Welcome to Winchester Rural North and East PCN
We Serve over 44,000 Patients
The purpose of the Network is to support member GP Practices to improve resilience and stability, to provide value for money services for commissioners and stakeholders and develop innovative, cost-effective primary and community services that respond to people’s needs.
The Network formed in 2019. In our first year we:
- Established a social prescribing service to support mental wellbeing of children and young people
- Improved access by setting up joint appointments with a Paediatric consultant and GPs at our local practices for children
- Developed links with Community services and local authorities to improve the coordination of care for patients.
- Developed Care Home MDT's with the involvement of all of our practices and nursing homes with the wider community services who serve them
We established a vaccine centre at the Holiday Inn Winchester and worked collaboratively with retired staff from our practices, the Rotary Club and the YMCA to deliver over 38,000 vaccines to our population.
We have established a new office space at the Clockhouse, in Bishops Sutton to expand our staff numbers to support patients and staff in the Covid recovery phase and to enhance our collaborative working. One of our key priorities will be the Early Diagnosis of Cancer as well as the Development of an Adult Mental Health Team. We are recruiting a joint post in Mental Health alongside Southern Health who will help to develop this team and liason between Primary and Secondary Care. We are moving vaccination for Covid back into practice for those that need delivery closer to home, in an environment and with staff they are familiar with.
The recruitment of staff to the PCN has been supported by the set up of our office at Bishops Sutton which houses the PCN teams able to support the 6 practices remotely. Our priorities this year remain the earlier diagnosis of cancer, personalised care following a diagnosis and our new cancer care co-ordinator will be contacting patients to carry out cancer care reviews to assist in this work. Cardiovascular diseases and the setting up a diabetes service across the network are other priorities. We continue to support care homes and work in mental health in adults and children. We are very much hoping that the government aligns the flu and Covid vaccines in the autumn to assist in the setting up of vaccination close to patients homes.
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