Gypsies and Travellers are known to have poorer health outcomes and have the lowest life expectancy of any seldom heard group and it was identified that poor access to, and uptake of health services, especially to primary care is a major factor in these health inequalities.
In order to understand why this community is struggling to access health services, we visited the local authority Gypsy and Traveller site called Cottingley Springs. We spoke to residents and we asked people what worked well and what could be improved.
They told us that the majority of people want it to be easier to register with a GP practice. They would also like to be able to choose a GP practice of their choice.
This report makes a series of recommendations to the project team who will use the findings of the engagement to improve healthcare and health outcomes for the residents. These recommendations include providing clear information on which GP practices are available and making it easier for people from the Gypsy and Traveller community to register with a GP of their choice.