Results from the latest national GP Patient Survey published by NHS England last week show that patients in Southport and Formby overall are positive about the care they receive from their GP practice.

This survey provides insight into patients’ experiences of general practice in the period prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Headline findings in the area are all above the national and the Merseyside average:

  • 91% of patients said that in their last appointment they felt that the healthcare professional recognised and/or understood any mental health needs that they might have had
  • 86% of patients would describe their experience of their GP practice as ‘good’
  • When patients were asked if the receptionist at their GP practice was helpful 92% said yes
  • 79% of patients felt that over the past 12 months they had enough support from local services and organisations to help manage conditions

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: It’s very encouraging to know that that the majority of patients in our local area feel that their mental health needs were understood at their last GP appointment. Knowing that most patients rated their GP service as ‘good’ is also fantastic news and I’m sure this has been helped by the introduction of out 7 day GP service. We know that there are still more improvements to be made and we are doing all we can in working with partners to improve local health services.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are accessing GP services differently, for example via telephone consultations and the requirement to wear a face mask if you do attend a face to face appointment. However, please remember that the NHS is here to support you and that there are rigorous infection control measures in place to ensure all staff and patients are protected.”