What are Primary Care Networks and why are they important for Community Pharmacy?

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan, with general practices being a part of a network, typically covering 30,000-50,000 patients. There are currently 9 PCNs in Bolton. The networks will provide the structure and funding for services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients they serve.

It is important that community pharmacy teams are fully involved in the work of their PCN and this is being encouraged via the Pharmacy Quality Scheme.

The networks will have expanded neighbourhood teams which will comprise a range of staff such as GPs, clinical pharmacists, district nurses, community geriatricians, dementia workers and Allied Health Professionals such as physiotherapists and podiatrists/chiropodists, joined by social care and the voluntary sector’.

Further information can be found on the PSNC website if you want to know more.

This short video from NHS England explains the concept of PCNs and how the new way of working will provide better access to health care for patients.

Primary Care Networks in Bolton

Bolton currently has 9 PCNs. Collaboration with non-GP providers, such as community pharmacies, will be a requirement for PCNs from April 2020. Our local NHS England team are clear that community pharmacy has a huge role to play in the success of PCNs.

What it means is that some of the activities we do will change, and each pharmacy will need to work with their own local PCN to meet the local needs. The needs of  some parts of the town are very different, so even though you are close geographically you may be doing different things to your colleagues.

We need to build our links between community pharmacies in our PCN footprint and all the other primary care providers – particularly the local GP practices. The LPC will support you to do this.

The LPC have carried out a mapping exercise to map each pharmacy to a PCN. This is predominantly based on where the prescriptions in your pharmacy originate from.

Click on a heading below for more information.

Breightmet & Little Lever PCN

Clinical Director: Dr Stephen Whittaker (The Dunstan Partnership | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Louise Gatley (Nash Pharmacy)

GP Practices

The Dunstan Partnership
Dr Lowe & Partners
Alastair Ross Medical Practice
Dr Hallikeri & Partner
Drs Jain & Subramanian
Spring View Medical Centre


Gatleys Pharmacy 24 Tonge Old Road
Maxwells Pharmacy 830 Bury Road
Well Pharmacy 118 High Street
A1 Pharmacy 491 Radcliffe Road
Cohen – Springview Pharmacy Springview Health Centre
Cohens Chemist Breightmet Health Centre
Cohens Chemist 31 Kentmere Road
Cohens Chemist 1 Market Street
Nash Pharmacy Ltd 63 Castle Street

Bolton Central PCN

Clinical Director: Dr Abdul Atcha (The Olive Family Practice | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Joanne Myatt (Lloyds, Great Lever Health Centre)

GP Practices

Dr Loomba & Partner
Dr Zarrouk & Partner
The Beehive Surgery
Great Lever One
Deane Medical Centre
The Olive Family Practice
Dr Dakshina-Murthi
Orient House Medical Practice
Al-Fal Medical Practice
Deane Clinic
3D Medical Centre
Bolton General Practice
Bolton Medical Centre


Boots Pharmacy The Gates Shopping Centre
Lloyds pharmacy Great Lever Health Centre
Asda Pharmacy Burnden Park
Cohens Chemist 171 Crescent Road
Boots Pharmacy 311 Wigan Rd
S & S Dispensing Chemist 226 Deane Road
Deane Pharmacy Horsefield Street
Asif Iqbal Pharmacy Ltd 70 St Helens Road
UKPharmacyLive Deane Rd
Pharmaease 172 Willows Lane
Speaks Pharmacy 77-81 Church St

Chorley Roads Network

Clinical Director: Dr Dharmesh Mistry (Heaton Medical Centre) | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Gulam Arsiwala (Kamsons Pharmacy)

GP Practices

Dalefield Surgery
Spring House Surgery
Heaton Medical
Cornerstone Surgery
Karim & James-Authe


Kamson`s Pharmacy Heaton Medical Centre
Landmark Pharmacy Landmark House
Lee’s Pharmacy 133 Bennetts Lane
Noble & Peacock 556 Chorley Old Road
Pharmavon Ltd Avondale Health Centre
Howards Chemist 188-190 Chorley Old Road
Mossbank Pharmacy 833 Moss Bank Way
Haslams Pharmacy 432 Halliwell Rd

Rumworth PCN

Clinical Director: Dr Saveena Ghaie (Garnet Fold Practice) | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Ranjit Singh (Manor Pharmacy)

GP Practices

Swan Lane Medical Centre
Garnet Fold Practice
Dr Counsell & Partners
Shanti Medical Centre


Boots Uk Limited Trinity Street
Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsburys) Trinity Street
Cohens Chemist 281 Rishton Lane
Sykes Chemist 328 St Helens Road
Newbrook Pharmacy 56 Newbrook Road
Shanti Pharmacy 160 St Helens Road
Derby Street Pharmacy 317-319 Derby Street
Rigbys Pharmacy Swan Lane
Allied Pharmacy * Pikes Lane  Resource Centre
Care Connect Higher Swan Lane
Manor Pharmacy 200 St Helens Rd

Farnworth & Kearsley

Clinical Director: Dr George Ogden (Kearsley Medical Centre) | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Maryam Rehman (Cohens Chemist, Kearsley)

GP Practices

Kearsley Medical Centre
Stonehill Medical Centre
 Fig Tree Medical Centre
Dr Barua


Manor Pharmacy 28-30 Egerton Street
Rowlands Pharmacy 241 Highfield Road
Rowlands Pharmacy Stonehill Medical Centre,
Well Pharmacy Farnworth Health Centre
Cohens Chemist 193-195 Bolton Road
Market Pharmacy 34 Brackley Street
Tesco Stores Limited Long Causeway
Asda Pharmacy Brackley St

Westhoughton Network

Clinical Director: Dr Beverley Matta (Unsworth Group Practice) | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Mohamed Patel (Manor Pharmacy)

GP Practices

Unsworth Group Practice
Stable Fold Surgery


Manor Pharmacy 9 Hindley Road
Rigby & Higginson Pharmacy 140 Church Street
Rowlands Pharmacy Captain Lees Road
Rowlands Pharmacy 44 Market Street
Hollowood Pharmacy 28 Blackhorse Street

HWL Network

Clinical Director: Dr Alison Lyon (Dr Lyon & Partners, Lever Chambers) | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Wesley Jones (Boots, The Market Place)

GP Practices

Drs Hendy & Rizwan
Burnside Surgery
Drs Jeyam & Jesudas
Dr Earnshaw & Partners
Dr Sidda
Dr Uddin & Partners


Boots Pharmacy The Market Place Shopping Centre
Rowlands Pharmacy Lever Chambers
Newport Pharmacy 65 Newport Street
Cohens Chemist Waters Meeting Health Ctr
Cohens Chemist Halliwell Surgery
Halliwell Late Night Pharmacy 34A Halliwell Road
Treated.Com Watersmeeting Rd

Horwich Network

Clinical Director: Dr John Tabor (Kildonan House) | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Shiraz Shaffi (Hootons Pharmacy)

GP Practices

Kildonan House
Pike View Medical
Bolton Community Practice


Rowlands Pharmacy 228 Chorley New Road
Asda Pharmacy Middlebrook Retail Park
Kildonan Pharmacy Kildonan House, Chorley New Rd
Tesco Stores Limited Mansell Way
Boots Pharmacy Middlebrook Retail Park
Hootons Pharmacy Lee Lane
Ladybridge Pharmacy 6 Broadgate
Cohens Internet Lynstock Way

Turton PCN

Clinical Director: Dr Andrew Hill (Harwood Group Practice) | PCN Pharmacy Lead: Hanif Umarjo (Harwood Pharmacy)

GP Practices

Harwood Group Practice
Dr Kirby & Partners
Crompton View Surgery
Mandalay Medical
Edgworth Medical
Dr Liversedge & Partners


Cohens Chemist 49 Thicketford Rd
Asda Pharmacy Blackburn Rd
Cohens Chemist Crompton Health Centre
Lloyds pharmacy 576-578 Blackburn Road
Cohens Chemist Egerton/Dunscar Health Centre
Cohens Chemist 10 The Hillock
Geloo Pharmacy 365 Bolton Road
Harwood Pharmacy Harwood Medical Centre

Bolton LPC PCN Events

Download the slides from our engagement event here.

Download the Bolton PCN document here.

Further Information about Primary Care Networks

PSNC Briefing – An introduction to Primary Care Networks

Primary care networks: A briefing for pharmacy teams

PSNC Briefing – Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Guidance for community pharmacy contractors on the Primary Care Networks domain

Guidance and resources to help community pharmacy get involved in PCNs

Please contact the LPC if you have any questions regarding PCNs – louise@botlonlpc.org.uk