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'Growing pressure' on Bucks' GP services

Health - Doctor

Published by Dan Gooding at 3:21pm 23rd May 2018.

Four times more people will be living in Buckinghamshire's most-deprived areas by 2031, putting more pressure on GP services.

So what can be done?

A County Council report, being looked at today (Tuesday) covers the options.

In Aylesbury alone, over 101,390 people are using the town's seven GP surgeries.

But the pressure is growing, both from older people and more living in deprived areas.

Some new developments will bring more surgeries, but health bosses are looking at other ways to cope.

One idea is to expand the 'hub' system brought in in Thame and Marlow.

Effectively these are places where ongoing conditions, mental health problems and urgent care can all be managed.

The hope is that we'd see more people using these, instead of relying on GP appointments.

Current potential sites for more 'hubs' include Buckingham and Amersham.

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