Your Local GP Network

What is Primary Care?

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

Where more day-to-day health education, advice or treatment is needed, which could be something urgent, but not so severe that someone is in critical danger, patients can access a range of vital local services in person or online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Where something can’t be dealt with yourself, you can drop into a local pharmacy, doctors’ surgery, dentist’s or optician’s, for convenient healthcare from a number of specially trained and experienced professionals.

What is a Primary Care Network?

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices working together to improve services to their patients. Our PCN is called Guildford East. It is a collaborative project between Austen Road Surgery, Merrow Park Surgery, Shere Surgery, St Luke’s Surgery, The Horsley Medical Practice and Villages Medical Centre.

What are Primary Care Networks trying to achieve?

PCNs are working to make health services more focused around local communities, to improve the way primary healthcare teams work across the area, and to allow GPs and other primary care health workers develop new models of care for their patients and communities.

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