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DOCTORS are urging people to dial 111 if they need health advice out of surgery hours.

The NHS number is free to call and allows people to access healthcare for health problems that are not life-threatening.

The line is open all day, every day.

Dr Roger Gardiner, lead clinician for NHS 111 in south Essex, said: “The service is working very well.”

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11:48am Wed 11 Dec 13

sansculotte says...

Really Doctor?

I don't know anyone who thinks the 111 service is anything other than a cheap way of doctors not having to provide 24 hour cover.

In effect they have past their workload onto an inexperienced and poorly trained call centre whilst pocketing large increases in salary.

If 111 is so good DR Gardiner why not get 111 to do all the doctors work and we can save a fortune on NHS bill by getting rid of GP's ?.
Really Doctor? I don't know anyone who thinks the 111 service is anything other than a cheap way of doctors not having to provide 24 hour cover. In effect they have past their workload onto an inexperienced and poorly trained call centre whilst pocketing large increases in salary. If 111 is so good DR Gardiner why not get 111 to do all the doctors work and we can save a fortune on NHS bill by getting rid of GP's ?. sansculotte

3:59pm Wed 11 Dec 13

emcee says...

sansculotte wrote:
Really Doctor?

I don't know anyone who thinks the 111 service is anything other than a cheap way of doctors not having to provide 24 hour cover.

In effect they have past their workload onto an inexperienced and poorly trained call centre whilst pocketing large increases in salary.

If 111 is so good DR Gardiner why not get 111 to do all the doctors work and we can save a fortune on NHS bill by getting rid of GP's ?.
Absolutely.
People have no confidence in 111. People would rather go to A&E or call 999. OK, so these services are not the most efficient and in the case of ambulances you may have to wait an hour or more but at least you are more likely get seen by someone actually medically trained to a high level.
The only way to ease the A&E or 999 situation is to, indeed, have 24/7 GPs in 24/7 local surgeries. GPs get paid enough to do this so there is no reason why this cannot be sorted.
[quote][p][bold]sansculotte[/bold] wrote: Really Doctor? I don't know anyone who thinks the 111 service is anything other than a cheap way of doctors not having to provide 24 hour cover. In effect they have past their workload onto an inexperienced and poorly trained call centre whilst pocketing large increases in salary. If 111 is so good DR Gardiner why not get 111 to do all the doctors work and we can save a fortune on NHS bill by getting rid of GP's ?.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. People have no confidence in 111. People would rather go to A&E or call 999. OK, so these services are not the most efficient and in the case of ambulances you may have to wait an hour or more but at least you are more likely get seen by someone actually medically trained to a high level. The only way to ease the A&E or 999 situation is to, indeed, have 24/7 GPs in 24/7 local surgeries. GPs get paid enough to do this so there is no reason why this cannot be sorted. emcee

4:19pm Wed 11 Dec 13

ShipShape says...

Is it 222 if I'm having a 'Sit down'?
Is it 222 if I'm having a 'Sit down'? ShipShape

5:30pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

This is my story
9pm on a Wednesday I phone 111 tell them I have a swollen thumb. They phone me back at 9.20pm tell me to be at Southend Hospital fractures clinic at 10 pm ( I'm losing my thumb nail, not broken bone) this dept is closed at this time. At 10pm lights come on a doctor is there and gives me a perscrpition Done and dusted at 10.10pm same day
What's not to Love about the NHS!
This is my story 9pm on a Wednesday I phone 111 tell them I have a swollen thumb. They phone me back at 9.20pm tell me to be at Southend Hospital fractures clinic at 10 pm ( I'm losing my thumb nail, not broken bone) this dept is closed at this time. At 10pm lights come on a doctor is there and gives me a perscrpition Done and dusted at 10.10pm same day What's not to Love about the NHS! Living the La Vida Legra

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