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Publication, Part of

Appointments in General Practice February 2020

Official statistics, Experimental statistics


The aim of the publication is to inform users about activity and usage of GP appointments historically and how primary care is impacted by seasonal pressures, such as winter.

NHS Digital publishes this information to support winter preparedness and provide information about some activity within primary care. The publication covers historic appointments, marked as attended or did not attend, from national to CCG coverage. The aim is to inform users, who range from a healthcare professional to an inquiring citizen, about appointments within primary care.

The publication includes data from participating practices using EMIS, TPP, MICROTEST and VISION GP systems.

NHS Digital produce this information monthly, containing information about the most recent month and previous months.

The publication includes important information, however it does not show the totality of GP activity/workload. The data presented only contains information which was captured on the GP practice systems. This limits the activity reported on and does not represent all work happening within a primary care setting or assess the complexity of activity.

No patient identifiable information has been collected or is included in this release.

Number of Appointments

25 million appointments are estimated to have happened in February 2020

Weekend appointments

There were 200 thousand weekend appointments in February 2020

Of these weekend appointments, 93% were face to face, compared to 81% for weekday appointments.

Appointments in London

There were 3.3 million appointments in the London region in February 2020

Of these London appointments, 63% were with a GP, compared to 52% of appointments in England.

Interactive data visualisation

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Last edited: 8 June 2021 9:08 am