Because we operate at a local level, our staff and clinicians have local knowledge and long-established links with other healthcare providers in the area. They can collaborate with them to create a complete healthcare plan. For example, a patient may require a home visit by a district nurse (rather than going to A&E) or referral to a support team (rather than being admitted into hospital).
I like to think local doctors have a unique understanding of what local patients need and what services there are. For example, an elderly patient may be assisted by a district nurse or a community team that could prevent admission into hospital.
Dr Michael Uti – GP Board Director SELDOC