Wandsworth GP Practices. Working Together.
Working side-by-side to make Wandsworth a healthier borough now and in the future
What is Wandle PCN?
Five NHS GP practices – Southfields Group Practice, Elborough Street Surgery, Wandsworth Medical Centre, The Earlsfield Practice and Triangle Surgery – located in the London borough of Wandsworth have joined forces to make sure each one of their patients can benefit from a broader range of accessible, high quality healthcare, both now and in the future. Our united name for this is the Wandle Primary Care Network (PCN).
Although our practices still operate independently, providing GP services and keeping their own patient lists, individual identities, premises and teams, we are now providing certain services together. These include Hypertension clinics, Menopause clinics, extra GP (including evenings and Saturdays) and Nurse clinics, as well as appointments with an array of specialist clinicians, such as Clinical Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Physician Associates, Paramedics, an Assistant Psychologist and a Social Prescriber.
It is a new name, but it is about providing you with the right services, by the right people, at the right time.
Why am I being contacted by Wandle PCN?
You may receive an SMS text message from Wandle PCN or a telephone call from our Central Hub Administrator. This contact is made with the understanding and approval of your own GP. We have been reaching out recently, for example, asking patients for an up-to-date blood pressure reading in order to diagnose or exclude Hypertension (high blood pressure) in our communities. This proactive, personalised approach builds on the core work of primary care services.
Why am I being asked to go to a different GP practice for my appointment?
Our clinics are held across all five of our GP practices, so you may be asked to attend a different GP surgery to your own. Operating over 5 sites allows us to offer more appointments, utilising clinic rooms that would otherwise be underused. You can still, of course, be seen at your own GP surgery, but the wait may be longer.
How do I benefit?
It is early days, but many patients have already benefitted from Wandle PCN services, seeing the most appropriate clinician for their health needs – more quickly and closer to home. Our extended access means that you can have a GP appointment in the evening or on a Saturday, and same-day emergency appointments or phone consultations are available when you need them – not next week. Some appointments are longer, e.g. 30 mins with a GP in our new Menopause Clinic, giving you the time you need for a thorough consultation and support, some are delivered differently, e.g. telephone, online and digital consultations, and some take place in your own home, e.g. with one of our Paramedics. The availability of an extended range of health professionals and services in the community represents a sea change, transforming your access to healthcare and helping to improve your health outcomes.
You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us what you think
As a PCN, we encourage feedback because it is used to improve our services. If you wish to share your views or experiences, positive or negative, please contact us at the email address above.
Many issues can be resolved quickly by contacting us, but you do have the right to make a complaint about any aspect of NHS care, treatment or service – this is written into the NHS Constitution. From 1st July 2023, NHS complaints are changing and the way you can make a complaint about GPs is changing. Find out more here.
Telephone and in-person GP consultations
We provide extra capacity for our practices, offering GP consultations over the telephone and in-person for adults and children.
Assessing, screening, treating and educating patients
Our nursing team support our practices in the provision of long-term condition reviews and other planned care such as cervical screening (smear) tests.
Supporting doctors in the management of patients
From performing physical examinations and diagnosing illnesses, to analysing test results and developing medical management plans, our Physician Associates are trained generalists who support GPs.
Assessing and supporting mental health patients
Our Assistant Psychologist supports patients who are on a waiting list for mental health services. She bridges the gap between GP help and seeing a Mental Health clinician in secondary care.
Further services are coming soon
Wandle PCN is already well ahead, with new approaches and services based on local people’s needs. Longer-term, we will continue to work together to recruit more staff and extend our clinical offer.
NHS Health Check (over 40s)
Sat 28th Jan 2023, 09:00 – 13:00, The Earlsfield Practice
To kick-start the new year, Wandle PCN hosted a day dedicated to you! Patients booked an appointment or simply turned up on the day to have a free NHS Health Check, to look at their weight, blood pressure, bloods and general wellbeing. There was an opportunity to chat to our team about certain health conditions and learn more about services on offer to help them lose weight, quit smoking or reach their goals!
Blood Pressure Check
Knowing your blood pressure can save your life. Complete our Blood Pressure Form and your reading will be reviewed.