GP Patient survey suggests surgeries are in good health

GP Patient survey suggests GP surgeries are in good health

NHS England’s GP Patient Survey 2018 shows eight out of ten patients rating their overall experience of their GP surgery as good.

The survey, which has been extended to include 16-17 year olds for the first time, compiled responses from almost 760,000 people across the country on their experience of healthcare services provided by GP surgeries. This included access to GPs, making appointments, the quality of care received from GPs and other health professionals, waiting  times, and satisfaction with opening hours and out-of-hours NHS services.

The survey found that confidence and trust in GPs and healthcare professionals remains high at 95.6%, and 93.5% of patients felt involved in decisions about their care and treatment, while 94.8% felt the healthcare professional met their needs.

Dr Nikita Kanani, Acting Director of Primary Care for NHS England, said: “General Practice is the foundation of the NHS and this survey shows patients appreciate the fantastic job GPs and the wider primary care work force are doing in times of real pressure, helping more people living with increasingly complex conditions.

“We are already putting record funding into primary care after years of underinvestment, with an additional £2.4 billion every year by 2020 to help drive improvements in care, including widening access with more GPs are in training than ever before –  a record 3,157 began their studies last year. As we develop a long term plan for the NHS, we will look to further build on these successes and this critical foundation.”

Key findings:

  • 83.8% described the overall experience of their GP surgery as good.
  • 68.6% of patients rated their overall experience of making an appointment as good.
  •  Of everyone who wanted a same day appointment, 66.1% got one.
  • Of those who have a preferred GP, more than half (50.2%) said that they see or speak to them a lot of the time, almost always or always.
  • 93.5% of patients felt involved in decisions about their care and treatment.
  • 87.4% felt their healthcare professional was good at treating them.
  • 78.3% of patients who have tried to use their GP practice website found it easy to access information or services.
  • Almost seven in ten patients (68.7%) reported a good experience of NHS services when they wanted to see a GP but their GP practice was closed.
  • 91.2% of patients had confidence and trust in all of the people they saw or spoke to when their GP practice was closed.

The GP Patient Survey data publications can be found on the GP Patient Survey website:

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