GP Practices have remained open during the whole of the COVID-19 pandemic and are busier than ever; with consultations figures in March showing that GPs are delivering 1 million appointments a week more than pre-pandemic levels.
A range of ways to speak to your GP now exist, from e-consults via practice websites, to video or phone consultations or face to face appointments which have always been offered to those that need to see someone, throughout the pandemic.
If you need to contact a GP, please do not go into the surgery in person. You can:
Your GP surgery will then give you advice about what to do.
A phone or video call with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional may be booked for you. You’ll be asked to visit the surgery for a face to face appointment and assessment if that is needed.
The safety of patients and our staff is hugely important and this may mean – depending on the GP Surgery building constraints and waiting room size – that practical arrangements are in place that look and feel different to what you are used to pre-COVID. This is to ensure that social distancing and infection control measures can be adhered to, for the safety of all.
Your GP surgery may be very busy at the moment, so you may have to wait longer than usual to speak to someone if it’s not urgent. Please #BeKind to our Primary Care teams who are working very hard in difficult circumstances to make sure you are seen by the right person at the right time.
You can find contact information about all of the North Tyneside GP Practices here.