Date lodged: 26 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will investigate reported concerns that there have been a number of occasions when there was no out-of-hours GP cover in parts of Dumfries and Galloway.
Answered by: Shona Robison 7 February 2018
NHS Dumfries & Galloway has advised there is always GP out-of-hours cover provided across the region. Dumfries & Galloway operates 3 Out of Hours Hubs across the region, in Dumfries, Stranraer and the Machars. On the occasions when Dumfries has no Out of Hours GP cover, the GP in Stranraer triages calls and vice versa. Stranraer provides support to the Machars when there is no out-of-hours GP available.
NHS Dumfries & Galloway will put in place a number of contingency plans when no GP is available in a particular area, which include liaising with accident and emergency departments and re-triaging patients to a more appropriate place for support and treatment.
NHS Dumfries & Galloway has established a transforming urgent care working group to improve the current staffing situation which includes using advanced nurse practitioners, specialist paramedics and prescribing pharmacists to provide care to those patients where it would be appropriate to do so.