The Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, while hugely successful, has had a significant impact on GP services. In addition, preparation is underway to deliver both flu and Covid-19 booster vaccinations. As well as this, GP services are experiencing ongoing staff shortages due to sickness and Covid-19 isolation.
To protect everyone, meet increased demand from winter illnesses and deal with the back log general practice will continue to work differently for some time to come.
General Practice has evolved over the pandemic and this new way of working has many benefits. You can now access your GP practice via telephone appointments, video consultations, E-consult as well as face-to-face appointments and home visits. You may find the alternatives are more convenient and may not have to take time off work.