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Bridgend North

 
Cluster Lead: Dr Geoff Smith


General Practices in Bridgend North 
The Bridgend North Network is one of three community network areas in Bridgend.  There are eight practices which operate in the Bridgend North cluster area.

Bron y Garn Surgery  
Cwm Garw Practice 
Llynfi Surgery 
Nantymoel Surgery 
New Street Surgery 
Ogmore Vale Surgery 
Tynycoed Surgery 
Woodlands Surgery 

The cluster serves a population of 51,251 in rural and urban areas with pockets of severe deprivation. A significant reduction in the healthy life expectancy exists for Males and Females between the Llynfi Valley (served by Woodlands, Bron Y Garn and Llynfi Surgery Practices) and neighbouring Bridgend residents, of 21.5 years and 16.2 years respectively giving some idea of the challenges faced with healthcare provision in these areas.

The Bridgend North Cluster Network includes a cluster of eight GP practices.

The Cluster Network estate includes eight main practices, three branch surgeries and one dispensing practice. One practice is situated in a converted ward at Maesteg Hospital.  Four practices are engaged in GP training and one practice trains 5th year medical students.

The North Cluster Network area contains nine Nursing/Residential Homes and one Community Hospital situated at Maesteg.  There are 13 community pharmacies and five dental practices. 

Individual Cluster Plans and Reports

Bridgend North Cluster Plan 2018-2021 

What we are working on?

Improve quality of GP dermatology referrals with suspected skin cancer by training practice GP’s in use of Dermatoscopy.

Improve and increase the use of digital teledermatology to reduce dermatology waiting times.

Continue to commission a local counselling service with third party provider and consider increasing number of sessions to meet demand or alternative therapies.

Support the development and implementation of a cardiovascular disease risk assessment programme.

Development of a lifestyle coach to deliver weight management and physical activity sessions to people identified, and ready, to take this approach to reducing CVD risk.

Improve communication and sharing of best practice across the cluster with the introduction of Skype for Business.

To improve the quality and structure of chronic disease monitoring in Primary Care in particular access for non – acute chronic disease management services amongst housebound patients.

What we have already done

Improved access to mental health and wellbeing services through provision of a local cluster counselling service.

Progressing the development of a community based ultrasound-equipped musculoskeletal service that will enhance and relieve pressures on secondary care services.

Enhanced skills of Practice Nurses in minor illness training, freeing up GP’s for more complex case management.

One of the first early adopter sites for anticipatory care

Early identification and proactive management of respiratory patients. Introduce point of care CRP Testing. Work in collaboration with the antimicrobial North Network pharmacist to develop protocols and agreed outcomes.

Supported the specialist antimicrobial North Network pharmacist (ABM Pathfinder) to develop and undertake a programme approach to improve antimicrobial stewardship.

Improved communication and integration with the third sector.

Increased bowel screening uptake locally and subsequently improve early detection of bowel cancer.

   Future priorities for the Cluster

Bridgend North Cluster Plan 2018-2021