Patient 4

Patient 4 has multiple long-term conditions and has approximately 18 appointments per year for their GP including anticoagulant clinic, Dmards, diabetic clinic, asthma/copd clinic, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis blood test and medication reviews.

He has approximately 6 appointments per year at the hospital.

On average this is 2 per month. Now look in your diary for the next 4 weeks and cross off 2 half days. Remembering you have to arrange transport, think of the impact this has on your time.

Now you have had an insight into the impact long-term conditions can have, we move to the next lesson where we look at an example of what may normally happen in a consultation and explore what is missing.