View from a Doctor’s desk – Dr Greg Wyatt

Today is 31st January and while I am looking forward to tonight’s blue moon lunar eclipse, weather permitting, I am not sure I am looking forward to tomorrow, the day that all codeine containing medications will require a prescription. I am sure that we have all been wondering what the impact of this policy will be on our practices. So far, I have not had one more request than usual for a codeine prescription. Like most GPs, I discourage the use of codeine. However, I am sure that it still has a use in the short-term management of mild to moderate acute pain. Again, like most GPs, I probably don’t have a clear idea of the full use of over the counter (OTC) medications by my patients; I don’t always ask and they don’t always tell. Only a few have mentioned the declining pharmacy stocks of OTC paracetamol-codeine and ibuprofen-codeine preparations. The various medical media outlets have already been discussing this issue and most commentators are far more knowledgeable on this topic than this normal GP. The sorts of questions we have been asking ourselves include:
  • Will there be a big impact of codeine prescriptions on practices; how will we manage and increased admin and GP workload?
  • What will be the cost to patients, for both the visit and pharmacy?
  • How will I respond to a codeine prescription request?
  • How will I manage renewals ” face to face visit, telephone request, on-line request? Will this be any different to my practice’s usual policies?
  • How will Bp Premier help me?
As yet, I don’t have any answers. I guess I am waiting to see what happens. Maybe the impact will be minimal on my practice; maybe I am burying my head in the sand. Still, I am happy to wait and see. Dr Greg Wyatt, GP, Shalimar House, Dandenong North, Vic Member of Best Practice Software’s Clinical Leadership Advisory Committee

Best Practice Software supports Scouts Australia

Scouts are known for always being prepared and that has extended to being prepared for any medical eventuality at the Australian Venture, from 2nd January at Camp Warrawee, north of Brisbane. Best Practice Software have been supplying Scouts Australia with their GP medical software Bp Premier for over a decade. Dr Michael Rice, a Scouts member in Beaudesert Queensland, says using Bp Premier makes healthcare for kids and adults so much simpler. Best Practice Software has been generous in allowing Scouts to use their software at events for over a decade, where we can have 1000 to 10,000 youth and adults attending. We are able to load up our attendance database for each event, saving time and improving accuracy. Dr Rice said. Scout events can run up to a fortnight, with the attendees and most leader volunteers arriving within the space of a few hours prior to the event and with little time to familiarise with software systems. Clinical Nurse at the PA Hospital Emergency Department and Venturer Scout Leader at Wishart-Chester Scout Group in Toohey Forest District Kelly Jenkins says Best Practice is very intuitive and easy to learn. We have a range of volunteers including doctors, nurses, various health science students and administrators, and if they have used electronic clinical records in the past, they learn Best Practice’s Bp Premier so quickly that we are productive from day one. Jenkins said. CEO and founder of Best Practice Software Dr Frank Pyefinch says he is pleased to see Bp support Scouts Australia over many years. We have been a very proud supporter of Scouts Australia and we are delighted that our medical software has assisted them at many of their major events. Dr Pyefinch said.