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Respite care and GP cover
Confusion reigns - any experience or advice welcomed.
We have been using respite care, via the Council, for many many years, Not once have we been advised to beforehand, de-register with our GP, register with the local GP and then the reverse upon end of that period of respite care. We still haven't seen any advice from the care home most recently used or from the Council
However. When our lad was distressed during a period of respite care, it seems our own GP refused to come out. Given it is many miles away from that GP's patch, we weren't surprised. But we were surprised to find the care home didn't get the local GP to see our lad, either by going to the GP or getting the GP out.
The likelihood of our GP allowing us to follow the Council's view that we de-register, register, de-register, and re-register for a few days in respite care seems extremely unlikely and we'd likely end up with no cover whatsoever. How the other GP would re-act is another unknown.
So, the question is, and I've looked at NHS and BMA information without clear guidance, what do people normally do to ensure GP cover when at a care home out of their normal GP's area?
Thanks in advance.