Health leaders in Southend say more GP appointments would be available for patients in the borough with a genuine need if local pharmacists were used more often for minor ailments. NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group and the Essex Local Pharmaceutical Committee both say a better use of pharmacists would reduce pressure on GPs.
Patients across Southend are being asked to help reduce pressure on GP practices by making sure they cancel their GP appointment if they no longer need it.
The request comes as the borough’s Patient Participation Group Forum has been investigating “Did Not Attend” (DNA) figures at each practice. DNAs are missed appointments.