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Primary Care

Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS. Primary care includes a variety of specialties such as general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services.

In general practice, the aim is to provide an easily accessible route to care, whatever the patient’s problem. Primary health care is based on caring for people rather than specific diseases. This means that professionals working in general practice are generalists, dealing with a broad range of physical, psychological and social problems, rather than specialists in a particular disease area.

Across MSE we currently have 149 GP practices who provide services to a population of 1.2 million. Over the last couple of years GP practices have come together to form Primary Care Networks (PCN’s) and we currently have 27 PCN’s and the practices within these work closely together with each other and with colleagues in the wider healthcare service.

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