NHS Berkshire East and NHS Berkshire West primary care trusts are now working together as NHS Berkshire, known as the Cluster. We are working with GPs and other clinicians who have formed clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to support them to prepare to take over the commissioning role in 2013.
The Cluster role is to help you stay healthy or to get the care you need when you need it. We are responsible for buying (commissioning) your care from hospitals and other service providers including health services in the community and at home.
The area we cover extends from Hungerford in the west to Slough in the east, and includes Bracknell, Reading, Wokingham, Newbury, Ascot, Maidenhead and Sandhurst. Together we have 107 GP practices, 120 NHS dental practices, 147 pharmacies and 84 optometry contracts. Our combined budgets total £1,227m and we serve a population of nearly a million.