Have your say on borough’s GP practices

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Residents are being asked for their views on family doctors in North Tyneside.

Health officials are developing a new primary care strategy to meet current and future healthcare needs.

And healthcare professionals are also being asked to contribute to the findings which are focused on quality, care and staffing.

Dr Martin Wright, a North Tyneside GP and medical director of NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are constantly striving to provide the best experience possible for people when they visit a family doctor.

“The local surgery is very often the first port of call for anyone concerned about a health issue so it makes sense that we ask people for their views on this service.

“Their opinions, and those of healthcare professionals, will help to shape a new GP strategy for North Tyneside.

“This is important as it lets us know what patients feel about services currently on offer and what they would like to see in the future.”

The deadline for responses is January 8, 2016.

For more information or to have your say visit www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk or call (0191) 217 2670.

Dr Wright added: “We are looking to ensure that when people see their doctor, they can do so quickly and with as little stress as possible, helped by staff who are happy, well-trained and present in sufficient numbers to offer the best care they can.

“We also want to put patients at the very heart of what we offer.

“We’d love to hear what people have to say about their local GPs and surgeries but I would urge anyone thinking of taking part to get in touch without delay.”

After all responses have been evaluated, the CCG will devise the primary care strategy which should be available from summer 2016.