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GPs in Newham urge patients to take part in national NHS survey

PUBLISHED: 19:23 31 August 2013 | UPDATED: 19:23 31 August 2013

GPs in NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Groups are urging patients, who have received the GP Patient Survey, to give their views before the survey ends this month.

The survey, which aims to find out what patients think about the care they receive from their local GPs, dentists and out-of-hours doctor services, has been posted to over 2.7 million patients across the UK.

The survey asks patients about a range of issues, such as how easy or difficult it is for them to make an appointment at their surgery, satisfaction with opening hours, the quality of care received from their GP and practice nurses, amongst other things.

Dr Zuhair Zarifa, Chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group and a local GP, said: “Even if you previously filled in a survey, it is important to hear about your more recent experiences, especially as we are asking about more of the issues that concern patients.

“I urge patients selected to use this opportunity to feed back their opinions on these important issues. The more responses we receive, the more accurate a picture we will get on how practices are performing.”

Now in its seventh year, the survey which is coordinated nationally by NHS England, is sent out to a random selection of patients every year. The last day to respond is on September 27.

Results of this and past surveys can be found on the website GP Patient Survey: http://www.gp-patient.co.uk/.


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