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Four out of five patients registered with a GP in Scotland visited their practice at least once last year, new statistics show.

The average person saw someone at their practice 5.8 times a year. Of these contacts, just over half (57 per cent) were with a GP, while 24 per cent were with a practice nurse, figures from NHS Scotland's information department show.

The commonest complaints seen by GPs were skin and soft tissue problems, with 171 contacts per 1,000 people.

Depression (150) and anxiety (126) were the next most frequently seen. Nurses most often saw patients with hypertension (119 contacts per 1,000 people).

The practice team information, collected from a sample of 44 practices, also found anecdotal evidence that some practices had increased the length of their appointments in order to monitor patients on the 10 chronic diseases in the quality and outcomes framework.

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