Friday, March 21, 2014

Option of GP practice pilot popular among young commuters and patients moving home

A new research conducted at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has brought forward that the pilot scheme that allows patients to visit GPs outside that is the area they are putting in, is quite popular among the young commuters and also the people who have moved out but did not willing to change their GP. The Department of Health's Choice of GP pilot scheme was started in April 2012 for a year. It began with volunteer practices at four places that is Westminster, Salford, Manchester and Nottingham City. Under this scheme the patients can register with the pilot practice as an ‘out of area’ patient. The lead author Professor Nicholas Mays from the Policy Innovation Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, explains, “While demand for the pilot was modest, our evaluation found that patients had positive views of the scheme because, for example, they didn't need to take time off work to visit a GP or they were able to continue care with a doctor they had a longstanding relationship with after they moved house.”

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