What is a Primary care network?
Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often.
To meet these needs, practices have begun working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in primary care networks.
Primary care networks build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively care for the people and communities they serve. Where emerging primary care networks are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians.
Primary care networks will be based on GP registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000. They should be small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between practices and others in the local health and social care system.
Watch this short animation that explains the concept of primary care networks (PCNs) and how this new way of working enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.
Which Primary Care network does my Practice belong to?
Patients Registered to the below Practices can utilise services at Wolverhampton South East Care Collaborative PCN
- Grove Medical Centre (H&B)
- All Saints Medical Practice (H&B)
- Caerleon Surgery (H&B)
- Bradley Medical Centre (H&B)
- Church Street Surgery (H&B)
- Parkfield Medical Centre (H&B)
- Woodcross Health Centre (H&B)
- Bilston Urban Village Medical Centre (H&B)
- Ettingshall Medical Centre (H&B)
- Hill Street Surgery (H&B)
- Dr Mudigonda and Partners
PCN Appointments: Evening and Weekend Clinics
If you are registered at one of the practices above and you cannot get an appointment with your normal GP, you will be offered an alternative hub appointment at one of the other GP practices within the group.
The appointments include evenings and weekends; for appointments please speak to your practice.