Thumbs up for GPs in patient surveys

PATIENTS have praised GP’s in the area in a national survey.

Feedback by Chesterfield patients in the 2011 national GP patient survey – which details patients’ experiences of visiting their GP – shows that doctors’ surgeries punched above their weight in five out of the nine areas questioned.

More patients than the England average said they would ‘definitely’ recommend their GP to another person and that they had a ‘very good’ overall experience at their GP surgery.

The survey also reveals that 67% of people living in Derbyshire County had high confidence in their GP against a national average of 65%.

Keith Mann, head of primary care contracts commissioning for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “We will continue to work with patients to get a true reflection of their experiences so we can further build on the hard efforts of our GPs.”