November 2013


It has been reported back that, on occasion, duty GPs have left the Service prior to the next GP arriving on site for their duty.

This can leave the Service short-handed for a period and whilst everyone is keen to finish their duty on time, the workload of the Service needs to be taken into consideration.

Of course the answer would be for all GPs to arrive on site on time for their duty start time but we realise that there may be rare exceptions when an in-coming might be delayed.

Also, when an in-coming duty GP fails to arrive on site and it is necessary to activate the Standby duty GP then it may take some time for the Standby GP to arrive on site and the out-going duty GP should remain on duty until the Standby arrives.

The duty fee of the delayed GP will be amended as appropriate.

Please remember the above when leaving your duty and take it into consideration

Urgent Care team & Osteoporosis Screening

The Urgent Care Team have informed that they will do FRAX scores on patient who have fallen. The message is as follows:

Gateshead Urgent Care Team has recognised that as part of their assessment of patients who have fallen, they could include osteoporosis risk.

As from April 2012 osteoporosis has been included in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) giving GP practices incentives for diagnosing and treating osteoporosis in their patients.

The Urgent Care Team will use the FRAX tool for this and if they do identify anyone at risk will put this on the concerns of their discharge letter for the GPs information.

The Urgent Care Team will not be able to refer patient for DXA scans or commence on any treatment. This will be for preventative measures only.

The Urgent Care Team will commence to include this risk assessment in the new year as the team need to have teaching in using the FRAX tool.

If you have any questions or concerns in connection to this please do not hesitate to contact