HUNDREDS of patients registered with GPs are being urged to complete questionnaires seeking their views on the standard of care they receive.

A total of 850 people are being sent the forms by Wyre Forest Primary Care Trust and are asked to say what they think about their experiences.

Topics covered range from making appointments to communication with health care professionals, as well as quality of care, information and medicines.

Dr James Goodman, chairman of the PCT's professional executive committee, said: "We hope that our patients will take the time to help us with this survey. We need a 50 per cent response rate."

He added: "We will be looking in detail at the results to see where we are performing well and where we can improve services for people in Wyre Forest.

"This is an excellent way for patients to help shape the services we provide for the future."

Results will be submitted to the Healthcare Commission - the statutory body assessing healthcare organisations' performance - by March.

The findings will contribute to national performance indicators and star ratings published by the Healthcare Commission.