Acrylic Leaflet Holders Bring Health & Welfare Issues to the Fore

In the UK, there are in excess of 250 million General Practitioner (GP) consultancies that take place every year, with the average patient making an appointment to see their doctor approximately four times over the course of twelve months and nearly 80% of the population visiting their GP at least once a year. Whilst a small proportion (nearly 15%) of the patients seen will ultimately be referred to specialists, the vast majority of patient health needs are catered for at GP level and with approximately 42,000 GPs working in almost 11,000 practices across the UK (a quarter of which operate with just one GP), each caring for on average 2,000 patients at any one time, you’d be right in thinking that GP’s need all the help and support they can get.

Whilst the importance of the GP-patient relationship can never be underestimated, patient care can further be supported by carefully displayed literature in surgery receptions and waiting rooms, that may be seen at a glance and covers a broad variety of health and welfare issues that aim to help a patient in a number of ways, such as: 1. Recognise symptoms they may be having related to a specific illness. 2. Encourage a patient to investigate a subject or health issue further if they are unwilling to discuss it openly with their GP. 3. A patient may pick up a leaflet they feel may be useful to a friend or family member.

Such advice might cover the following conditions/ailments:

  • osteoarthritis,
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (ME),
  • coughs, colds and sore throats,
  • breastfeeding,
  • moles and malignant melanoma,
  • depression,
  • domestic violence,
  • diabetes,
  • miscarriage,
  • prostate cancer,
  • giving up smoking,
  • drug and alcohol abuse.

The most effective way to display patient leaflets in doctors surgeries is in the form of first-class acrylic leaflet holders, most commonly fabricated in transparent form to allow maximum visual of the subject matter. Space is often limited in waiting rooms and receptions, but this can be easily overcome by using wall-mounted, multi-tiered leaflet holder displays, mounted directly in eye-line of the seated patient.