New east and north Herts health scheme promises longer GP surgery opening hours

PUBLISHED: 11:29 11 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:29 11 August 2019

New Primary Care Networks promise longer GP surgery opening hours and a bigger range of health services. Picture: Anthony Devlin

New Primary Care Networks promise longer GP surgery opening hours and a bigger range of health services. Picture: Anthony Devlin

Longer GP surgery opening hours, a bigger range of health services and better links to community support are promised as the result of a new initiative.

Twelve Primary Care Networks have been set up across east and north Hertfordshire in a move designed to improve primary care NHS services by encouraging GP practices to work more closely together in groups, and with other health and care staff in their area.

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PCNs will also be able to employ a wider set of staff roles than is possible in most GP practices, such as physiotherapists, pharmacists and even paramedics.

A key aim is to ensure health and care services can be delivered locally, so people don't have to travel as far to get specialist help.

Doctor Alison Jackson, a PCN clinical director, said: "The additional resources and future new staff roles will help build capacity and resilience within the local system."

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