The Cambridgeshire patients waiting more than 3 weeks to see a GP

One in nine Cambridgeshire patients waits more than three weeks for a GP appointment after booking (stock image)
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More than 60,000 people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough had to wait for more than three weeks to see their GP last month. A total of 559,119 GP appointments took place across the NHS in the county in April, according to new NHS data.

Almost half of those (47.9%) took place on the same day of being booked and 70.7% took place within a week of booking. A total of 61,863 had to wait over three weeks from the time they booked the appointment to it taking place.

That works out as one in every nine appointments (11.1%) that took place in April. The proportion has increased from 9.5% of appointments in both March and February.

Across England as a whole, 10.6% of appointments took place more than three weeks after being booked and 67.3% took place within a week. You can the proportion of patients waiting more than 21 days across England since October 2021 using our interactive tool below.

Patients were far more likely to have to wait more than three weeks in other parts of the country. Almost a fifth (19.6%) of appointments in Gloucestershire in April took place more than 21 days after booking – the highest percentage in the country.

In Dorset the ratio was 17.8%, in Norfolk it was 17.6%, in Derby and Derbyshire it was 16.3%, and in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire it was 16.1%. By contrast, only 4.0% of GP appointments in North Central London took place more than 21 days after booking.

In North East London the ratio was 4.6%, in North West London it was 5.1%, in South East London it was 6.0%, in South West London it was 6.0%, and in Coventry and Warwickshire it was 6.6%. You can see the situation in your Integrated Care Board below.

The majority of appointments in England (69.3%) took place within a week of being booked. More than 13.6 million of them (44.6%) took place on the same day.

Dr Amanda Doyle, national director for primary care, 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."

You can check out how long it takes to see a GP at your local practice by using our interactive tool below.