Why doctors won’t be in their practices on July 1



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The island’s GPs will all gather for an afternoon education session on Tuesday, July 1.

These are held every three months and doctors say they have proved to be ‘extremely valuable’.

GP practices across the island will remain open during the afternoon for the public to see practice nurses, make appointments or drop-in repeat prescription requests.

GPs will not however be available for routine appointments.

Emergency appointments and any emergency visits across the whole island will be provided by locum GPs based at practices in Douglas, the south and Peel. Anyone who needs to see a doctor urgently on the afternoon of July 1 should ring their GP practice as normal.

Dr Alex Allinson, chair of the GP sub-committee of the Isle of Man Medical Society, said: ‘The sessions are proving extremely valuable, allowing all of the Island’s GPs to get together in a single forum to discuss the latest developments in medicine, share best practice and to examine what we can do to enhance care for patients in the Isle of Man.

‘We are very appreciative of the public’s support for these education sessions and whilst routine GP appointments will be suspended for the afternoon, emergency access to a GP will be available across the Island. We would suggest people try and plan ahead if they need repeat prescriptions or routine medical advice around this date.’

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