They will bring groups of GP practices together to provide more services to patients and to work more closely with other services such as hospitals, pharmacies, mental health, and social care.
PCNs are being introduced to try to meet the needs of people that are now living longer, but who often have long term or complex conditions and who may need to access their local health services more often.
The aim is to give patients access to a wider range of health and care professionals as part of community teams, which will include GPs, nurses, physios, therapists, pharmacists and social care providers. The focus will be on providing care tailored to your needs, to help keep you well and out of hospital.
This will help GPs to free up their time to spend with patients who need it most, such as those with complex conditions.
From July 2019, there are set to be 11 Primary Care Networks throughout Wiltshire, covering populations of between 30,000-50,000 people each.
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