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Measuring patients’ patience: Leeds residents wait for doctor’s appointment up to eleven days

Nearly a quarter of patients ay they have to contact their GP several times to secure a slot, too. Almost one in four Leeds residents have been forced to self diagnose as they’re forced to wait nearly 11 days before they are seen by a GP.

Boyes Turner Claims, medical negligence experts, conducted research that found those looking to book a GP appointment in Leeds are typically forced to wait 10.8 days before seeing their GP.

The research, which analysed NHS Digital data on waiting times alongside a national survey of UK adults who have tried to see their GP in the last six months, found that 22 per cent of people living in Leeds had to contact their GP several times before they could book an appointment but failed as they weren’t any slots left or they couldn’t get through to reception staff.

On average, it took them 3.5 days to get booked in, and then there was an average additional wait of 7.3 days before the appointment took place.

Only 12 per cent were seen on the same day but 14 per cent waited more than a month in total. Some 24 per cent said they’re still waiting to get an appointment.

Across the nation, on average, people said they have had to wait at least one week to secure an appointment, but 10 per cent had waited 15 days or more.

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

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