PATIENTS living in the south west will have the opportunity to tell the NHS about their experiences of using services at their GP practice.

The GP Patient Survey is inviting two million people aged 16 and over from more than 7,000 practices across England to take part.

The survey will provide detailed information about the range of ways people interact with primary care staff and how good that experience is. This will play a key role in helping understand what’s working and what needs to improve.

Those who are randomly selected to take part will receive a letter over the next few weeks, along with the survey.

Nikki Holmes, head of primary care NHS England South West, said: “If you get a survey in January, please take part as it provides vital information to help improve local services and inform national decisions.”

“You can help by encouraging other people you know to complete it, if they’re invited.

“It is important for GP practices and for the wider NHS to find out what is working well and what needs improvement, so we can ensure that services keep getting better and are meeting the needs of patients.”