New GP service for Somerset
The NHS has just announced a restructuring of the GP service in Somerset (and beyond).
Instead of the individual surgery that has served you in the past, you will now be served by groups of surgeries.
GP practices have been “encouraged” to form themselves into Primary Care Networks which serve populations of between 30,000 and 50,000 patients.
As The Leveller reported earlier this year, Somerset faces a GP crisis. There are simply not enough. The new service structure means that most routine complaints will not be dealt with by a GP.
Dr Ed Ford, Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, told us “The new investment in primary care networks is a welcome sign of the government’s commitment to GP services. The traditional model of GP care is changing to a more sustainable and flexible model with a broad range of practitioners working together in partnership. GP practice teams are expanding to include physiotherapists, clinical pharmacists, social prescribing link workers, nurse practitioners, physician associates as well as paramedics among others.“
The NHS insist we will still be able to access the healthcare we need. We will just be accessing it from someone who does not have the qualifications of a GP. And that may be the best use of scarce NHS resources.
Dr Ed Ford again: “What this means is that there is no longer a one size fits all approach to care. The Primary Care Networks will give our GP practices the ability to be flexible in creating multi-disciplinary teams which are tailored to respond to local needs and issues.”
You can find below all the PCNs for Somerset and who the lead GP in each PCN will be.
|Primary Care Network||Population||Clinical Director|
West Somerset Healthcare, Exmoor, Dunster and Porlock, Minehead Medical
|Dr Kelsey Boddington|
East Quay, Taunton Road, Redgate, Somerset Bridge, Quantock, Polden, Cranleigh, Cannington, Victoria Park, North Petherton
|Dr Catherine Lewis|
Axbridge, Cheddar, Highbridge, Burnham, Brent
|Dr Joey McHugh|
Glastonbury Surgery, Glastonbury Health Centre, Vine, Wells Health Centre, Wells City
|Dr Sam Rainsbury|
|Central and East Mendip||36,000
Park, Grove, Beckington, Oakhill, Mendip Country Practice
|Dr Rob Weaver|
Frome Medical Centre
|Dr Rob Taylor|
|South Somerset East – Rural Practice Network||33,000
Bruton, Milborne Port, Millbrook, Queen Camel, Wincanton
|Dr Daniel Edmonds|
Penn Hill, Ryalls Park, Preston Grove, Diamond Group, Oaklands
|Kathryn Dalby Welsh|
|South Somerset West
Buttercross and Ilchester, Martock and South Petherton, Crewkerne and West One, Hamdon
|Dr Berge Balian|
|Chard, Ilminster and Langport||48,000
Langport, Essex House, Meadows, Summervale, Springmead, Tawstock, Church View
|Dr Christoph Kollmeier|
|Taunton Deane West||28,000
Wellington, Luson, Lister
|Dr Rachel Yates|
|Taunton North /Tone Valley||36,000
Lyngford*, North Curry, Taunton Vale, Warwick
|Dr John Edwards|
College Way, Crown, French Weir, Quantock Vale, St James
|Dr Stuart Baker|