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Surgery offers reduced services as workload gets too much

 Published on: 7th March 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A doctor’s surgery in Chalfont St Peter has cancelled some of the services it offers owing to workload pressures.

The Allan Practice, located in the Calcot Medical Centre on Hampden Road, has cancelled services including ear syringing and ECGs as they try and manage ever growing workloads.

Seven other Buckinghamshire GP surgeries are also reducing services.

The Allan Practice will continuing 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and spirometry, which helps monitor and diagnose lung conditions.

In a statement on their website The Allan Practice said: “In line with all other local practices, and due to increasing demand on our nursing services, we are no longer able to offer ear syringing at The Allan Practice.

“We have continued to offer ear syringing at the surgery for as long as possible, despite receiving no funding for the procedure.

“We wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused, but we are sure our patients will understand the need to prioritise both essential services and those that we are contracted to provide.”

A statement released by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it is “very aware” of the demands on GP practices, so reviews are being carried out across local healthcare providers.

CCG spokesman, Neil Phillips, said: “We hope to find a way forward with the eight practices in South Bucks that will help us to continue to meet the healthcare needs of our population as fully as possible.

“The services in question will still be able available to patients but possibly through other local providers.”

All of the services the surgeries requested to discontinue are: ear syringing, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, spirometry for diagnosis, ring pessary, PSA monitoring, MGUS monitoring and ECGs.

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