Advice line launched for GPs at Scunthorpe General Hospital
A new advice line is being launched at Scunthorpe General Hospital for GPs who want advice on obstetrics and gynaecology cases.
From Monday April 1 GPs in North Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire will be able to call and speak to a consultant about anything from medication to how to manage conditions and whether their patients need referring to hospital.
Should the on-call consultant be unavailable because they have been called to an emergency, GPs can leave a message and then be called back.
Mr Lawrence Roberts, consultant and clinical director of maternity and gynaecology at the Trust, said: "This will really help to improve the communication between local GPs and consultants at the hospital. It will ensure we are receiving all the information we require when patients are referred and that referrals are made where it is appropriate."
The advice line will be open from 5.30pm-7pm Monday to Friday on a trial basis.
Dr Patricia Webster, a GP based at the Winterton Medical Practice, said: "I'm sure this will be useful for all GPs and especially those of us who see a lot of female patients. In the past I've always been able to ring Mr Roberts and he's been very approachable and helpful but this service will be a more official route for advice.
"Direct advice from a consultant will reassure me that I'm doing the right thing and it will help prevent unnecessary referrals and therefore unnecessary anxiety for the patient. It's a great idea that I'm sure will be valued and appreciated."