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Wessex LMCS in the Media and Press Releases

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Television Interviews

Radio Interviews

Press Releases and News Articles

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Television Interviews

A Warning from GPs

GPs in the south are warning that unless the government start investing in General Practice now, the community doctor will become a thing of the past. In this ITV Meridian interview, Wessex LMCs Joint CEO, Dr Laura Edwards, and Medical Director, Dr Will Howard, explain the current situation.

A plea to the government to be honest about what the public can expect from the GP Service

Dr Laura Edwards, Joint CEO at Wessex LMCs pleas for the government to be honest with the public about what they can expect from a GP service with so few GPs. Watch the full BBC News Interview here

It feels like a Tsunami of need

Dr Chris Castle, GP Partner at Westlands Medical Centre and Vice Chair of Hampshire & IOW Local Medical Committee, talks to BBC News about how demoralising it is for GPs not to be able to meet current need.

We are woefully short of GPs

Dr Edwards: “We need the government to… be honest that there isn’t the service there that we need” Read the fully BBC article here

The workload crisis leaves GPs feeling sad and frustrated

Dr Andy Purbrick, Joint CEO of Wessex LMCs, explains how the workload crisis leaves GPs feeling sad and frustrated in his BBC South Today interview.

The stark ‘state of overwhelm’

The stark ‘state of overwhelm’ is outlined on ITV Meridian News by Dr Laura Edwards, Joint CEO of Wessex LMCs.

Why patients are struggling to get through to their GP

Dr Laura Edwards, Joint CEO of Wessex LMCs talks to ITV Meridian about why patients are struggling to get through to their GP.

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Radio Interviews

Patient behaviour is evolving fast – where do you turn for help?

Figures from consumer research group 2San show that 1 in 3 people in Southampton initially look for medical advice on socials instead of from a GP.

In this radio interview, Wessex LMCs Joint CEO, Dr Laura Edwards, talks to Global News about how this affects the NHS.

2.6 Million Patients vs 1400 GPs

Dr Laura Edwards, Joint CEO of Wessex LMCs was recently interviewed by Global News to highlight the pressures in general practice. Take a listen to the interview which was featured on Heart Hampshire Radio on 10th March 23.

The Pressure Never Stops….

On Tuesday 7th March 2023, Joint CEO’s Dr Laura Edwards and Dr Andy Purbrick spoke on BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast shows. Following a segment on the day in the life of a GP, featuring Dr Lisa Nayler from the Parkstone Tower Practice in Poole (part of Shore Medical), Andy and Laura spoke on why the system is broken.

In this interview broadcast to the Hampshire and IOW region, Laura discusses why there aren’t enough GPs to meet an increasing medically complex population.

In this interview broadcast across the Dorset region, Andy explains why the workload crisis is not just a result of the pandemic.

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Press Releases and News Articles

Patients in South of England want their family doctor back – new poll

New survey finds most people in South of England want to see the same GP each time, in a surgery near where they live. Take a read of Wessex LMCs press release, sent on behalf of the Rebuild General Practice Campaign

Partner Focus: Wessex Local Medical Committees

Published in the Triangle for BSW Together on 17th March 23, read the article: Partner Focus: Wessex Local Medical Committees

Website & phone message reviews forge best practice guides for GP surgeries

The websites and automated phone messages of GP practices across Wiltshire have been the focus of a two-part project led by Healthwatch Wiltshire volunteers. Dr Andy Purbrick, Joint Chief Executive of Wessex LMCs commented on the review. Read the full article here

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27/09/2023