You all have a registered named GP
At Adelaide Medical Centre every patient has a named GP to whom they are allocated. The purpose of this is to ensure that you, as a patient, have a GP who is responsible for your well-being. It does not affect which doctor you go to see in the clinic. That remains, entirely, your choice. Rather, it affects matters “behind the scenes”.
When the results of blood and other tests come in they will go to your named GP, who will examine them and decide if further immediate action is required. Similarly if a letter about you comes in from a hospital it will go to your named GP. Finally, when you request a repeat prescription that will go to your named GP who will action it.
In addition to letters and the results of tests going to your named GP, if the test or hospital referral has come from a particular GP or nurse, the result of the test or hospital letter will also go to that person.
You can see that being a named GP can involve a fair amount of work, of most of which you will not be aware. It is important, for the smooth running of the practice, that the burden of this is spread as evenly as possible amongst all the doctors in the practice.
From time to time a doctor retires from the practice. If this doctor was your named GP you will immediately be reallocated a named GP so that you are never without a named GP, in order to ensure continuity of care.
Once again it is worth emphasizing that the identity of your named GP will not prevent you seeing the doctor of your choice, subject to the availability of appointments.
Please ask if you would like to know your registered GP.
All reasonable requests to change your registered Doctor should be made to the Practice Manager.