Even before the pandemic, GPs said they were over-stretched and under pressure.
But it appears that the vast majority of us in MK are happy with how our local practice operates, according to the latest GP Patient Survey, produced by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England.
The survey contacted 2.3 million people nationally to gather information on how patients feel about their local GP and it reveals the best and worst surgeries in Milton Keynes and beyond.
Across the country, around a third of patients contacted returned the survey and the majority described the overall experience as ‘very good’ (44%) or ‘fairly good’ (38%).
Not everyone is as happy with their local practice though — 5% said their overall experience was ‘fairly poor’ and 2% described it as ‘very poor’. The survey was carried out before the pandemic, between January and March 2020.
Here we reveal the GP practices in Milton Keynes which were voted the best/worst by you.
Newport Pagnell Medical Centre had one of the biggest number of responses with 271 forms returned. Of these, 35% said the practice was very good, 47% said it was fairly good, while 8% said it was neither good nor poor. Another 4% said it was poor and 6% descried it as very poor.
At the town's Kingfisher Kingfisher Surgery, 33% of patients said the practice was very good, while 41% were happy it was fairly good. Another 18% described it as neither good not poor, 6% said it was fairly poor and 2% said it was very poor.
Hilltops Medical Centre at Great Holm had one of the biggest number of 'very poor' ratings. The practice had 196 forms returned. Of these, 17% of patients said it was very good, 37% said it was fairly good, while 16% said it was neither good nor poor. Another 20% said it was poor and 9% described it as very poor.
On a par with 'very poor' ratings was Brooklands Health Centre at Broughton. The practice had 142 forms returned. Of these, 18% of patients said it was very good, 45% said it was fairly good, while 21% said it was neither good nor poor. Another 8% said it was poor and 9% descried it as very poor.
Stony Medical Centre in Stony Stratford prompted 141 forms returned. 33% of patients described it as very good, 32% said it was fairly good, 20% said it was neither poor nor good, and 10% felt it was fairly poor. Another 5% described the practice as very poor.
The Stonedean Practice, also in Stony Stratford, had 87 responses, 57% were very good, 34% fairly good, 8% neither good nor poor. Nobody described the practice as fairly poor but 1% said it was 'very poor'.