About Primary Care

Primary Care services mean all of the health or social care services that you can find in your community, outside of the hospital setting. This includes GPs, Public Health Nurses and a range of other services provided through your Local Health Office.

What is a Primary Care Team ?

Primary Care services cover many of the health or social care services that you find in your community, outside of the hospital setting. This includes GPs, Public Health Nurses and a range of other services provided through your Local Health Office.

A Primary Care Team (PCT) is a team of health professionals who work closely together to meet the needs of the people living in the community.  They provide a single point of contact to the health system.

Primary Care Team services include;

  • General Practitioner Service
  • Practice Nurse Service
  • Community Nurse Service (Public Health Nurse & Community Registered General Nurse)
  • Home Help / Home Care Attendant Service
  • Occupational Therapy Service
  • Physiotherapy Service
  • Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • Social Work Service

There is also a Network of other services available supporting the Team including Psychology/Counselling, Audiology, Podiatry, Area Medical Officers, Community Welfare, Dental, Dietetic (see below for programmes), Ophthalmology, Environmental Health, Community Development, Carers etc. 

 The aim of the Primary Care Team is to provide primary care services that are accessible, integrated, of a high quality and which meet the needs of the local population.