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East Sussex, Downs & Weald – good PBC relations

PBC started from ‘a very low base’ here, says East Sussex, Downs & Weald PCT chair John Barnes. Relationships between the old, pre-reconfiguration PCTs and GPs had broken down with the PECs being disbanded.

PBC started from ‘a very low base' here, says East Sussex, Downs & Weald PCT chair John Barnes. Relationships between the old, pre-reconfiguration PCTs and GPs had broken down with the PECs being disbanded.



Yet today, the new PCT has set up a PEC and created a PBC committee. Five PBC schemes are running, including a primary care diabetes service in Lewes and a tissue viability project.

The latter was developed by PBC but is being run as a pilot. Provider TVCS supplies specialist wound care nurses, who have an 80% success rate. ‘Some of the patients they have cleared have been living with wounds for years,' he says. ‘It's a good project and it is to PBC's credit.'

Mr Barnes is positive about the future. ‘PBC is beginning to mature. I think relationships will go on improving.'

East Sussex, Downs and Weald PCT

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