Update on primary care
Local GP surgeries are running additional clinics for Grenfell affected residents as a result of the increased needs, with longer appointments available of up to 30 minutes available if they are needed opposed to the standard 10 minutes.
The appointments are for anyone who feels they need help but, we are also calling in patients proactively. Those from the Tower, walkways, estates like Silchester and Bramley and residents from the wider North Kensington affected area.
Local GPs have designed a comprehensive patient review specific to those affected; looking for respiratory symptoms, checking for diabetes, weight, reviewing mental health well-being, drug and alcohol use, suicidal risk, social issues such as relationship break, gang involvement in teenagers, help with back to work, linking to third sector organisations such as Family Action.
A lot of these patients are extremely complex, with pre-existing mental and physical health needs prior to the Grenfell Tower fire. Some have been subject to torture or trafficking or may have just had a very difficult journey through life. All of this has been exacerbated by the tragedy. Such complex patients are also being helped with case managers within surgeries. Their main role is to help patients navigate services, health promotion and self care, for example, around diabetes which is huge in Notting Dale. They also raise issues with key workers where problems arise.
In addition, we have established a rapid access respiratory clinic at St Mary’s Hospital for anyone concerned about their breathing or people with a cough. They will be seen by a respiratory consultant who will carry out appropriate tests.
We would encourage all patients to contact their GP if they have any concerns about their health.
Out of hours GP access
GPs and practice nurses are available to people who need them in the West London CCG area at the weekend and on weekday evenings. To see a GP or practice nurse outside of usual office hours, contact your registered practice or call 111 to book an appointment.