I read with some concern the article in the CT over the weekend, with the expansion of the Walk in Centres (WIC) being ‘slammed by GPs’.
Please ACT Government, do not close the WIC!
Anyone with a bog standard cold, minor illness and perhaps in need of a medical certificate, appreciates the WIC as a fast and convenient service providing quality advice. I have had a more thorough review and examination by a WIC nurse than 90% of my visits to my GP. I find that the nurse advice is a lot more thorough and to the point. The last time I saw my GP for a bad cold he barely looked at me other than to ask a couple of basic questions, then he told me to rest and take paracetamol… this was after a 70 minute wait! I was barely in his office for 5 minutes. That will be $75.00, thanks.
The Nurse practitioner asked thorough questions, did my BP, listened to my chest and heart, checked my throat and ears and made me feel confident of the advice provided.
I accept that if I have a more major problem (or on the recommendation of the nurse), I should/will see a GP, but for a minor problem, paying $75 to see a GP is not an option! Yes, there is the Medicare rebate but the cost is still there.
How about instead of Doctors whining that the WIC are a waste of resources, they recommend low-level consultations to them by advising patients of the option? So that they can spend more time on the patients who actually need them.