Southampton GPs are on TARGET for another successful training session as they join together for city-wide training.
The next session is on Wednesday 14 September 2016, and patients are reminded that all GP practices in the city will be closed in the afternoon to allow TARGET to take place.
TARGET – Time for Audit, Research, Governance, Education and Training – gives GPs and practice nurses an essential opportunity to meet every two months to update their skills, learn about new treatments and share good practice.
Dr Sue Robinson, Shirley GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "We are endeavouring to ensure that there is as little disruption to patients as possible and would like to remind local people of the other health services available such as 111, the local Minor Injuries Unit and pharmacies in the city."
Anyone needing medical help or advice can call 111 first and the advisors can find the right local health service for you. 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Dr Robinson added: "We have arranged a special GP service which is available throughout the afternoon, which can be contacted by phoning 111. Patients will be able to see a GP if necessary, and should not go to the Emergency Department unless it is a genuine accident or emergency".
The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at the Royal South Hants Hospital will also be open as normal and can help adults and children with injuries such as sprains, fractures, minor cuts, wounds and burns. No appointment necessary, opening hours are Monday-Friday 7.30am-10.00pm, weekends and Bank Holidays 8.00am-10.00pm (last patient accepted at 9.30pm).
Your local pharmacy is also a great source of expert advice for many minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throats or skin rashes, or if you have a question about your medication. With many pharmacies in the city open during the evening, they can offer advice and let you know if you do need further treatment.
Dr Robinson concluded: "We have been running TARGET for two years now and are continuing to work hard to ensure local patients are aware that practices will be closed for one afternoon every two months. It really does help for all practice staff to come together to update our knowledge and discuss new ideas, for the benefit of all patients in the city.
"I'd like to again thank our patients for their continued understanding."