About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) shows a data visualisation of a range of GP practice demographics data, presented by practice, cluster, Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), NHS Board and Scotland. The most recent data presented are up to 31 December 2022.

The visualisation shows practice list sizes by age, sex and deprivation (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation). It also highlights changes in practice populations between quarters and the number of patients registered in the last year.

Main points

  • At 31 December 2022, there were 5,915,139 registered patients in Scotland. 
  • The number of registered patients in Scotland has increased by 2% over the past two years.

GP practice demographics for Scotland, 31 December 2022

The number of patients registered in GP practices is larger than the Scottish population as estimated by the National Records of Scotland. For more information please see Appendix 1 of the latest GP Workforce And Practice List Sizes publication.

Further information

For trend analysis of the GP work force and practice list sizes please see the annual GP Workforce and Practice List Sizes publication.

Lists of all GPs and practices in Scotland are updated quarterly on the General Practice web page.

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Versions of this publication released before 16 March 2020 may be found on the Data and Intelligence, Health Protection Scotland or Improving Health websites.

Last updated: 21 March 2024
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