Vote of confidence for local GP surgery


The GP surgery in the village of Marshfield has emerged as one of the most highly-rated by local residents in an extensive survey undertaken by local MP Steve Webb.   The Lib Dem MP conducted a health and social care survey across the whole Thornbury & Yate constituency and received well over 6,000 replies. 

Marshfield_surgery_pic.jpgOne of the questions gave residents the chance to rate the service that they received from their local GP practice in the last year.   Whilst final results are still being collated, one surgery which secured very high ratings was Marshfield surgery, with more than 90% of respondents rating it ‘very good’ or ‘good’.   The surgery is part of the ‘Three Shires’ practice, and the other surgeries in the group at Wick and Pucklechurch were also strongly rated, with more than 80% positive for the three practices in the constituency taken together.

Steve Webb has now visited the surgery to pass on the good news and thanked GP Dr Richard Prince, practice manager Mike Lodge and surgery manager Vanessa Lodge, for all their hard work.   Steve Webb said:

“A very strong theme from my survey is how much people who live in village communities value their local GP surgery.  From speaking to Dr Prince and his colleagues, it is clear that they are committed to providing a quality service to local people, and the results of my survey bear this out.  We must do all that we can to enable local community surgeries to thrive”.

Practice manager Mike Lodge said:

“We were very pleased when our local MP got in touch to give us such positive feedback about the services that we provide.   Providing health services in individual local communities can be expensive, but we know that people really appreciate a truly local service and the chance to build up a relationship with their GP”.

Dr Richard Prince said:

 “We are extremely grateful for the positive feedback we received in the recent survey. These are challenging times for General Practice. Maintaining a viable local service depends so much on the hard work of our reception and nursing staff, as well as the understanding of a fantastic local population.

A big thanks from all at the Three Shires”


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