14 July 2011
There was a recent goal at Villa Park - which was to educate GPs on how to best advise people on a range of common conditions including eye problems, gynaecological issues, skin problems, urinary tract conditions and neck lumps. The event, held at the premiership club stadium in Aston, Birmingham on 14 June, attracted GPs from all over the city and surrounding areas. The event was tailored to cover various topics following feedback from local GPs who wanted to improve their knowledge in these areas.
According to Dr Joanne Ishaque of the Limes Medical Centre in Walsall, West Midlands:
“As a GP, improving my knowledge about the latest techniques and advances in treatments, so I can best advise and refer patients, is essential. It’s also important to connect with local providers of secondary care services and forge relationships with them so that we are able to work together to make processes more efficient.
“The event was well presented and the format allowed for plenty of interaction in small groups – quite different from other educational events I’ve attended. It’s great to meet face-to-face with specialists I regularly refer to but wouldn’t necessarily otherwise get to meet. The venue was also a great choice!” she added.
Another GP, Atif Zafar of Oaks Medical Centre in Streetly, commented:
“The event was not only well-managed and thought out but also very relevant to what I do on an everyday basis in my practice. The format was great and it was good to come together with other GPs from across the region to share common problems and solutions.”
The event covered ophthalmology, with Monique Hope-Ross, dermatology with Dr Manjit Kaur, urinary tract symptoms with Haider Syed, neck lumps and balance disorders with Huw Griffiths and gynaecology with Jonathan Pepper – all specialists based at Spire Little Aston Hospital.
Says Miss Hope-Ross, ophthalmologist at Spire Little Aston Hospital:
“It’s very important for us to forge close links with the primary care sector and ensure they are aware of the latest treatments and techniques available. Patients rely on their GP as their first port of call with medical problems and also for referrals to the private sector, therefore it’s vital GPs know exactly who is out there offering quality treatment and care.
Jonathan Pepper, gynaecologist at Spire Little Aston Hospital, added:
“The event seemed to be very well received by the GPs who attended and many are keen to come to any future events we hold.”