One in 10 in Warrington wait seven days or longer to see their GP, survey reveals

One in 10 in Warrington wait seven days or longer to see their GP, survey reveals

One in 10 in Warrington wait seven days or longer to see their GP, survey reveals

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MORE than one in 10 patients in Warrington waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found.

A total of 22,865 (11.28%) of patients in the town faced a wait of a week or more when they phoned for an appointment in the last year.

The annual survey also revealed patients struggle to see the family doctor of their choosing and 42 per cent of Warrington patients, who have a preferred GP, had to see another doctor when they last went to their surgery.

Nick Bent, Labour Parliamentary Candidate in Warrington South, said: "Sadly, the NHS is heading downhill under this Tory Government and the choice facing NHS users at the General Election is a Labour Government pledged to improve and protect our NHS, or five more years of Tory chaos, cuts and broken promises."

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9:20am Tue 29 Jul 14

Traveller29 says...

Isn't 1 in 10 less then 1% - not bad in my book? You are never going to get 100%. As for not seeing a doctor of your choice - if you are just 'ill' does it really matter? Just my opinions as my health centre is excellent at making appointments and they routinely allow you to see the next doctor available.
Isn't 1 in 10 less then 1% - not bad in my book? You are never going to get 100%. As for not seeing a doctor of your choice - if you are just 'ill' does it really matter? Just my opinions as my health centre is excellent at making appointments and they routinely allow you to see the next doctor available. Traveller29
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10:27am Tue 29 Jul 14

Uncoded says...

Traveller29 wrote:
Isn't 1 in 10 less then 1% - not bad in my book? You are never going to get 100%. As for not seeing a doctor of your choice - if you are just 'ill' does it really matter? Just my opinions as my health centre is excellent at making appointments and they routinely allow you to see the next doctor available.
Its 10%, which in my book still isn't that bad.
[quote][p][bold]Traveller29[/bold] wrote: Isn't 1 in 10 less then 1% - not bad in my book? You are never going to get 100%. As for not seeing a doctor of your choice - if you are just 'ill' does it really matter? Just my opinions as my health centre is excellent at making appointments and they routinely allow you to see the next doctor available.[/p][/quote]Its 10%, which in my book still isn't that bad. Uncoded
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10:49am Tue 29 Jul 14

Traveller29 says...

Whoops - maths was never my strong point (embarassed face} - I agree though that figure is very acceptable so we have scaremongering going on again?!
Whoops - maths was never my strong point (embarassed face} - I agree though that figure is very acceptable so we have scaremongering going on again?! Traveller29
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12:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Karlar says...

Traveller29 wrote:
Whoops - maths was never my strong point (embarassed face} - I agree though that figure is very acceptable so we have scaremongering going on again?!
Set against the percentage of those who fail to turn up for their GP appointments the 10% figure is satisfactory.
[quote][p][bold]Traveller29[/bold] wrote: Whoops - maths was never my strong point (embarassed face} - I agree though that figure is very acceptable so we have scaremongering going on again?![/p][/quote]Set against the percentage of those who fail to turn up for their GP appointments the 10% figure is satisfactory. Karlar
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1:21pm Tue 29 Jul 14

voice of (some) of the people says...

The national average according to the RCGP is 15% waiting more than aweek so we're not doing too badly here in Warrington!
The national average according to the RCGP is 15% waiting more than aweek so we're not doing too badly here in Warrington! voice of (some) of the people
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12:51am Wed 30 Jul 14

Reader says...

It doesn't say whether the 1 in 10 who had to wait were just for routine or appointments or minor illnesses so it means nothing.
Our doctors surgery is great now as they use the new telephone consultation setup where you talk to a doctor over the phone first and if he/she thinks you do need to be seen you pretty much get a same day appointment that morning or afternoon. Last time we used it we had an appointment within an hour. A lot of people used to make appointments when really they didn't need to be seen face to face so this way keeps everyone happy and it's working really well.
It doesn't say whether the 1 in 10 who had to wait were just for routine or appointments or minor illnesses so it means nothing. Our doctors surgery is great now as they use the new telephone consultation setup where you talk to a doctor over the phone first and if he/she thinks you do need to be seen you pretty much get a same day appointment that morning or afternoon. Last time we used it we had an appointment within an hour. A lot of people used to make appointments when really they didn't need to be seen face to face so this way keeps everyone happy and it's working really well. Reader
  • Score: 1

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