NHS data has revealed the busiest GP practices across Nottinghamshire by highlighting how many patients they have for every doctor. Nine surgeries spread across the city and county have more than 5,000 patients for every full time general practitioner as of February 28th.
Parliament Street Medical Center in Nottingham city center ranks highest, employing 0.58 full time equivalent doctors and has 7,782 patients and creating a ratio of more than 13,000 per GP. This high number may be partly due to an increase in patients following the closure of Platform One in Station Street.
Next highest is Balderton Surgery, which holds 6,288 patients and has 0.72 full time GPs – 8,733 patients per doctor. On the other end of the scale Abbey Medical Group, which has 12,000 patients in Blidworth, has a ratio of 572 patients per GP and the Forest Practice in Radford has 591.
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The ratio of patients to GPs has grown nationally, with practices now dealing with roughly 9,500 patients each, compared to 7,465 seven years ago. The increase has been due to a number of factors, such as falling staff numbers, closing surgeries and growing patient lists.
Here are the top 10 busiest surgeries, judging by their patient to GP ratio:
One full time GP is equal to 37.5 hours of working per week.
10. St Peter’s Medical Practice – Mansfield
The busiest practice in Mansfield, St Peter’s Medical Practice has 2,809 patients and 0.59 full time GPs. This works out at 4,788 patients per doctor.
9. Jacksdale Medical Center
The surgery has a patient list of 4,202 as of the end of February, with 0.83 GPs in full time employment. Creating a ratio of 5,074 patients for each GP.
8. Radford Medical Practice
The practice, which doubles as a health center for Nottingham Trent University students, has 5,218 patients per GP. It provides care for a total of 23,030 – the highest on this list – but employs just 4.4 full time equivalent GPs.
7. Kirkby Community Primary Care Center
6,929 people are registered with this practice that has only 1.1 full time GPs. It means this equates to 5,905 patients per doctor.
6. JRB Healthcare – Beechdale
This practice has 6,313 patients and 1.1 full time GPs on its books. This works out at 5,918 patients for every 37.5 hours that a GP works.
5. Broad Oak Medical Practice – Aspley
Less than a 10 minute drive down the road from JRB healthcare, Broad Oak Medical Center has 6,019 patients for every full time GP. It has 6,100 patients registered and has 1.01 full time GPs.
4. Ashfield House – Annesley
Situated in Annesley, Ashfield House has one GP who is full time. However they have to deal with a list of 6,020, creating a simple to work out ratio.
3. Hama Medical Center – Kimberley
This practice, based in Kimberley in the Broxtowe borough, has 5,274 patients and 0.64 full time doctors. This means the surgery has 8,240 patients for every GP.
2. Balderton Surgery
This Newark-based surgery has a total of 6,288 patients. It employs 0.72 full time equivalent GPs, creating a ratio of 8,733.
1. Parliament Street Medical Center – Nottingham
The surgery, situated in Upper Parliament Street in Nottingham city center, is significantly higher than the rest. With 7,782 patients and 0.58 full time GPs, this means Parliament Street Medical Center has a sky-high ratio of 13,331 patients for every full time GP.
A spokesperson for Nottingham City General Practice Alliance, which owns the surgery, said: “At the time of contract transfer to NCGPA on 1st July 2021, we inherited a general practice team with very few doctors. We have made enormous and continuous efforts to recruit salaried GPs to join the practice, with little success to date.
“In order to ensure we can provide adequate appointments and a clinically safe service we have been using locum GPs for the last nine months. We do routinely report numbers of locum sessions to the NHS, but these have not been included in the data source being referenced. We continue to actively advertise for the vacant GP posts, as the use of locums is very expensive. “