Our Bury Access team have developed the 'Consultant Access' service to provide GPs with quick access to consultant psychiatrist advice and rapid feedback for patients in primary care (Bury).
Any patients who are not already under secondary care in mental health services can be referred through Consultant Access by their GPs. Our consultants will respond to a GP's referral with medication advice, diagnostic advice and/or clinical management and signposting advice within three working days.
Consultant Access has given patients a more efficient service and helped GPs feel better supported when managing mental health patients in primary care who do not meet the threshold for secondary care mental health services.
When making a referral to Consultant Access, GPs can simply use the existing ‘Single Point of Entry’ form and specify ‘Consultant Access’.