More time given to fill out questionnaire and help shape the future of GP services

Doctors want more patients to fill in a survey about how GP practices should be run Picture posed by models
Doctors want more patients to fill in a survey about how GP practices should be run Picture posed by models
John Knighton, medical director of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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  • Deadline extended until the end of September
  • Only 75 people responded compared to almost 1,400 in similar survey
  • Questionnaire relates to services in the Havant area
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A SURVEY to find out what people want from their GP services is being extended because of a poor response.

Doctors in the Havant area fear patients risk missing out on a chance to shape NHS services across east Hampshire by not filling in the questionnaire.

We certainly don’t want people to miss out on the chance to have their say.

Dr Kathryn Bannell, chairman of the steering board for the initiative

Fewer than 75 people have so far taken part in an online survey launched in early August to help GPs to transform and improve the care they offer patients.

A similar recent survey for Gosport drew nearly 1,400 responses.

Dr Kathryn Bannell, chairman of the steering board for the initiative, said: ‘People have another five weeks to complete the survey but we do very much want many more to get involved so we can capture as many representative views as possible.

‘We certainly don’t want people to miss out on the chance to have their say. We know in the past from previous engagement work the CCG has undertaken that people have told us they want to see GPs and other health and social care staff working more closely together.

‘They would also like to be able to access GP appointments more easily, and for IT services to be used more effectively so their patient record is available to all of the professionals caring for them. GP practices are already discussing that, by working together and sharing expertise, we can address the issues people have previously raised with us. But please help us to help you.’

GPs in the area, along with community health providers Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, are working together to see how they can improve GP services.

The survey contains 12 tick-box questions which take about five minutes to complete.

It includes questions about extended access to GP services and whether patients would be happy to be offered an appointment at somewhere other than their own practice.

People now have until the end of September. Go to southeasternhampshireccg.nhs.uk/transforming-local-nhs-services.htm