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More patients consult nurses

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The rise in primary care consultations carried out by practice nurses is continuing, latest figures suggest.

Around 52% of patients said they were seen by someone other than a doctor at their GP practice this year, according to a Healthcare Commission survey of 69,000 people. This is a 3% increase on results from the same survey four years ago.

In 83% of these cases, the patient said they saw a practice nurse or nurse practitioner, a 4% increase since 2004.

Overall, 74% of patients said that the main reason why they went to their GP was dealt with ‘completely’ to their satisfaction.

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