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Primary care

‘Primary care’ refers to services provided by GP practices, dental practices, community pharmacies and high street optometrists. Around 90 per cent of people’s contact with the NHS is with these services:

- GPs and practice nurses see over 800,000 people a day
- Dentists see around 250,000 NHS patients a day
- An estimated 1.6 milllion people visit a pharmacy each day, of whom 1.2 million do so for health-related reasons
- There are 31,000 NHS sight tests carried out each day

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