The fact is known to every aware Aussie that doctors are continually backing off from being associated with aged care facilities anymore for multiple reasons. Especially, the GPs, that are general medical practitioners are doing it consistently, leaving the aged care facilities of Australia in the dark.
The most common reason for such an unceremonious leave explained by the doctors is lack of training among the nurses working in aged care facilities. According to most of them, due to the lack of knowledge and efficiency of the nurses working in these facilities, treating complex issues of the senior generation is turning hard as a rock for them.
The Role of Facility Support
However, on the other hand, it is making way for the retired general practitioners as well as experienced nurses for starting off their career with a new spirit altogether. A few facility support agencies are there who work as a liaison between the doctors as well as nurses and the residential aged care facilities. They are giving a full-length career scope to these professionals to fill in the gap.
To make sure the aged care facilities never run out of GPs, taking help of these facility support organisation has become mandatory. But, apart from that, the facilities are required to adopt some practices among themselves to attract more GPs to their workplace.
Here are some of those.
- Giving Access to Off-site Practice
Now, you can imagine how a general practitioner operates throughout the day. Having remote access to the facilities and discussing the remedies with the registered nurses over the phone is something every doctor would want. For the retired doctors, this practice will prove to be more lucrative, especially if they stay somewhere long way far from the facility.
- Clear Communication
Having a clear communication among the staffs, nurses and doctors is something that an aged care facility suffers from. Notably, this particular problem turns out to be something grave to the aged care GP services when they have asked for off-site access to the clinical systems. For that, grooming the nurses and creating the communication channel only between the RNs and medical practitioners are also quite crucial.
- Constant Assistance & Follow-up
The general practitioners certainly want constant assistance and updates from the nurses when they are on a visit to the aged care facility. It is the nurses who take care of the old people residing in the facility in the physical absence of GP. Without a clear report of the progress or downturn of the patient’s health, the GPs will never be able to follow up. Certainly, aged care facilities should take a note of it.
Whether it is by law or do not fall within the brackets of legal conditions, the facilities should start working on these mentioned practices so they can attract qualified GPs to their facilities.