From the 1st of April 2015, the practice is required under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP. If you don't know who is your named GP, please ask from reception. If you want to change your named GP, please ask reception staff. Please be aware that this does not affect your ability to make an appointment with any of the GPs in the Practice of your choosing.
Will practices have to write to patients to tell them their named GP?
There is no requirement to write to any patients regarding their named GP. Practices are required to inform patients of their named GP at the next appropriate interaction and it is for practices to decide what is appropriate.
If you need input from a variety of health professionals, then you can discuss these with the named GP if you wish. Alternatively you can discuss these with any of the other doctors.
Having a named GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor.
The named GP will not:
· Be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to the patient.
· Take on responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals
· Take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient’s health, or have to change their working hours.
· Having a named GP does not imply personal availability of that GP throughout the working week.