The majority of patients (71%) had a good experience booking an appointment, according to the latest GP Patient Survey, produced by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England.
This is up from 65% in the 2020 survey.
The issue of whether GPs are offering enough face-to-face appointments as Covid-19 restrictions ease remains hotly debated.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has now unveiled a £250m package for GPs in England to improve access to their services - but only if they increase the number of in-person consultations.
GP groups have responded angrily, accusing ministers of failing to grasp the scale of the staffing crisis affecting surgeries.
The patient survey contacted 2.4 million people from January to April of this year to gather information on how patients feel about their local GP service, and around a third of them responded.
They also shed light on people’s experiences of booking an appointment locally.
Here we reveal the GP practices in Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group area which were voted the hardest to make an appointment at.
Surgeries are ranked by the proportion of patients who said their experience of booking an appointment was ‘very poor’.
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5. Alnwick Medical Group
There were 281 survey forms sent out to patients at Alnwick Medical Group. The response rate was 50.5%. When asked about their experience of making an appointment, 9.2% said it was very poor and 15.1% said it was fairly poor.
There were 265 survey forms sent out to patients at Coquet Medical Group in Amble. The response rate was 47.2%. When asked about their experience of making an appointment, 7.1% said it was very poor and 10.2% said it was fairly poor.
7. White Medical Group
There were 263 survey forms sent out to patients at White Medical Group in Ponteland. The response rate was 49.4%. When asked about their experience of making an appointment, 6.6% said it was very poor and 7.2% said it was fairly poor.
8. Widdrington Surgery
There were 279 survey forms sent out to patients at Widdrington Surgery. The response rate was 46.2%. When asked about their experience of making an appointment, 6.1% said it was very poor and 5.1% said it was fairly poor.