GP practices in Gloucestershire where patients face long waits

GP practices in Gloucestershire where patients are most likely to wait longer than two weeks for an appointment have been revealed in new figures.

The figures also reveal that a surgery in the Dursley area and one in Stonehouse are among the best performing in terms of the shortest waiting times.

Data published by NHS Digital gives detailed information on appointments and waiting times.

But the move has not been welcomed by everyone, with the Royal College of GPs criticising the lack of context around how different practices operate.

A total of 406,275 appointments took place at GP practices in the former NHS Gloucestershire CCG area in October.

At least 111,793 (28%) of these had taken place more than a fortnight after being booked, and of those, 38,520 (9%) saw patients wait longer than 28 days.

NHS Digital cautioned that GP workloads can be affected by several factors such as the demographic of patients registered at the practice, how deprived the area is and the number of care homes the practice offers services to.

In Gloucestershire, practices with the highest proportion of appointments occurring after a fortnight were:

Yorkley Health Centre – 54.2% of 6,229 appointments took place more than two weeks after they had been booked in October

Church Street Practice – 49.1% of 4,767 appointments

Cleevelands Medical Centre – 48.5% of 8,526 appointments

Staunton and Corse Surgery – 48.2% of 4,854 appointments

Lydney Practice – 47.9% of 5,259 appointments

Rowcroft Medical Centre – 47.4% of 6,908 appointments

Forest Health Care – 44.1% of 7,313 appointments

Cirencester Health Group – 42.4% of 7,717 appointments

Hilary Cottage Surgery – 40.1% of 4,738 appointments

The Royal Well Surgery – 39.9% of 4,907 appointments

At the other end of the scale were:

Newnham Surgery – just 6.4% of 1,526 appointments saw patients wait longer than a fortnight in October

Leckhampton Surgery – 10% of 6,637 appointments

Stonehouse Health Clinic – 11.1% of 2,560 appointments

The Stoke Road Surgery, – 12.5% of 9,011 appointments

Churchdown Surgery – 14.5% of 7,494 appointments

Quedgeley Medical Centre – 14.9% of 2,997 appointments

Cam and Uley Family Practice – 15.2% of 7,141 appointments

Culverhay Surgery – 15.3% of 8,098 appointments

Berkeley Place Surgery – 15.6% of 5,159 appointments

Severnbank Surgery – 15.6% of 2,818 appointments




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