A minor illness clinic

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Ms Wray is now implementing a minor illness clinic Ms Wray is now implementing a nurse-led minor illness clinic in a nearby practice

Minor illness matters. It matters to patients, who attend 57 million GP consultations a year for minor illness.1 This is despite minor illnesses being commonly defined as a wide range of self-limiting conditions, normally managed through self-care.2

Therefore, minor illness matters to general practice. If not handled well, workloads can be unmanageable and affect the reputation of the practice.3

In turn, minor illness matters to the whole NHS. The lack of same-day appointments for urgent care in general practice impacts the rest of the system, by driving people towards A&E departments and avoidable hospital admissions.3

GP shortages, an increased demand from patients due to an ageing population, rising patient expectations and the shift of care from hospitals to the community mean nurse-led minor illness clinics can play a key role in managing demand for same-day appointments.4


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I work as a nurse practitioner in a GP surgery myself and another N/P run a minor illness clinic daily alongside the duty team triage calls and appointments system. Some of our appointments are pre bookable with the rest being released on the day. It captures all the sore throats,coughs, conjunctivitis rashes etc and works very well, we are both prescribers. It is nice to have the back up of the duty doctor in case anything that isnt a minor illness sneaks in, but the receptionists have a list of conditions that should be in minor illness so this rarely happens.
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