As you may be aware, Solva Surgery has been a single-handed Practice for some time, led by Dr Sujan Dhaduvai with locum support. From June 2017 – April 2018, St. David’s was also a single-handed Practice under Dr Ingrid Kauschinger, with support from locum GPs – however, we were lucky to recruit a second GP, Dr Stephen Riley, at St David’s from April 2018.
As with very many other surgeries locally, regionally and nationally, both Practices have found recruiting a new GP more difficult than ever before. This is down to a number of complex factors including fewer young GPs wanting to take on the responsibilities and business liabilities of partnership, falling incomes in smaller rural Practices and record numbers of GPs leaving the profession. Workload pressures are mounting on the doctors who remain.
In order to protect important services, St David’s and Solva Surgeries have agreed a number of measures to collaborate and provide mutual support. This includes some cross-cover between the practices, including evenings between 6-6.30pm.
This means that from June 2017, St David’s and Solva Surgeries will share the handling of urgent requests for a GP between 6-6.30pm on weeknights. Patients who need to speak to a GP urgently between these times should phone their Practice as normal and your call will be handled as normal in your own Practice or referred on to the GP in the other Practice, depending on who is on duty that evening. Urgent requests will always be responded to by a GP and will be assessed promptly. As before, medical emergencies should dial 999 or attend A&E.
Doors will close in both Practices at 6pm with a telephone service maintained until 6.30pm when we handover to Pembrokeshire Care On Call.
In order to maintain patient safety when dealing with each other’s patients, St David’s and Solva Surgeries have formally agreed to share access to the electronic records of their respective patients on a need-to-know basis, where and when this access is essential to care for a patient. This means that if you need a GP urgently during these times, the GP at the other Practice will be able to access your records via a secure computer link. This access is important to ensure the GP can see your records and make an entry to record their consultation.
The GPs at both St David’s and Solva Surgeries would like to thank patients for their continued support.