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Digital First for GP practices

by timpickstone on 24 June, 2020

Patients in Bury are now able to make online visits to their GP and receive advice and support virtually as more practices roll out new technology.

The new digital technology allows patients to request help from their GP practice by completing a short form online, which will then be assessed by a practice clinician to offer the right care, including a telephone or video appointment, or referral to other services or self-care.

Currently 77% of people in Bury are now able to access online consultations, with more practices set to rollout the technology to support their patients soon.

Dr Sanjay Kotegaonkar, Clinical Lead for Information Management and Technology at NHS Bury CCG, said: “The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the need for more digital solutions to allow our patients to access care and support from general practice. The feedback we have received from patients, GPs and practice staff has been overwhelmingly positive and has already had vast benefits for patient care and the healthcare system. We are committed to supporting practices to implement this new technology and ensure that all patients in Bury are cared for during COVID-19 and beyond.”

NHS Bury CCG are being supported during the rollout through a GM digital primary care support package using the skills, expertise and resources from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Health Innovation Manchester and GM Shared Services.

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