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Out of Hours Service

PLEASE NOTE: ALL GPS WISHING TO WORK WITHIN NHS SCOTLAND ARE REQUIRED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PERFORMERS LIST OF THE HEALTH BOARD THEY ARE CURRENTLY PROVIDING SERVICES

Dear Colleague

GG&C Out of Hours Service continues to provide a very high standard of care to patients when GP practices are not available.

This is only possible due to the dedication and professionalism of all staff, clinical and non clinical, who work in the service.

Such a high quality service is only sustainable if we continue to staff our service to an appropriate level.

It is well publicised that GPs are busier than ever by day and the thought of doing an out of hours session may be further from your mind.

However, your patients need first class care out of hours as they deserve it. You too need the Out of Hours Service to be able to offer first class care and be able to resolve issues which present during the out of hours period and thus avoid such issues becoming an in-hours problem.

GPs have always been supportive of the service and many of you feel a professional responsibility to contribute to the service. This is very much appreciated.

We have prepared an induction pack which, with this letter, we hope will make venturing back into the out of hours environment a smoother process for those considering taking the plunge.

Patients present with the same conditions as we see in daytime practice.

Most of us who do work out of hours find the job professionally rewarding.

Attached to this correspondence is an application form.

The process would be for you to contact us at [email protected] indicating that you wish to apply.

If you are a GG&C general practitioner we would ask that you send us your details. This would be followed by a telephone interview – or face to face if needed – with me.

Following a successful interview we would arrange Adastra training (IT software – takes 30-60 minutes), educate you on how to bid for sessions (10 minutes) and you can then work with us as often or seldom as you wish.

If requested we can arrange for you to work alongside a colleague in a “shadowing” capacity initially to allow you to gain confidence.

We do need your support to continue to provide a safe and effective service and I encourage you to consider signing up for a session or two.

The pay rates rise considerably over the festive period which is busy though well staffed and well rewarded.

We are happy for doctors to sign up for part of a shift if the current shifts are too long (range from 4 - 8.5 hours).

We need to be flexible to encourage you to help so feel free to contact me to discuss.

As always a very sincere thank you to the 400+ GPs who work with us on a regular basis. Your dedication and professionalism is very much appreciated.


Yours faithfully

 

Dr Keith McIntyre
Clinical Director