The Gibraltar Health Authority says it is delighted to announce its plans to increase the availability of face-to-face appointments with a GP or Nurse Practitioner at the Primary Care Centre as from Monday 19th April 2021 as part of the gradual return to a more normal service.
Throughout the entire pandemic, face-to-face appointments continued to be available, albeit at a reduced level. Those who were clinically assessed as needing a face-to-face appointment were always offered one. As face-to-face appointments are now further increased, a level of caution is still required as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, and some safeguards must remain in place to avoid over-crowding in waiting areas and in the PCC in general
Additionally, telephone consultations will still continue to be offered, especially for consultations where face-to-face appointments with a GP are not necessary.
The GHA understands that some patients may not have had contact with their regular GP for many months, and will be keen to now book a face-to-face appointment. An initial surge in demand for appointments is therefore expected, and this may surpass availability for the first few weeks. The GHA therefore appeals to the public for continued patience and understanding when accessing primary care services; with time all patients will be able to access their GP of choice and resume attending to their primary care health needs on a regular basis.
Minister for Health, the Hon Samantha Sacramento, said: ‘I am delighted that the GHA is now in a position to be able to increase the numbers of face-to-face appointments available at the Primary Care Centre, as we cautiously resume regular GHA services. I would like to thank all the staff at the PCC, to whom the whole of Gibraltar owes a debt of gratitude, for their tireless work on the frontline of this pandemic.’
To book an appointment at the Primary Care Centre, please call 20052441 or 20007007 MyGHA for telephone consultations.