Hackney GPs are urging residents who have received a Government questionnaire about the services they receive from their doctors, to fill it in and send it back. The Department of Health’s ‘GP Patient Survey’ has been posted out to NHS patients across the UK and gives people the chance to have their say about local health services.
The questionnaire, which was mailed out in January, by research group Ipsos MORI, covers all aspects of patients experience at their local practice, from how easy it is to make an appointment to the quality of care received from GPs and practice nurses.
Clare Highton, local GP and Chair of the Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group said:
‘This survey is a great chance for patients to have a say about local services and help us to improve healthcare in Hackney.
We want to find out what local people think about the care they receive from GPs, which practices are doing well, and where we can make things better all across Hackney. We’ll use the results to improve the way we do things, including how we support people with long term health conditions.
The results of the survey can also affect the level of funding we receive for health services in Hackney so it’s really important that the people who receive it take the time to fill it in.’
More than 2.7 million people annually are invited to take part in the survey, which is in its seventh year. The survey can be completed online at www.gp-patient.co.uk, or by sending back the blue-coloured form in the envelope provided. Anyone with queries should contact the Ipsos MORI survey helpline on 0808 238 5385.