GP surgeries face challenge of increased demand head-on

GP practices across Gloucestershire have continued to embrace new ways of working to ensure the needs of patients can be met well into the future.

They have grouped themselves into 16 GP ‘clusters’ so they can work more closely together, be more resilient and provide a wider range of services in their communities.

In many areas, other health professionals are working in GP surgeries, providing expert support and freeing up GP time. This includes paramedics, physiotherapists, mental health staff and more than 40 clinical pharmacists.

Signs are that this is making a real difference in surgeries with GP time being freed up to spend with patients who have chronic long term health conditions.