Changes to Where You See a Doctor

1 June 2010, 00:00

The people in charge of health care in Kent are giving us the chance to have a say on where and when we should be able to see a doctor.

They are carrying out a consultation over the next month which could give us greater choice of which GP practice to register with.

The survey can either be completed online or you can pick up a copy from your local doctors surgery.

It asks questions like whether you prefer to go to a doctor that's close to where you live, or if it would be better for you to belong to a surgery that is closer to your work.

Questions also include whether it would be better if you could choose a practice that has longer opening hours.

NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent's Assistant Director of Citizen Engagement Sara Warner said: "Most people want a GP practice that's near where they live and convenient for themselves and their family.

"But some people find it difficult to see their GP - for example, those who work full-time and can't get to a practice near their home during the day.

"Other people would like to be able to choose a practice they prefer because it has longer opening hours or offers different services.

"At the moment, people have to choose a GP practice that's close to them and make sure they live within its catchment area. But the Government is looking at options to change this, so people can choose a GP practice that best suits their needs.

"What we need to know is what's important to you? If you would like to have your say I would encourage you to complete the survey."

You can find the survey on the link above or collect one from a surgery and sent it to:

Your Choice of GP Practice, Primary Medical Care, Department of Health, 2E42 Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE