From today, Thursday 1st April 2021, Primary Care 24 will be the GP Out of Hours Provider for the Merseyside area. This includes Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, a number of practices in St Helens and new areas for the organisation in South Sefton, Southport & Formby and Warrington.
This new 5-year contract was due to commence in October 2020 but was delayed by commissioners due to the Covid-19 pandemic and rescheduled to April 2021.
Primary Care 24, or PC24 as some of you will know it, is a not-for-dividend Social Enterprise, working exclusively with the NHS, which has members rather than shareholders and sees any profits reinvested in the health and well-being of the communities we serve.
This new chapter in the history of PC24 will see a growth from the 750,000 patients we already care for, to a population of just over 1.3 million people.
“This is a really exciting time for PC24 as we begin to deliver GP Out of Hours services in South Sefton, Southport & Formby and Warrington alongside our long-standing commitment to Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley and part of St Helens.” stated Dr Mary Ryan, Chief Executive, Primary Care 24. “We are excited to get started in our new areas and to deliver this really important service to patients across Merseyside”.
Primary Care 24 can be accessed via NHS 111 in working hours 6.30pm – 8am (Mon-Fri) and over all weekends and Bank Holidays.