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DIY doctors set to slash wait times in Crawley

It has been revealed that 23% of people in Crawley are waiting longer than two weeks to get seen by a GP – with thousands waiting over a month for an appointment.

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Recent NHS figures suggest that 56% of residents in the town were not offered a choice of time or date for their appointment, and six in ten did not get a same-day appointment with a GP.

44% of people in Crawley find it difficult to get through to their practice by phone, and 23% of people in town described the experience of booking a GP appointment as poor.

The new report comes from Medicspot, a digital health company hoping to put an end to the wait in Crawley by allowing doctors to perform remote examinations using equipment operated by the patient.

This new initiative allows doctors to listen to a patient’s heart and lungs, look into their ears and throat, and take their vitals including blood pressure, oxygen levels and body temperature – all without needing to be in the same room.

Dr Zubair Ahmed, Co-founder of Medicspot, says:

“In light of these figures, we hope our service will offer a convenient alternative for people in Crawley and help ease some of the pressures the NHS is facing.

“Longer wait times lead to more strain on an already struggling NHS. When patients are forced to wait weeks to see a GP, they often end up waiting for hours at A&E”, Dr Ahmed explains.

A national survey of patients who have used the new service revealed 40% of respondents would have gone to accident and emergency if they didn’t use Medicspot – generating a £1.2 million saving for the NHS.

This saving comes after news A&E waiting times have hit the worst level on record, with one in six patients waiting more than 4 hours and warnings that patients are about to endure one of the bleakest winters in NHS history.

Medicspot is already available in over 250 pharmacies across the UK, where patients pay £39 for a same-day GP consultation. The company plans to bring the service to pharmacies across Crawley early next year.

While the majority of Medicspot patients are comfortable operating the equipment themselves, a trained pharmacist is always available for those who need help.

The full report from Medicspot is available online at https://www.medicspot.co.uk/reports/gp-report-2019.

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Crawley community winner is runner up in BBC Heroes Award

A local resident who was a winner in this years community awards has scooped a runners up place with the BBC Heroes Awards.

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The awards ceremony took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Crawley earlier this week.

Jane Green, the local 2019 Crawley Community Hero winner was nominated and shortlisted from 280 applicants across Sussex, Surrey and NE Hamps.

There were just three finalists and Jane finished as runner-up.  

Delighted with her achievement she said she had no idea about the ‘amazing and yet vast reach’ of the event.  

She said:

“The actual individual stories about the inspiring individual or in some case teams brought tears to the eyes.”

Dame Judi Dench gave a wonderful message to the inspiration Winner, cyclist Patrick McIntosh.  

Jane was and is a carer for her children with medical needs and eldest who is autistic.  She also cares for her elderly parents.  

She has worked helping children and adults with SEND professionally and voluntarily.  

After becoming disabled she dedicated herself to helping those with medically unexplained symptoms that were often ignored and also disabled.

She helps Carers Support West Sussex as a Truste and also volunteers for the national EDS UK Support charity and runs SEDS, Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Support and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder with positive activities in Sussex.  

Advocating  for #actuallyautistic people in north Sussex and those with visible and invisible disabilities and conditions she ensures that from social care to health,  to transport needs at Gatwick there is ’nothing about us without us’.

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