Revealed: London areas with the longest GP wait times

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The number of GP appointments in London passed the 4.5 million mark last month, according to NHS Digital figures released on Thursday.

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This reflects an increase of 28 per cent over a six-month period as primary care continues to recover from the shock of the COVID pandemic.

Across the capital, about 12.1 percent of people waited more than two weeks for an appointment in October. This is lower than the national average of 19.5 per cent.

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But around two-thirds of appointments in London took place in person, still down from the pre-pandemic average of around 80 per cent.

GP surgeries are under immense pressure as patient numbers continue to rise with reduced staff numbers. Last month, the Standard reported how the number of full-time GPs in London has fallen over the past five years, despite a rise in patient numbers.

The Standard looked at NHS Digital data to investigate which areas of London are experiencing the longest GP wait times. The data was analyzed through each Integrated Care Board (ICB), which oversees the health needs of specific areas in the UK.

south west london

South West London ICBs have the highest proportion of patients waiting more than two weeks for a GP appointment, according to the data.

A total of 750,798 appointments took place at GP surgeries in the region, with 14.3 per cent of patients waiting for an appointment for more than 14 days.

Around 40 per cent were seen on the same day, while 2.3 per cent waited more than four weeks.

Some 68 per cent of appointments were in person – the second highest of any area in London.

south east london

The South East London ICB area had the second longest wait, with 13.2 per cent of patients waiting over a fortnight to see a family doctor.

A total of 810,581 appointments took place across the region, of which 40.5 per cent took place on the same day.

And 2.24 per cent patients waited for more than 28 days, the data showed.

The data also shows that 64 per cent of the appointments were made in person, which is the lowest proportion in the capital.

north west london

North West London ICB came third for the longest wait for a GP appointment.

Of the more than 1.2 million in total, 11.4 percent of patients endured a two-week wait.

Some 40 per cent of patients were seen on the same day, the figures show, with 1.49 per cent waiting more than four weeks.

According to the data, two-thirds (66 per cent) of appointments were in person, making it the second lowest amount in London.

north central london

The data showed that North Central London ICB had the second shortest GP wait of any London area.

A total of 697,242 appointments were held at GP surgeries in the region, with 10.7 per cent of patients waiting for an appointment for more than 14 days.

Around 40 per cent were seen on the same day, while 2.3 per cent waited more than four weeks.

Statistics show that around 66.7 per cent appointments were made in person.

north east london

Just over a million appointments took place in the North East London ICB in October, with 40.4 per cent taking place on the same day.

Eleven per cent of patients waited more than two weeks for an appointment, the lowest of all London ICB areas.

And a total of 2.22 percent waited longer than four weeks.

This area also had the highest proportion of face-to-face appointments, with 68.3 per cent of all appointments taking place at a surgery.


Source: www.standard.co.uk

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