GPs are the Key to Supporting Community Care

06 March 2014

GPs are central to the community, that was the message from the Health Minister, Edwin Poots as he visited Donacloney GP surgery.

The Minister was visiting the surgery to look at the facilities and to see first-hand the provision of health and social services in a rural community setting.

The Minister said: “Today I have had the opportunity to see first-hand the vital work that GPs and their teams do in the frontline of health and social care services. GP’s are the clinicians closest to the patient in their community. They are best placed to understand the immediate and long term needs of individuals and in so doing, with the right course of action, can help reduce pressures across the whole health and social care spectrum.

“We have a growing and ageing population, a growth in chronic conditions, a growth in demand, and an over-reliance on hospital beds. All of this is set against a backdrop of economic and financial constraint and we need to think differently about how and where we deliver health and care services. We need to challenge out-of-date practices and maximise the use of our skills bases.

“GPs will be a key group in the transformation of how health services are provided closer to patients’ homes. They have a vital role in providing treatments that prevent unnecessary periods in hospital, improving overall quality of life.”

The Minister said that TYC is still the primary tool in delivering the change required to making Health and Social Care sustainable. He concluded saying: “I am confident that we are on the right path to developing a health and social care service which will be sustainable into the future – one which focuses on meeting the needs of our local communities and individual patients and service users. GP’s are central to this and I commend the work of this particular practice in Donacloney.”

Afterwards the Minister went on to visit Robin’s Nest Day Nursery in Lurgan. The Nursery is registered with the local Southern Health and Social Care Trust and caters for infants from six weeks old to primary school children.

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