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.
Only 14% of respondents at Oakridge Park Medical Centre felt the practice was 'very good. But 51% were happy to describe it as 'fairly good. 18% said it was neither good nor poor, 15% said it was fairly poor and 3% felt it was very poor.
At nearby Purbeck Health Centre on Stantonbury, 32% of respondent said the practice was very good. Another 42% said it was fairly good and 15% said it was neither good nor poor. 8% said fairly poor and 2% rated it as very poor.
Westcroft Health Centre was another one low on the 'very good' ratings, with just 17% of 158 respondents using that term. But a satisfying 54% rated the practice as fairly good. Another 16% said it was neither good nor poor, while 19% said fairly poor and 2% rated it as 'very poor'.
Ashfield Medical Centre on Beanhill had a high poor rating. Of the 129 respondents, 26% said it was very good, while 39% said it was fairly good, Another 21% described it as neither good nor poor, but 7 said it was fairly poor and another 7% used the term 'very poor'.
At The Grove Surgery on nearby Netherfield, 35% said it was very good and 48% fairly good. Another 8% said it was neither good nor poor, while 8% said fairly poor and 1% rated it as 'very poor'.
At Neath Hill Health Centre, 39% said the practice was very good and 46% fairly good. Another 4% said it was neither good nor poor, while 6% said fairly poo. However, 5% rated it as 'very poor'.
Fishermead Medical Centre had a 6% 'very poor' rating. But 38% of responding patients said the practice was very good and 36% said it was fairly good, Another 15% described it as neither good nor poor, but 6% said it was fairly poor