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The areas of Lancashire with the fewest GPs, according to latest NHS figures

The areas of England that have the highest ratio of patients to GPs has been revealed in a new analysis of NHS data. 

Procurement contract database, Tracker analysed NHS Digital data from November 2022, to uncover which areas of England have the highest proportion of patients to every GP. 

They looked at the total number of patients registered at GP practices throughout England and considered the total number of GPs working in each practice area.

East Lancashire was found to have the worst patient coverage across the Lancashire and South Cumbira Integrated Care Board (ICB), with 1 GP to every 1,515 patients; or 263 GPs covering 398,556 registered patients. Morecambe Bay on the other hand offers the best patient coverage in the area, at 1 GP for every to 1,196 patients.

Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB coverage ranked from best to worst:

  • Morecambe Bay (1 GP to 1,196 patients)
  • Blackburn With Darwen (1 GP to 1,371 patients)
  • Greater Preston (1 GP to 1,421 patients)
  • Blackpool (1 GP to 1,439 patients)
  • Fylde and Wyre (1 GP to 1,472 patients)
  • Chorley and South Ribble (1 GP to 1,490 patients)
  • West Lancashire (1 GP to 1,514 patients)
  • East Lancashire (1 GP to 1,515 patients)

Highest Number of Patients per GP in England:

1. Hull, Humber and North Yorkshire (1 GP to 2,063 patients) 

Hull ranked as having the highest proportion of patients to GPs. Hull, which is part of the NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) was found to have one GP to for every 2,063 registered patients. This was based on a total of 309,456 registered patients and 150 GPs. 

2. North East Lincolnshire, Humber and North Yorkshire (1 GP to 1,894 patients) 

North East Lincolnshire ranked as the second highest ratio of patients to GPs. This area which also falls under the Humber and North Yorkshire ICB, was found to have one GP to every 1,894 patients; a total of 172,344 registered patients and 91 GPs. 

3. Cannock Chase, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (1 GP to 1,799 patients) 

Cannock Chase ranked as the third highest proportion of patients to GPs. This area, which falls under the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB, has one GP for every 1,799 patients; a total of 136,744 registered patients and 76 GPs. 

4. Portsmouth, Hampshire and Isle of Wight (1 GP to 1,774 patients) 

Portsmouth ranked as having the fourth highest number of patients to GPs. This area which falls under the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICB, has one GP for every 1,774 patients. This was based on a total of 232,339 registered patients and 131 GPs. 

5. Thurrock, Mid and South Essex (1 GP to 1,766 patients) 

Thurrock, part of the Mid and South Essex ICB, ranked fifth with one GP for every 1,766 patients. This was based on a total of 185,482 registered patients and 105 GPs across the care board. 

Wirral, Cheshire and Merseyside was found to have the lowest rates, at one GP to every 905 patients. This was based on 377 GPs overseeing 341,223 registered patients across this region. 

A spokesperson for Tracker commented on the findings:  

“By grouping patients and GPs by their Integrated Care Boards, this data offers a fascinating insight into which areas GPs are likely to be feeling the most strain, and where patients will more likely struggle to see a practitioner. 

“The data, which looked at 62.2 million patient registrations across 106 different care boards, found that on average there is one GP for every 1,344 patients across England.  

“GPs based in Hull were found to have 53.5% more patients each than the national average, while GPs based in Wirral appear to have 32.7% fewer patients, compared to the rest of England. 

“While patients are not going to be split evenly among each GP, the findings offer an insight into which areas are likely to experience further pressure, if doctors are not encouraged to train and practise in these areas.” 

Full list of Areas and NHS Integrated Care Boards

 Area Integrated Care Board Total number of registered patients Total number of GPs No. patients to every GP 
Hull NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB – 03F Hull 309,456 150 2,063 
North East Lincolnshire NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB – 03H North East Lincolnshire 172,344 91 1,894 
Cannock Chase NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB – 04Y Cannock Chase 136,744 76 1,799 
Portsmouth NHS Hampshire and Isle Of Wight ICB – 10R Portsmouth 232,339 131 1,774 
Thurrock NHS Mid and South Essex ICB – 07G Thurrock 185,482 105 1,766 
North East Essex NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB – 06T North East Essex 369,026 210 1,757 
Knowsley NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 01J Knowsley 170,506 98 1,740 
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICB – M1J4Y 1,088,389 649 1,677 
Basildon and Brentwood NHS Mid and South Essex ICB – 99E Basildon and Brentwood 287,933 173 1,664 
10 Stoke-on-Trent NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB – 05W Stoke on Trent 300,787 181 1,662 
11 Berkshire West NHS Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICB – 15A Berkshire West 576,849 353 1,634 
12 East Staffordshire NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB – 05D East Staffordshire 149,867 93 1,611 
13 Kent and Medway NHS Kent and Medway ICB – 91Q 1,981,617 1,233 1,607 
14 North West London NHS North West London ICB – W2U3Z 2,819,806 1,779 1,585 
15 Bassetlaw NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB – 02Q Bassetlaw 123,583 78 1,584 
16 Barnsley NHS South Yorkshire ICB – 02P Barnsley 267,054 169 1,580 
17 Stafford and Surrounds NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB – 05V Stafford and Surrounds 153,221 97 1,580 
18 Ipswich and East Suffolk NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB – 06L Ipswich and East Suffolk 421,264 267 1,578 
19 Castle Point and Rochford NHS Mid and South Essex ICB – 99F Castle Point and Rochford 187,010 119 1,572 
20 Mid Essex NHS Mid and South Essex ICB – 06Q Mid Essex 409,450 265 1,545 
21 East Riding of Yorkshire NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB – 02Y East Riding of Yorkshire 310,488 202 1,537 
22 Bury NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 00V Bury 209,405 137 1,529 
23 North East London NHS North East London ICB – A3A8R 2,385,832 1,569 1,521 
24 East Lancashire NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB – 01A East Lancashire 398,556 263 1,515 
25 West Lancashire NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB – 02G West Lancashire 116,603 77 1,514 
26 Lincolnshire NHS Lincolnshire ICB – 71E 812,461 537 1,513 
27 Brighton and Hove NHS Sussex ICB – 09D Brighton and Hove 331,759 222 1,494 
28 Chorley and South Ribble NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB – 00X Chorley and South Ribble 189,288 127 1,490 
29 Fylde and Wyre NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB – 02M Fylde and Wyre 184,061 125 1,472 
30 South East London NHS South East London ICB – 72Q 2,068,588 1,412 1,465 
31 Tees Valley NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB – 16C Tees Valley 722,880 496 1,457 
32 Doncaster NHS South Yorkshire ICB – 02X Doncaster 330,796 227 1,457 
33 Sunderland NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB – 00P Sunderland 288,839 200 1,444 
34 Oldham NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 00Y Oldham 263,594 183 1,440 
35 Blackpool NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB – 00R Blackpool 177,016 123 1,439 
36 Northamptonshire NHS Northamptonshire ICB – 78H 821,097 572 1,435 
37 Southend NHS Mid and South Essex ICB – 99G Southend 190,857 133 1,435 
38 Kirklees NHS West Yorkshire ICB – X2C4Y Kirklees 453,384 316 1,435 
39 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICB – 06H 1,028,705 717 1,435 
40 East Sussex NHS Sussex ICB – 97R East Sussex 570,478 401 1,423 
41 South Tyneside NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB – 00N South Tyneside 159,177 112 1,421 
42 Greater Preston NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB – 01E Greater Preston 224,550 158 1,421 
43 East and North Hertfordshire NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB – 06K East and North Hertfordshire 620,212 437 1,419 
44 Staffs and Seisdon Peninsula NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB – 05Q SE Staffs and Seisdon Peninsula 219,820 155 1,418 
45 West Sussex NHS Sussex ICB – 70F West Sussex 929,641 659 1,411 
46 Leicester City NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB – 04C Leicester City 432,911 308 1,406 
47 Calderdale NHS West Yorkshire ICB – 02T Calderdale 223,180 159 1,404 
48 Southport and Formby NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 01V Southport and Formby 127,001 91 1,396 
49 Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICB – M2L0M 523,319 377 1,388 
50 Rotherham NHS South Yorkshire ICB – 03L Rotherham 268,705 194 1,385 
51 North Lincolnshire NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB – 03K North Lincolnshire 183,865 133 1,382 
52 North Central London NHS North Central London ICB – 93C 1,772,807 1,288 1,376 
53 St Helens NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 01X St Helens 200,584 146 1,374 
54 Blackburn With Darwen NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB – 00Q Blackburn With Darwen 182,320 133 1,371 
55 Frimley NHS Frimley ICB – D4U1Y 822,041 602 1,366 
56 Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight NHS Hampshire and Isle Of Wight ICB – D9Y0V Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight 1,704,569 1,261 1,352 
57 North Cumbria NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB – 01H North Cumbria 331,453 246 1,347 
58 Norfolk and Waveney NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB – 26A 1,081,717 807 1,340 
59 Warrington NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 02E Warrington 225,491 169 1,334 
60 Manchester NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 14L Manchester 712,156 534 1,334 
61 West Leicestershire NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB – 04V West Leicestershire 413,665 311 1,330 
62 Black Country NHS Black Country ICB – D2P2L 1,298,523 977 1,329 
63 Dorset NHS Dorset ICB – 11J 824,598 628 1,313 
64 Wigan Borough NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 02H Wigan Borough 341,146 260 1,312 
65 Salford NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 01G Salford 306,610 235 1,305 
66 County Durham NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB – 84H County Durham 563,510 432 1,304 
67 Buckinghamshire NHS Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICB – 14Y Buckinghamshire 582,700 447 1,304 
68 South West London NHS South West London ICB – 36L 1,738,799 1,335 1,302 
69 Halton NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 01F Halton 135,011 104 1,298 
70 West Essex NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB – 07H West Essex 326,794 252 1,297 
71 Bradford District and Craven NHS West Yorkshire ICB – 36J Bradford District and Craven 655,558 506 1,296 
72 Wakefield NHS West Yorkshire ICB – 03R Wakefield 391,140 303 1,291 
73 West Suffolk NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB – 07K West Suffolk 264,854 209 1,267 
74 Nottingham and Nottinghamshire NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB – 52R Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 1,134,331 896 1,266 
75 Surrey Heartlands NHS Surrey Heartlands ICB – 92A 1,132,677 895 1,266 
76 Tameside and Glossop NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 01Y Tameside and Glossop 221,267 175 1,264 
77 Herts Valleys NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB – 06N Herts Valleys 675,244 535 1,262 
78 North Staffordshire NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB – 05G North Staffordshire 218,459 174 1,256 
79 Leeds NHS West Yorkshire ICB – 15F Leeds 917,700 731 1,255 
80 Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Coventry and Warwickshire ICB – B2M3M 1,069,685 855 1,251 
81 South Sefton NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 01T South Sefton 157,678 127 1,242 
82 Derby and Derbyshire NHS Derby and Derbyshire ICB – 15M 1,117,511 908 1,231 
83 Somerset NHS Somerset ICB – 11X 599,259 488 1,228 
84 Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 01D Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale 244,385 200 1,222 
85 Cheshire NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 27D Cheshire 803,793 665 1,209 
86 Newcastle Gateshead NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB – 13T Newcastle Gateshead 545,971 453 1,205 
87 Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICB – 92G 988,993 822 1,203 
88 Trafford NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 02A Trafford 247,694 206 1,202 
89 Gloucestershire NHS Gloucestershire ICB – 11M 680,726 567 1,201 
90 Birmingham and Solihull NHS Birmingham and Solihull ICB – 15E 1,583,927 1,321 1,199 
91 North Tyneside NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB – 99C North Tyneside 225,303 188 1,198 
92 East Leicestershire and Rutland NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB – 03W East Leicestershire and Rutland 354,426 296 1,197 
93 Morecambe Bay NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB – 01K Morecambe Bay 356,334 298 1,196 
94 Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB – 15C 1,067,537 893 1,195 
95 Bolton NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 00T Bolton 323,038 272 1,188 
96 Sheffield NHS South Yorkshire ICB – 03N Sheffield 629,524 532 1,183 
97 Herefordshire and Worcestershire NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire ICB – 18C 820,981 695 1,181 
98 Oxfordshire NHS Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICB – 10Q Oxfordshire 806,112 690 1,168 
99 Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly NHS Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly ICB – 11N 600,325 526 1,141 
100 Vale of York NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB – 03Q Vale of York 369,073 332 1,112 
101 Stockport NHS Greater Manchester ICB – 01W Stockport 322,878 302 1,069 
102 North Yorkshire NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB – 42D North Yorkshire 439,873 413 1,065 
103 Devon NHS Devon ICB – 15N 1,279,709 1,219 1,050 
104 Northumberland NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB – 00L Northumberland 335,121 322 1,041 
105 Liverpool NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 99A Liverpool 575,222 574 1,002 
106 Wirral NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB – 12F Wirral 341,223 377 905 
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