Do you need to sign up to a new GP? Switching your doctor can be daunting, whether it’s down to moving to a new area or your old GP retiring. It’s an important decision so you need to take your time to ensure you’re choosing the best one.
Here, you’ll discover some of the main factors to consider when choosing your GP.
Where is the practice located?
The first thing you’ll want to pay attention to is where the practice is located. Ideally, you’ll want it to be near to home. However, did you know you can also potentially sign up to a practice that’s further away?
GPs in England have been able to sign up patients from further afield since 2015. However, not all surgeries will accept patients who don’t live in the area. So, this is something you’ll want to check.
Do they have a good reputation?
These days, it’s possible to see which GPs are recommended thanks to the internet. Many GP practices have their own social media pages, with patients providing feedback on their services. Through here, you can get an idea of the reputation of a GP.
While you’d expect a GP to be fully qualified and good at their job, this sadly isn’t always the case. Mistakes can also happen, so it’s worth checking they haven’t been involved in a GP negligence claim. Ask friends and family for recommendations too as they might be able to refer you.
How quickly can you get an appointment?
One of the things to look out for when you’re choosing a GP, is how quickly you can get an appointment. Many GP practices these days are overly busy. This means getting an appointment can be tricky. This is especially true if the GP is highly recommended.
When you’re researching different local surgeries, look for feedback relating to appointment times. If long appointment waiting times are an issue, you can bet patients will have complained about it online.
What services do they offer?
Each GP is different and some offer slightly different services than others. For example, some may offer digital appointment booking and prescription deliveries. Others may require you to make appointments strictly over the phone.
Look at the services the GP offers to ensure it matches your needs. If you live in a remote setting, getting to pick up your prescriptions might be a challenge. Therefore, you’d need a GP that delivers prescriptions.
Does the GP offer at home visits and do they have an out of hours service? These are some of the things you need to consider. Making sure you choose the right GP is important. Never rush to sign up to the first GP you find.