Mater Acute Primary Care Service
Mater Emergency Department recognizes that some patients present to our Department with injury or illness that can safely be managed by a specialist primary care doctor. In an effort to have our patients managed as quickly as possible we have designed an emergency GP service at our local injury unit is Smithfield, Dublin 7.
At triage we may identify an individual whom you think would be appropriate to refer to the primary care clinic. If you wish you can confirm this with the floor consultant or registrar. A very brief triage is required as all these patients will be clinically stable and present with problems that a GP would normally be expected to manage; cough, cold, ear ache, back pain, sinus problem, minor headache, flu, joint inflammation etc. In many cases patients have come to ED as they don’t have a GP or couldn’t get an appointment.
Our GP service is run by fully trained and accredited General Practitioners.
- Triage as normal
- Print ED card
- If suitable for GP service: track as discharge and drop down box to ED Clinic
- Drop down box to Acute Primary Care Clinic
- Drop down to date and time of appointment (like making wound care appointment)
- Track on appointment, write time and date on Acute Primary Care Sheet
- Give sheet to patient and ask to attend at designated time with printed sheet
No additional payment required for service
GP has access to plain x-ray and prescriptions etc but NOT blood tests
If patients do not wish to avail of this service please explain that they will be seen in time order but that this almost certainly will involve a longer wait than attending the GP appointment. They can change their mind at any time and ask to be referred to the GP.
Patient information sheet: Smithfield details primary care