University Health Service Richard Verney Health Centre, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL

Handling of requests for investigations and treatment

GP practices are increasingly being asked to undertake work for NHS secondary care teams and for private providers. This additional workload puts added pressure onto practices. This affects many members of the practice team; GP time is required to review letters and results, nursing team time to obtain samples and reception and admin staff are involved in booking appointments and giving out results.

At the University Health Service (UHS) we have agreed the following when handling requests for monitoring and prescribing, taking into account the British Medical Association (BMA) guidance:

Please see here for more information.