Although people say that in other practices, access is much better, I’ve been contacted by residents of Stockton South telling me how difficult it can be to get an appointment, for themselves or their children, at their GP practices.
I had a meeting with Woodbridge Practice in Ingleby Barwick, and I am pleased to say they have promised four things, to recruit an extra GP, improve their text messaging reminder system, change their telephone system so that people are not just ringing and ringing at 8.30am on a morning and not getting through, they are also going to look at implementing electronic consultations which will help to save everyone time.
I pledged at the election that I would help people to see their GP more quickly, and I will continue to do so. I am working with other practices in the area too to hopefully improve services for everyone.