Exciting News

We are pleased to report that Sandy Health Centre and Saffron Health Partners came together on 1st April to be member practices of Sandhills Primary Care Network (PCN) under the leadership of Clinical Director Dr Arti Patel.

With a joined population of approximately 30,000 patients, covering the areas of Biggleswade, Sandy and Langford, we wish to work collaboratively to improve the physical health, mental health and social wellbeing of their patients.

This new PCN will help us build on existing primary care services, working closely with community services, social care and the voluntary sector to provide more proactive, personalised and joined up services for our patients. “We also have a fantastic social prescribing team who will be working across the 2 practices to support people’s health and wellbeing both practically and emotionally, particularly in light of any anxieties people may face as lockdown eases.” Dr Arti Patel, Clinical Director reports.

In addition, we want to build our pharmacy teams so that patients have direct access to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for the medication reviews.

We are pleased to already have in place first contact physios who are working in practices delivering appointments for patients, aged 18 and over who present with musculoskeletal problems.

We are looking to form a joint Patient participate group for the new PCN and are actively looking for volunteers from all ages.

During the pandemic the two Practices have been working closely together and now want to continue their partnership. We want to reassure Patients that this is not an intention to merge but simply to share best practices, facilitate further development of  the two  Primary care teams and to look at our local population needs.

What is a PCN?

A Primary Care Network (PCN) consists of groups of general practices working together with a range of local providers, including across primary care, community services, social care and the voluntary sector, to offer more personalised, coordinated health and social care to their local populations. PCNs will provide proactive, coordinated care to their local populations, in different ways to match different people’s needs, with a strong focus on prevention and personalised care.

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We look forward to working together for the best for our patients

On Behalf of the Practice Teams of Sandy Health Centre and Saffron Health Partnership