The East Lindsey Primary Care Network (PCN) is currently made up of 11 GP practices who work together with other local organisations – such as community and mental health providers, social care, public health, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services. The PCN supports the needs of their local population that is growing, living longer and may need to access local health and care services more often.
Working as a network means services become more closely integrated and as a result offers improved outcomes for patients’ entire health and care needs. Primary Care Networks now exist across the whole of England.
Three of the East Lindsey PCN practices – James Street Family Practice, Tasburgh Lodge Surgery and East Lindsey Medical Group – have proposed that they leave the East Lindsey PCN and form a smaller PCN, which will be called Meridian PCN. It is proposed this change will take place from 1st July 2021.
There will be no negative impact on patients, or their access to healthcare, as a result of the separation into two PCNs. Patients will still be registered with the same practices and actually may experience some benefits as a result of the move to the new PCN formations including:
- The reduced geographical area of the new PCNs means they will be able to focus more consistently overall on the needs of a smaller patient community;
- It will allow the new PCNs to deliver services more tailored to the needs of their patient populations, and;
- It will allow for the delivery of services closer to the patients’ home
Patients do not need to do anything and should continue to contact the practice they are registered with should they require medical attention. We would like to reassure our patients that we are committed to providing the highest quality, safe healthcare as close to home as possible.
If patients have any concerns or would like to provide feedback about the PCN services please contact the engagement team at NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group: firstname.lastname@example.org