'Growing pressure' on Bucks' GP services

Health - Doctor

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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H Sharp
H Sharp, on 24th May 2018 7:18am
The CCG have been raising concerns about the pressure the massive number of new housing developments are placing on existing surgeries on planning apps. Why have those approving so much new development not been listening? Its not just surgeries. Traffic congestion, air quality, hospital resources and school place availability are impacted too
Dawnie64
Dawnie64, on 24th May 2018 8:47am
Your right. Every time we say anything about infrastructure to planninng it is ignored. The hospitals are too small. Stoke for example sold a lot of land on site for housing and is at full capacity most of the time meaning people are shipped to other hospitals miles away. The roads cant cope and gp surgeries cant deliver a good service because of the volume of people. The drains flood as it is and most of these developments are on fields and flood plains. We need infastructure first.

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