The list of the best and worst GP practices in North and West Cumbria has been revealed.

In the latest GP Patient Survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England, patients were asked to rate their overall experience of their practice.

The worst ratings were given to the following surgeries:

- Lowther Medical Centre in Whitehaven

- Orchard House Surgery in Workington

- Warwick Square Group Practice in Carlisle

- Fusehill Medical Practice in Carlisle

- Warwick Road Surgery in Carlisle

- Castlegate and Derwent Surgery in Cockermouth

- Fellview Healthcare in Whitehaven

- Carlisle Healthcare

- Eden Medical Group in Carlisle

- The Lakes Medical Practice in Penrith

The ones receiving the highest scores from patients were:

- Caldbeck Surgery

- Shap Medical Practice

- Wigton Group Medical Practice

- Glenridding Health Centre

- Court Thorn Surgery in Carlisle

- Brampton Medical Practice

- Maryport Health Services

- Mansion House Surgery in Whitehaven

- Temple Sowerby Medical Practice in Penrith

- Silloth Group Medical Practice

A spokesman for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Overall there was a positive response to the survey, with 83 per cent of people saying their overall experience of a GP practice in North Cumbria was good or very good, which is above the national average. However, we’re aware that there are still areas that require improvement.

“Historically there have been more GP vacancies in west Cumbria than in some other parts of the county, and this is an area that is now improving. Patients of practices in Workington are able to access Workington Primary Care Centre, which provides urgent same day appointments for all of the practices in Workington. A similar ‘same day’ service has been established in Copeland to improve access for patients in need of an urgent appointment. Both Workington and Copeland practices have set up visiting services, which mean that patients requiring home visits can get seen more quickly. These are some of the innovative ways in which practices are working together to ensure better access for patients despite the recruitment challenges.

“All practices are also offering phone and online video consultations, something which has been embedded during the Covid-19 pandemic and is increasing the range and opportunity for patients to access services more conveniently.”