A Primary Care Team is a team of those responsible for organising and delivering primary healthcare for the local population, for example GPs, Nurses, Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist. The team also includes community representatives when considering the needs of the overall area and population, but they are not involved in, or provided with any information about, individual cases or clinical work.
There is a Network of other services available supporting the team including Psychology / Counselling, Audiology, Podiatry, Area Medical Officers, Dentistry, Dietetics, Ophthalmology etc.
The aim of a 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.
HOW CAN I ACCESS MY PRIMARY CARE TEAM?
You can make a GP appointment by contacting your GP service directly for routine appointments. Your GP can make a referral to other Primary Care Services if required. If you are already receiving a Primary Care Service and have questions about accessing other Primary Care Services, you can discuss this with those providing your care.
The health professionals in your local team hold regular clinical meetings together to identify, plan and coordinate effective and efficient care for individual clients/patients. Where your care provider wishes to discuss your care at a meeting, it is standard that your consent will be asked for first. You or a family member can also ask for your care to be reviewed at one of these meetings by requesting this of one of your healthcare providers. You may find this helpful if you have been seeing more than two healthcare providers