Scilly And Cornwall Rate GPs Highest In Country

St Mary's Health Centre

Patients in Scilly and Cornwall rate their GPs more highly than in the rest of the country.

20,000 people across the local NHS area were asked for views on their general practitioners.

The survey company IPSOS MORI hasn’t filtered out specific responses from our islands but NHS Manager, Zoe Howard, says they had to question people in both areas and she’s confident a proportion of islanders account for the good feedback.

The Medical Director of the Primary Care Trust, Dr Shelagh McCormick, says, “it’s great to see that local people still have a huge amount of trust in their GP when they are making most of the big decisions about local healthcare in the future.”

The Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, which consists of GPs, will take over health services from NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly in April.

They’ll face the public, explain changes and answer questions on the 27th June at the Town Hall, between 2.00pm and 3.30pm.

The survey found 82% of patients found it easy or very easy to get through to their practice by phone. 92% of patients could get an appointment when they wanted one with 95% of patients saying it was at a convenient time.

The GP gave 91% of patients enough time and 92% of people in Scilly and Cornwall felt they could get an NHS dental appointment when they needed one.