Support offered at GP practices for patients with autism

Mystery shoppers called GP practices posing as newly arrived Islington residents looking for a practice which could accommodate their child’s needs. They stated that their child had a diagnosis of autism.
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Summary

  • Not many practices had staff with any specialist knowledge or training around autism.
  • Some staff suggested sending autistic patients to a better equipped practice.
  • Most practices were happy to give patients with autism longer appointments.
  • There was a lack of quiet spaces for patients with autism to wait.

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Support offered in GP practices for patients with autism