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GP Practices across the region have joined together to launch a campaign, calling for people to understand the many changes within General Practice and be kind to our staff. Our very own Dr Poskitt has been part of this:

The #HumansOfGeneralPractice campaign urges people to be more understanding, considerate and kind to their GP Practice team and understand the many changes introduced within GP Practices to help people get the care they need.

The campaign has been created by GP practices across the region who are part of the BRIDGES Group (Humber, Coast and Vale) which is part of NHS Collaborate, a national, supportive community of leaders across Primary Care.

Not only have GP practices stepped up to support the biggest NHS Vaccination Programme in history, they now face unprecedented staffing shortages due to high numbers of Covid-related absence.

There’s a lot more that people can do to help themselves and GP Practices are asking people to ‘work with us, understand all these changes and be on our side’.

People are being urged to:

  • Think before they ring
    • Get to know how to go online to request appointments or ask a question
    • Download the NHS App to order prescriptions, view their records and so on.
  • Understand that they don’t always need to see a doctor
    • Advanced practitioners, nurses, healthcare assistants and pharmacists are also part of the team
  • Take personal responsibility for their own health, where possible
    • Try self-care  – taking over the counter medications where possible and using to look for healthcare advise
    • Use a pharmacist – most pharmacists provide healthcare advice and many will also prescribe medication where needed
  •  Be polite and respectful – abuse of NHS staff is not acceptable. Please bear in mind that our teams are doing the best job possible under emended pressure, so please be kind and considerate towards them.