Reading time: 1 min

Hanging On Holds Back Change

21 Mar 2018 By Octopus Real Estate

It can be difficult trying to book an appointment at your local GP surgery. With demand higher than ever before, GPs and healthcare professionals are trying their hardest to see as many people as possible, but there is a limit to how much they can do in their current facilities.

We recently conducted some research which found that out of 2,035 respondents, 36% said that they went without seeing their GP in the past 12 months because they could not get through on the telephone to make an appointment. Our research also found that this varies by location, with areas such as Birmingham, Plymouth and Cardiff being affected the most – 48% of people in Birmingham went without seeing their GP because they couldn’t get through on the phone, 40% of people in Plymouth and 40% of people in Cardiff had the same issue.

We believe that current technology is leaving a gap in the provision of healthcare and is just one set of pressures on our health system. Countrywide, many GP’s surgeries are in ageing premises that are no longer fit for purpose, but by working with us, we believe that we can show healthcare in a different light.

Our beloved healthcare system lies at the heart of the UK and its lifesaving work is unwavering, so it’s important that we support our healthcare professionals where we can.

What can be done to help? Merging GP practices together on a local level into new, modern, quality buildings is one major solution. Bigger, better buildings will help attract and retain staff, offer better technology, such as booking systems, so patients can get through on the phone, and ultimately help cut waiting lists and improve the range and quality of service.

Purpose built surgeries are more efficient places to work and enable GPs and nurses to provide healthcare for the local community whilst letting partners look after the bricks and mortar. We believe that better technology combined with better buildings make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing.

Working hand in hand with healthcare professionals and the NHS, we believe in a brighter healthcare future and are committed to supporting the UK’s healthcare system. For more examples of how we’re working with primary care providers, click here

Related articles

Our new partnership with Homes England, Greener Homes Alliance
21 Oct 2021

Our new partnership with Homes England, Greener Homes Alliance

Octopus Real Estate have partnered with Homes England, the Government’s housing delivery agency, to create the Greener Homes Alliance. The new Alliance commits £175 million, providing both loan finance and expert support to SME housebuilders, enabling them to build more high quality, energy efficient homes throughout England.
Ground-breaking Ceremony at Brendoncare St Giles View
1 Jul 2021

Ground-breaking Ceremony at Brendoncare St Giles View

Benjamin Davis & Michael Toft from the Octopus team recently attended the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the new care home construction of Bredoncare St Giles View in Winchester. It has been custom designed by our healthcare development team for The Brendoncare Foundation who will lease and operate the new home.