Summary of report contentHealthwatch Walsall carried out a survey of Walsall residents in 2013/14 about local GP practices. As this suggested wide variations in patient satisfaction between different practices, a further survey took place in February and March 2016. This was more focused on patient experiences and outcomes of seeing their GP to understand the factors that may influence satisfaction levels. The survey was completed with patients at GP practices by Healthwatch Walsall, supported on-line and by some GP practices. Key findings - Overall patient satisfaction was high with 84% of respondents saying that their practice was either excellent or good. Issues cited by respondents negatively affecting their satsifaction levels were; on the day appointment and routine appointment availability, having to use A&E when unable to get an appointment, being able to get through by telephone, being rushed during appointments, the attitude of some reception staff, being unable to see the same GP which affected the continuity of care, the lack of flexible appointment times for people who work or are at school, privacy at the reception desk and facilities for children in waiting rooms (lack of provision of toys). Reccomendations - While the majority of people appear satisfied with their GP services there remains a sizeable number that have poor or very poor experiences. This could be improved by; specified thresholds of satisfaction for all practices, practices falling below developing action plans to improve patient experience, a pilot project in collaboration with the CCG, NHS and PRG's to focus on low scoring GP practices, review of the average waiting times for telephone queuing systems and potential cost impact on patients left on hold, introduce customer service training for reception staff, where reception staff determine urgency of need ensure they have undergone recognised triage training, review the availability of early morning and later evening appointments for those with school, work or caring commitments, review the availability of routine appointments to reduce pressure on urgent appointments.
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Walsall GP Patient experience report
Date of publication
Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Date evidence capture began
Wednesday, 1 January, 2014
Date evidence capture finished
Saturday, 14 May, 2016
Type of report
Building and facilities
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Communication between staff and patients
Continuity of care
Quality of appointment
Quality of care
Quality of staffing
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Waiting times and lists for treatment
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If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Primary care services
Out of hours
Urgent care services
Urgent and emergency care services
Urgent care services
Types of disabilities
Types of long term conditions
Number of people who shared their views
All people 18 and over
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Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
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Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
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