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Primary Care Networks

Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often.

To meet these needs, GP practices have begun working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in primary care networks.

There are three Primary Care Networks (PCNs) within the NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group:

  • Ryedale
  • Scarborough Core
  • Filey and Scarborough Healthier Communities Network

Primary care networks build on the core of 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 care for the people and communities they serve. Where emerging primary care networks are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians.

Below is a breakdown of the GP practices within each PCN:


PCN Size: 38,510

Clinical Director: Dr Greg Black

GP Practices:

  • Sherburn Surgery
  • Ampleforth and Hovingham
  • Ayton and Snainton Medical Practice
  • Derwent Practice

Scarborough Core

PCN Size: 51,813

Clinical Director: Dr Omnia Hefni

GP Practices:

  • Central Healthcare
  • Eastfield Medical Centre
  • Brook Square Surgery
  • Castle Health Centre

Filey and Scarborough Healthier Communities Network

PCN Size: 30,724

Clinical Director: Dr Cath Chapman

GP Practices:

  • Hackness Road Surgery
  • Filey Surgery
  • Scarborough Medical Group
  • Hunmanby Surgery

For more information please visit the NHS website or watch a short animation that explains the concept of PCNs.

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