A lot of negative publicity about GP opening hours and access has recently been in the press.
This surgery is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm 5 days a week.
Outside these hours care can be obtained from the Out of Hours Service.
In a recent Government run survey 85% of respondants were satisfied with our opening hours.
Below is a list of some of the additional tasks GPs do which do not involve direct patient contact:
checking results, writing up notes, checking repeat medication requests, paperwork, practice meetings, staff issues, planning, teaching, study/reading to keep up to date, contract issues, audits, critical incident analysis, complaints handling, writing referral letters to consultants
Checking and signing dictation
Writing letters to various NHS managers about various things
Dealing with issues to do with premises.
Reading clinical letters from physios, OTs, consultants etc. regarding patients.
See here to see what the BMA says about general practice