PATIENTS in Ellesmere Port will have their say on how GP services can be improved.

NHS survey questionnaires are being sent to more than five million people in England who are registered with practices asking them for their views.

This is the third successive year the Department of Health has run the GP patient survey and from April it will operate every quarter to ensure that the NHS has regular and timely feedback.

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said: “This new survey with wider questions will ensure patients can have their say about the issues that matter most to them.

“Where patients identify areas for improvement, the local NHS will need to respond. I hope everyone who receives a questionnaire will take the time to fill it in and help to drive improvements in healthcare by giving us an accurate picture of patients’ experiences of local GP services.”

In response to patients’ calls for quick access to GP appointments at convenient times in last year’s survey, people can also now book one up to two weeks in advance, in the evenings and on Saturday mornings at Ellesmere Port Hospital.

- For further details on the GP survey, including a copy of the new questionnaire, visit