have had at the practice have found their placement.

  •     Keep it up, best GP placement ever!
  •     Everything was excellent. I would love to return to Priorslegh medical centre for another GP placement if I got the opportunity
  •     This placement is fantastic; all of the staff is incredibly welcoming. It's very organised; we were provided with a timetable on the first day mapping out the next 7 weeks which was quite nice. Also the doctors got us very involved with their consultations which really helped to improve history taking. Each week we highlighted something we wanted to learn that day and later had a tutorial on it.
  •     very good placement, would thoroughly recommend it

To receive comments like this gives me hope for the future of general practice and perhaps we have made an impression that will tempt the students to think of this as the career they want eventually.

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Telephone Triage - How does it work and what is it for?

Priorslegh Medical Centre has operated a telephone triage service for some time, for those not familiar with a triage system here is how it works:

  • If you have an emergency and need to speak to a clinician urgently please phone the surgery in the morning or after 130pm for an afternoon call back
  • Triage is for emergency queries only, that does not include medication request or sick note requests
  • You have to be available to come down to the surgery within 2-3 hours if needed. If you are going to work then it is not an emergency for telephone triage.
  • Your call will be triaged along with nearly 100 other calls in a morning and the same number of calls in the afternoon; this means we cannot give you a time you will be called back.
  • Triage does not always mean you have to come to the surgery, if a clinician feels they are happy discussing your condition with you over the phone they can do a prescription for you if needed and it can be ready to collect the same morning.

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