Tutorials is a publication designed to help Southampton and Hampshire General Practitioners and Primary Care Clinicians to utilise and refer to Secondary Care services in the most appropriate and cost effective way. Each month we highlight one or more secondary care specialties and give guidelines about common clinical problems, on what is appropriate to refer and what is less appropriate to refer. We also try to give advice on what can reasonably be done in Primary Care prior to referral to help minimise unnecessary delays, follow-up appointments and investigations for our patients. Each Tutorial is written by a Consultant or senior SpR. and contains the most up-to-date educational information and advice for common clinical problems. Finally, whilst recognising each patient must have a choice of secondary provider, we aim to suggest the most cost effective referral choice where appropriate.

Although this website is available to anyone, we would ask that clinicians register for Tutorials (at no cost) via the registration box on the Home page. After creating an account you will recieve an email asking you to activate your account; you will need to do this before you can log in. All tutorials are accessible without an account, however the 'My PDP' section, which allows you to recieve credit for reading all previous Tutorial issues, will not be available without an account. Once registered you will recieve an email each time a new issue is released, with the Tutorial attached. 

All issues will be added to the website and will be available as PDF versions for download. Educational approval has been received and each issue will attract ½ hour of approved learning. We hope that Tutorials will become a valuable addition to your learning portfolios. Issues are planned for all major hospital specialties on an ongoing rolling programme.

Benefits of Tutorials

It is hoped that Tutorials will benefit both patients and clinicians. By referring most appropriately, patients should receive a better service from GP's and Secondary Care clinicians. There is also the potential to make budget savings by ensuring that reasonable investigations are completed prior to referral, thus saving time and wasted out-patient appointments. We hope that the educational content will also prove invaluable.

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