Primary and urgent care survey - visiting other local GP practices

One of the key elements of the CCG’s Primary Care Strategy is for local GP surgeries to be able to work collaboratively and to share capacity.

This might mean attending sessions at other nearby GP practices, or indeed having newly established local hubs or clinics locally.

There is clear endorsement for having a specialist clinic, hospital tests done locally, and seeing specialist doctors with nearly a third of respondents calling this ‘ideal’ and over 90% feeling this is acceptable in some measure (moderately acceptable, acceptable, and ideal).

There is some level of acceptance for seeing GPs in different practices for urgent, on the day appointments, especially for seeing their own GP.

There was little enthusiasm for having routine appointments with a GP from a different practice, with only half of all respondents accepting this and 20% saying it is not at all acceptable.

"I am happy to see another GP at a different practice as long as they have all my records"

"I don't drive so all this thing about going to a different practice would depend how far away it was and whether I could get there on public transport. I could take a taxi if it was urgent but I wouldn't want to be doing that all the time"

Higher proportions of carers of children and younger people found it acceptable to go to other practices, whereas smaller proportions of older people, those with physical disabilities and long term conditions found it less acceptable.

Twelve per cent (just over one in eight people) are not willing to travel to another practice, and half would travel less than three miles.

A quarter would travel up to six miles and 16% would travel more than six miles.

The distance people were willing to travel also varied by locality. Although the proportion of people who weren’t willing to travel at all stayed broadly the same (at 11-13%) the rural localities of Chichester and Chanctonbury showed more people willing to travel further than in the other localities.

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