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Patients show high regard for their GPs
THOUSANDS of patients have hailed GPs across Hampshire as some of the best in the country, latest figures have revealed.
Results from a new patient survey, that saw more than 30,000 people express what they thought about their GP, rated family doctors in the Wessex region highly for a range of vital skills.
From GP knowledge, to their listening skills and easy-to- understand explanations of medical jargon, local doctors consistently did better than the national average.
Released by the Wessex Local Medical Committees, representing GPs working in 460 practices across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire, the results proved a huge boost to the local heath service.
Dr Nigel Watson, chief executive of Wessex LMCs and a GP in the New Forest, said: “These results are excellent and demonstrate the quality of care that is generally provided to patients locally and also the high esteem in which most people hold their GP.
“The results are reassuring to both patients and GPs and there are lessons that can be learnt from these surveys.”
When asked how relaxed their doctor made them feel, patients in the Wessex region scored GPs 8.8 out of ten, where ten is deemed excellent and one is poor.
They scored 9.2 for listening to patients compared to the national average of 8.6, 8.8 in patient confidence and 9.2 for listening to patients compared to an 8.6 national average.
Overall this data shows that most patients hold their GPs in high regard and value the personal relationship that they share.
The survey forms part of a rigorous system of annual appraisal that is undertaken regularly to judge the performance of GPs.
These surveys are carried out independently of the GPs and the results are shared with the relevant GP, who reflects on these results, discusses them at their appraisal and uses these discussions to help plan their future developmental needs.
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