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General practitioners' views of a psychogeriatric service

  • Olakunle Ashaye (a1), Manu Dhadphale (a2) and Anthony Okore (a1)
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The views of referring general practitioners (GPs) on a psychogeriatric service were obtained through a questionnaire. Most GPs were satisfied with the service. A number of GPs wanted faster responses to referrals, telephone discussions after initial psychogeriatric assessments and more communication with consultants. In response to these findings, secretarial staff was increased and telephone discussions with referring GPs are to follow initial assessments of all urgent and emergency referrals.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence: Dr. O. Ashaye, Cell Barnes Hospital, Highfield Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0RG
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BJPsych Bulletin
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General practitioners' views of a psychogeriatric service

  • Olakunle Ashaye (a1), Manu Dhadphale (a2) and Anthony Okore (a1)
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