Summary of report contentHealthwatch Southwark created this "Appointment systems at Southwark GP practices - are they working?" report to look at the experiences of local people with appointment booking systems to see their GP. This piece of work was undertaken following Healthwatch Southwark speaking to 397 local people about the issues they thought they should focus on. The most common concern by some distance was the issue of getting timely access to GPs. An enter and view visit was carried out to every GP practice in Southwark and a practice managers survey, a receptionists survey and semi structured interviews with patients were carried out at each. Key findings from the project included: 76% of people said that they find it ‘very easy’ or ‘easy’ to contact their practice, and 23% find it ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’. Comments indicate that getting through on the telephone can be difficult, especially at certain times of the day. Some people find the time at which same-day appointments are released (usually 8am) difficult for a variety of reasons. The report includes 31 separate recommendations, including: #1. Practices, with the support of Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), should review their telephone systems to identify if any improvements could be made. #5. NHS Southwark CCG and GP federations should review the ‘iPlato’ text reminder system and its impact on appointments where patients did not attend (DNAs), in order to determine whether it should be rolled out to all practices. #11. Practices and GP federations should consider how triage call-back systems could be improved from both a staff and patient perspective. This should look at: The time demand on practice staff & the convenience to patients e.g. if no call-back ‘slot’ is specified.
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Appointment systems at Southwark GP practices
Date of publication
Friday, 1 December, 2017
Date evidence capture began
Monday, 1 May, 2017
Date evidence capture finished
Thursday, 31 August, 2017
Type of report
Enter and view
Building and facilities
Communication between staff and patients
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Waiting time to be seen once arrived at appointment
Waiting times and lists for treatment
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Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
What type of organisation requested the work
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Primary care services
Number of people who shared their views
Does the information include public's views?
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
Does the information include staff's views?
Types of health and care professionals engaged
Does the information include other people's views?
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views?
Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
Does the information contain a response from a provider?
Is there evidence of impact in the report?
Is there evidence of impact external to the report?