GP Ratings app launched22nd June 2012
Patients can now use a new iPhone app to pick which GP surgery to register with.
Called ‘GP Ratings’, it has been developed by FineFettleApps.com and provides information on all 8,344 GP surgeries in England by using data from the 11 million responses the Department of Health’s national GP Patient Survey which was undertaken last year.
It uses star ratings to enable people to find their 10 closest surgeries either by entering their postcode or by using GPS technology.
From there, once the patient has picked a surgery, they can take a closer look at it and find out contact details and information such as how many female and male GPs there are in the practice.
It was developed by Mark Barrett who came up with the idea after he became frustrated at the care his family received after switching GP practices and finding they could not book appointments that easily with their new GP.
“After trawling through ten different spreadsheets and nearly 8.5m rows of data I managed to find a better surgery but I realised not everyone knew this information was available,” he said.
It was this realisation that not enough information was available, that made him decide to develop an app that aided patients and the general public.
Barrett chose a number of indicators to focus on, including “how many patients would recommend their surgery” and “how many patients are happy with the surgery opening hours”.
The data had been transformed into a star rating to be easier for people to interpret.
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Title: GP Ratings app launched
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 22192
Date Added: 22nd Jun 2012