Why go for a private GP over an NHS GP?
This is a question lots of people may ask. Since the inception of the NHS in 1948, we have been accustomed to having our own GP who we could call on whenever we needed. Since then, the NHS has changed beyond all recognition and GPs are currently providing far more care than they ever did and hospitals are handing over increasing amounts of care to GPs. If you had diabetes 20 years ago, you would have regular appointments at the hospital to manage your condition. Now, most diabetic care takes place in primary care with Practice nurses and GPs. Previously, if you had an operation, you would go back to hospital to have your stitches removed, now most often you will see your GP surgery for this. General physicians in the hospital used to look after people who had multiple medical problems now this is done predominantly by your GP.
The UK has a smaller number of GPs per head than other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development) countries. These GPs receive about £155 in funding per patient per year. Traditional funding was based on most people requiring 4 appointments per year with their GP. Whilst some of you may not have seen your GP in years, some patients may have up to 4 appointments in a week and as the UK population ages more people need to see their doctor more often.
GP practices were under considerable train prior to the pandemic, but since the pandemic, this has worsened. Many GPs and practice staff have been off work with illness themselves further limiting the number of appointments available.
How Summerfield Healthcare can help get you a doctor’s appointment through our private GP service
Lots of people may have seen a specialist privately but the thought of seeing a GP privately may feel unusual. Just like most specialists who work in the private sector Summerfield Healthcare’s GPs all have experience of working as GPs in the NHS and often still do. Just as hospitals have waiting lists most GPs will have to wait for routine appointments. Seeing a private GP can shorten the time you have to wait for an appointment. Whilst not having access to your NHS notes the Summerfield GP can still request blood tests, investigations like scans and x-rays, provide letters to refer you to a specialist or give you a fit note.
If you are struggling to get an appointment for a cancer screening or to get a boxing medical, you can go and book one straight away with Summerfield Healthcare’s specific private GP services. For any questions about how to book a private GP appointment with us, please contact our team today.