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40K fewer English dispensing practice patients

Marginal decrease in the number of practices

July 26th 2016

Tagged: Dispensary guidance news NHS statistical reports England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

As of January 2016, and compared to 2015, NHS statistics for England show:

  • An increase of 2% in the number of dispensing GPs
  • A decrease of nine dispensing practices (0.8%)
  • A decrease of 1.2% (40,000) in the number of dispensing patients
  • An increase of 20,000 (0.2%) in the number of medical patients seen by dispensing practices

The table below provides the headline figures for the past 10 years. Click here for the NHS spreadsheet.

Practices which have suffered losses of dispensing patients are advised to consider the reasons why. Good customer service will go a long way to keeping patients loyal, and it is important to the CQC. Practices are also reminded of the DDA’s Electronic Prescription Services resource pack, which will help ensure that dispensing patients are not inadvertently lost to pharmacies offering this service – particularly, as the EPS moves into full functionality.

England20062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Dispensing GPs53535311555357315778583060616206630063966522
Dispensing practices11661149113511391129111810861076105910451036
Dispensing patients
(millions)
3.483.493.513.513.463.433.343.313.273.233.19
Medical patients
(millions)
8.278.278.218.278.238.168.218.23
Dispensing patients
per practice
29863038309330853063306430793073308530873082
Medical patients
per practice
72647329734676157649770578527914
Dispensing patients
per doctor
650657632613599588552533519504490
Dispensing GPs
per practice
4.594.624.895.035.125.215.585.775.956.126.24