Full list of GP surgeries where patients wait over 21 days for appointments

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More than three million people in England had to wait over three weeks to see their GP last month, shocking new figures have revealed.

According to the latest NHS data, a total of 30.4 million GP appointments took place across England in April. But less than half of those (44.6 percent) took place on the same day of booking.

A total of 3.2 million patients had to wait more than three weeks from the time they booked their appointment to it taking place.

That works out as more than one in every 10 appointments (10.6 percent) that took place in April.

This is an increase compared to 9.4 percent of appointments in March and 8.8 percent in February, but is below the record high of 13.4 percent in October last year.

However, where you live has a huge impact on how long you have to wait to see a GP.

Worst hit for waiting times was Gloucestershire where almost a fifth (19.6 percent) of appointments in April took place more than 21 days after booking.

In Dorset the ratio was 17.8 percent, in Norfolk it was 17.6 percent, in Derby and Derbyshire it was 16.3 percent, and in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire it was 16.1 percent.

The full list of where your area ranks for GP waiting times can be found below.

In stark contrast, only four percent of GP appointments in North Central London took place more than three weeks after booking.

Other parts of London were also among the better performing regions.

In North East London the ratio was 4.6 percent, in North West London it was 5.1 percent, in South East London it was six percent, in South West London it was six percent, and in Coventry and Warwickshire it was 6.6 percent.

The majority of appointments in England (69.3 percent) took place within a week of being booked.

Over 13.6 million of them (44.6 percent) took place on the same day.

You can check out how long it takes to see a GP at your local practice below.

Commenting on the data, Dr Amanda Doyle, national director for primary care at NHS England said: “Thanks to GPs and their hardworking teams, millions more appointments are being delivered every month compared to before the pandemic with plans in place to improve access even further.

“Every GP practice is upgrading their telephone systems to make it easier for patients to contact their surgery, while patients can use the NHS app to order repeat prescriptions and view their test results without needing to contact their family doctor.

“We know there is more to do to make it easier for patients to access GP services and that’s why, building on the successes so far of the primary care access recovery plan, we continue to expand pharmacy services and offer patients more choice in how they access care.”

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