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‘Ending the 8am rush’: How new GP changes will impact you

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A new radical plan for the NHS is underway, which could improve access to primary health care for patients in Gedling borough.

For the first time in history, patients who need certain prescription medications – such as antibiotics – will be able to obtain them from a pharmacy, without seeing a GP.

This applies to seven common conditions including earache, sore throat and urinary tract infections.

Also, women will no longer need to speak to a practice nurse or GP to access oral contraception and will instead be able to pop into their local pharmacy for it.

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The new move aims to improve access to care, better support patients to manage their own health, and modernise general practice for future generations.

Why are these changes being made?

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he hopes the measures will help end the “all-too stressful wait” for appointments by freeing up 15 million slots at doctors’ surgeries over the next two years.

Sunak said: “I know how frustrating it is to be stuck on hold to your GP practice when you or a family member desperately need an appointment for a common illness.”

“We will end the 8am rush and expand the services offered by pharmacies, meaning patients can get their medication quickly and easily,” he added.

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According to the NHS, £645m will be invested over the next two years to boost staffing and resources under the new plan.

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