You may ask ‘why is this important’? That is a very good question! The answer is simple: having a regular or preferred treating doctor has been shown to improve your health outcomes, keep you out of hospital and also living longer.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) upholds the standard of continuity of comprehensive care to patients and one aspect of this is developing a relationship with your regular treating doctor. This strong patient-doctor relationship will improve your health outcomes.
We will be encouraging all our patients, especially those with chronic diseases, to have one (or two) regular treating GPs to care for your health. Having a regular GP means a strong doctor-patient relationship and helps your doctor get to know you and all the aspects of your health and well-being in detail. It is what we call continuity of care or empanelment and it is one of the foundational building blocks of high performing primary health care.
We will always do our best to get you an appointment with your preferred doctor but if this is not possible we recommend seeing your 2nd doctor within the same practice to enable continuity of your care. This means your 2nd doctor also knows you quite well and has access to your full health records as recorded by your regular treating GP. Knowing you well means better health care and that is very important to us!