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Primary Care Services

Primary Care Services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS.  Primary Care Services includes general practice, practice nurses, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services. 


These services support individuals and families to manage their primary healthcare needs, including diagnosing illness, advice and guidance about general ailments and support with the monitoring and management of long-term conditions and prescribing appropriate medications to treat and manage conditions. 


As well as this Primary Care Services also support with vaccination programmes and also screening services for early identification and prevention of illness.


In Hartlepool these services are commissioned by NHS England.


More detailed information and a list of these services can be found by visiting the following links:


The NHS website - NHS (

Find a GP - NHS (

Find a pharmacy - NHS (

Find a dentist - NHS (   

Opticians and sight tests - NHS (