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Dispensing numbers stable in Wales

Practice and population numbers show only marginal decline

April 10th 2015

Tagged: NHS statistical reports Wales

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Dispensing practice numbers and patient populations in Wales are remaining stable, latest data  for Wales shows.

The data shows that at the end of 2014 (compared to December 2013) there were:

  • 83 dispensing practices (-2; -2.3%)
  • 196,095 dispensing patients (-584; -0.3%)
  • 309,633 medical patients registered at a dispensing practice (-3,551; -1.13%)

During 2014, 10 general practices closed, representing 1.8% of the 550 practices in operation at the end of 2013. Dispensing practices now represent 15.4% of Welsh GP practices. On average, dispensing practices in Wales dispense for 63% of their registered patient populations.

Other Welsh statistics show that the number of GP practitioners in Wales (excluding registrars, retainers and locums) was 2,006 at 30 September 2014, 20 fewer (%) than the previous year and an increase of 190 (10.5%) since 2004.

These statistics show that on average there are 4.39 GPs per dispensing practice and 1,380.46 medical patients per dispensing GP, compared to  4.38 GPs per non dispensing practice and 1,616.2 medical patients per  non dispensing GP.