To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time for patients to see their GP in Bexley has been for (a) non-emergency appointments and (b) emergency appointments in the last twelve months.
Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) currently only captures data from four of its 23 general practices due to interoperability issues with one of the clinical system suppliers. However, national roll out of a new system to share this data is expected this month, meaning the relevant data for the remaining practices in Bexley should be available from May 2019.
The time between booking an appointment with a general practice and having the appointment, in days, for the practices where data is currently collected in Bexley CCG is presented in the attached table for the last available published date which was February 2019. A 12 month average from March 2018 - February 2019 has also been presented along with a comparison to the average across all appointments in England. NHS Digital’s ‘Appointments in General Practice’ data is published monthly with a two-month time lag.
The appointments data does not differentiate between emergency and routine appointments in general practice and the ‘time from booking to appointment’ does not take into consideration that many patients will be appropriately booking ahead as part of the continuity of care they receive for long-term conditions.
March 2018 to February 2019
2 to 7 Days
8 to 14 Days
15 to 21 Days
22 to 28 Days
More than 28 Days
The time between booking an appointment with a general practice and having the appointment, in days, for all data available in Bexley CCG is presented above for the last published month February 2019 and as a 12 month average from March 2018 - February 2019 along with a comparison to the average across all appointments in England.