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About our Primary Care Network

About our Primary Care Network

Newport & Central PCN started life in June 2020. We look after about 57.000 patients and is a collaboration of 4 surgeries:

Donnington Medical Practice, Linden Hall Surgery, Shawbirch Medical Centre and Wellington Road Surgery.

We are working together to provide better care for our population, in addition to services normally provided by surgeries. 

PCN's were introduced in 2019 and are funded to deliver improved care in certain areas, like Early Cancer Diagnosis, Patients with Learning Disabilities and Improved care at Care Homes. One of the benefits of the current PCN system is that it allows us to recruit additional workforce to support us in delivering the best service to our patients. We have been successful in recruiting 4 Clinical Pharmacists, 4 Social Prescribers and 4 First Contact Physiotherapists. These roles are explained on our website.

When Covid-19 hit, we also worked together to set up and run a Covid Vaccination Hub for our patients.

Our PCN has a board of 4 GPs and the 4 Practice Managers from each Practice: 

Donnington Medical Practice

Dr James Hudson

Mrs Bernadette McCormick

Linden Hall Surgery

Dr Stefan Waldendorf

Mrs Karen Sloan

Shawbirch Medical Centre

Dr Paul Davies

Mrs Ruth Waldendorf

Wellington Road Surgery

Dr Kevin Douglas

Mrs Helen Lippitt

 The Network has a PCN manager, Mrs Susie Murphy,

the Clinical Director is Dr Stefan Waldendorf.

 

 

What are Primary Care Networks?

PCNs build on 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 providing care for the people and communities they serve. Where emerging PCNs are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians. PCNs usually have a 30-50k population and are geographically contiguous (next to or touching another). All GP practices in our area are expected to sign up to be a member of a PCN.  You can read the NHS England PCN FAQs here and view the BMA PCN handbook (March 2019) here.

 

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