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FLU VACCINATIONS for 2019

We will be offering three types of flu vaccine again this year. We have our flu vaccine for patients aged 65 years and over in stock now and vaccine for eligible patients aged 18 years to 64 years by 11th October

We can give your vaccination at a routine GP or Nurse appointment if you are being seen soon or you can just turn up at our open clinic on Tuesday 29th October between 8.30am to 12.30pm.  Alternatively, we have 5 min flu vaccination appointments available to book. Please make sure you book the correct flu appointment for your age as appointment availability is based on vaccine delivery dates.

We expect vaccine for patients aged 2 to 17 years to be available sometime mid October.  We will contact eligible patients directly when we have a confirmed date.

Flu vaccine is available free for anyone over 65 years of age and those who suffer from chronic heart, vascular, respiratory, renal or liver disease, Diabetes, degenerative neurological disease. learning disabilities or those who are pregnant or immunocompromised.  Carers may also be eligible. To check whether you are eligible please call the surgery.

Nasal flu vaccine will be available to patients aged 2 to 17 years at risk and any child aged 2 or 3 on 1st September.

School children in Reception and up to and including year 6 will be vaccinated at school.

To make it easier to book an appointment and if you do not already have an online login to make an appointment and order repeat medication, please complete the application form below or you can request a form by telephone on 01434 602237 or e-mail. NORCCG.sele-admin@nhs.net

Application for online login

Return the completed form by e-mail, post or at reception and your login details will be sent out to you.

How to remove ear wax

Ear wax usually falls out on its own.  If it doesn't, and blocks your ear, put two or three drops of ordinary olive oil into the ear two or three times a day for two to three weeks.  This will work to soften the wax so that it comes out of its own accord (which may happen unnoticed).  If olive oil does not work , you can buy sodium bicarbonate drops from pharmacies and use according to the directions.

Administering  oil or ear drops is best done with the oil at room temperature.  Lie on your side with the affected ear facing up and then gently pull and push your outer ear to work the drops in.  Stay lying down for 10 minutes to allow the drops to soak into the wax.

Parkrun

Tyne Green parkrun is a newly established, weekly 5km event taking place every Saturday morning at 9am at Tyne Green, starting and finishing near the children's play area. 

parkrun is designed to:

improve the health and wellbeing through physical activity, including volunteering

give an opportunity to socialise, make friends and be part of a welcoming community

provide activities that are free, outdoors and accessible to all

The event is for all ages from 4+ organised by local volunteer teams  and once you've registered on the parkrun website, and obtained your bar code, you're ready to head to your local event.

Dr Frankel, Anne Brooks, Teresa Tomlinson, Georgina Robley and Lindsay Sails have participated in the event so far and have found it challenging but enjoyable. 

 

NEW NHS App

Download the new NHS App and book appointments and order repeat medication easily from your phone.  Visit www.nhs.uk/nhsapp for more information

MEDICATION SUPPLIES AND BREXIT

We have had a number of queries relating to medication supplies and the uncertainty around Brexit.

Currently, we do not intend to issue double scripts or increase any medication supplies to patients as this will create the shortages the NHS are trying to avoid. 

We will follow any future guidelines from the NHS and change this policy if we are instructed to do so.

The government is working with pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, and the NHS to make sure patients continue to receive the medication they need if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Around three quarters of the medicines and over half the devices and one-use medical products, such as syringes, that the NHS uses, come into the UK via the EU.

The Government has analysed the supply chain, made plans to reduce the risk of disruption, and given instructions to pharmaceutical companies to ensure that they have adequate stocks to cope with any potential delays at the border. We are confident that, if everyone does what they should do, the supply of medicines and other medical supplies will be uninterrupted in the event of exiting the EU without a deal.

This means if your doctor prescribes medicines or special equipment for a health condition, you should still be able to get the treatment you need from your GP or pharmacist.

 

Occasionally we do experience temporary shortages of specific medicines. If this happens, your doctor will prescribe the best alternative to your usual medication – this is a tried and tested system.

If there are any shortages of particular medicines after EU Exit, the same system will be in place – your doctor will advise you of the best alternative to treat your condition.

This is a UK-wide policy. The Department of Health and Social Care in England is working with counterparts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to deliver the uninterrupted supplies people expect.

NATIONAL DATA OPT OUT

Information about the national data opt-out programme can be found at:

www.nhs.uk/your-data-matters or telephone 0300 303 5678

Repeat Prescription requests

We have recently had a significant increase in  the number of prescriptions being requested urgently, i.e. same day.  Our turnaround time for repeat prescriptions is 48 working hours and although we will try, we cannot always comply with same day requests.

Mobile 'phone numbers

Please make sure we have your up to date contact details.  We use mobile phone numbers to send appointment reminders and other appropriate messages.

Symptom Checker

If you would like to check your symptoms to assess what you might like to do next, please click on the link below.

Symptom Checker

 

Think Pharmacy First

Health advice and treatment can be obtained free of charge (for those eligible) from local pharmacies. 

Conditions such as head lice, mouth ulcers and fungal infections can be treated under this scheme.  You will need to provide evidence of your entitlement to free prescriptions to obtain free treatment but the pharmacist's advice is always free of charge.

 

Carers

Please let us know if you are a carer so that we can refer you to Carers Northumberland for support, if you so wish.

Urgent Medical Problems

When you request an appointment, our staff may ask you if your problem is urgent.  Feedback suggests that clarification would be helpful for patients.

An urgent problem is something which cannot wait until the next available routine appointment (and is not a 999 emergency).

We will ask patients with urgent problems to come to the practice to be seen at the end of surgery. An example of an urgent problem might be an exacerbation of a chronic condition such as asthma.

Charges for non-NHS work

Please note that we charge for work which is not contracted for by the NHS.  This included certain vaccinations, driver medicals and other reports.  Please see our list of prevailing charges displayed in the surgery.

GP Registrars

This practice trains junior doctors. They are fully qualified and have already done training in hospitals. You can expect them to provide a full range of GP services. If they are not certain about what to do they will ask more senior colleagues for advice.

Friends and Family Test

Please click on the patient survey at the bottom of the page to let us know if you'd recommend our practice.  You can also let us know how else we can help you.

Non NHS work

 

This is not a priority for our team so it may take up to 3 weeks for us to provide insurance reports, to complete holiday cancellations forms etc.

 

Please also be aware that we cannot guarantee to turn around sick note requests within 48 hours, nor can we provide sick notes in advance.

E-cigarettes

There is a blanket no smoking policy in the Primary Care Centre and Hospital site.  This extends also to e-cigrettes as there is no current evidence as to their efficacy or safety.

Online Booking and Medication Requests

To book appointments and order repeat medication 24 hours a day 7 days a week download an application form or please speak to one of our reception team.  for full details regarding security and consent please select item 4 in further information on the right of our home page

Application form for online access

PLEASE TAKE CARE WHEN GIVING OUT PERSONAL DETAILS OVER THE PHONE.  CHECK THAT YOU ARE GIVING OUT DETAILS ONLY TO THOSE THAT SHOULD HAVE THEM.  ANY OF OUR STAFF ARE HAPPY FOR YOU TO CALL US BACK TO VERIFY THEIR IDENTITY.

Waiting Room Blood Pressure Machine

Thanks to the generosity of patient who wishes to remain anonymous, the practice has purchased a BP machine for patients to self check.  This is sited in the waiting room.  Patients will be encouraged to have their blood pressure measured prior to going into a consultation

 VASECTOMY

We can offer a no scalpel vasectomy service in conjunction with Newcastle Hospitals.  Dr Ben Frankel offers this service on a Friday morning, which requires a referral from your GP. Please note that the first appointment is for consent and to arrange the procedure at a future date. This procedure is available to all Tynedale patients. Further details are available by clicking on the vasectomy tab to the right hand side of this screen.

MEASLES

Please see the 'measles' section in further information opposite.

Please call for advice if you think you may have measles or have been in contact with a confirmed case. 

Please do not come to the surgery.

New Parents

Congratulations on the birth of your baby.  We are sure that you will be advised to attend the practice for a six week check with your baby.  Before we can do this, you need to register the baby with the practice.  You will need to look through the information you are given by the hospital, or community midwife, for the baby's NHS number and complete a registration form.

Appointments

We are sorry that you are sometimes kept waiting beyond your appointment time.  This can happen because patients before you take longer than the 10 minute appointment slot to discuss their problems.

If you have a problem which you think may need longer than 10 minutes, please ask for a double appointment. Similarly, please bring only one problem to a single appointment.

Visitor Tansport for Wansbeck and North Tyneside

If a patient is transferred from Hexham General Hospital to Wansbeck or North Tyneside general hospitals for further treatment, a free daily shuttle car operates from Hexham to enable relatives to visit.  To book a place on this service, which leaves Hexham General Hospital at 1pm, contact 0344 811 8111 and ask for extension 5388.

111

The number to contact urgent care services when the surgery is closed is 111.

SMS Text Reminders and Appointment Confirmations

We are able to send text messages to confirm appointments and to remind patients to attend.  If you provide us with a mobile number we will assume you are happy to have this service.  please let us know if you would prefer to opt out of this.

Prospective Medical Students

For reasons of confidentiality, we do not offer work experience or placements to anyone wishing to pursue medicine as a career.  We would encourage any of our patients seeking this experience, to join our Patient Participation Group to become more involved and gain an insight into some of the current issues in general practice.   

Bus Service

The 683 bus now stops at the main hospital entrance but will also stop, on request, at Hexham Primary Care Centre entrance.

New Patients

We welcome patients moving into the area.  We work in purpose built premises which are fully accessible to everyone.  Please ask for an information leaflet and registration form at reception.

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Clinics & Servicesstethescope_and_heart

As you will see below, many clinic appointments are for longer than our standard 10 minute slot.  For this reason, we often telephone patients the day before the appointment to remind them of the time so that these time slots are not wasted.  If you do not wish us to call you, please let us know and we will make a note against that particular appointment.

Clinic

Description

Time

ContraceptionAdvice on contraception including coil and implant fitting, depo provera injections and provision of free condoms.10 minute appointment with any Doctor
CoilsFor fitting and removal of coils.20 or 30 minute appointment with Dr Andrea Coady depending on procedure
ImplantsFor fitting and removal of implants20 or 30 minute appointment with Dr Kate Lewis depending on proceedure
Well WomanFor smears and advice. 20 minute appointment with any Practice Nurse
Hormone replacement therapyReviews for patients on HRT10 min appointment with any Doctor
Antenatal CareRoutine antenatal check-ups by our qualified midwife.Wednesday afternoons
Mother and BabyA drop-in clinic for advice and weight checking. Vaccinations for all children up to age 5. Sessions held by the Health Visiting team at the Primary Care Centre
VaccinationsRoutine and travel vaccinations for all ages are available during surgery times by appointment with our nurses.20 minute appointment with Practice Nurse at least a week after completing the travel vaccination questionnaire.
Seasonal Flu VaccinationAvailable free for anyone over 65 years of age and those who suffer from chronic heart, vascular, respiratory, renal or liver disease, Diabetes, degenerative neurological disease. learning disabilities or those who are pregnant or immunocompromised.  Carers may also be eligible. To check whether you are eligible please call the surgery.

Nasal flu vaccine will be available to patients between 6months  and up to 18 years at risk and any child aged 2 or 3 on 1st September.

School children in Reception and up to and including year 6 will be vaccinated at school.

We have flu vaccine for patients aged 65 years and over in stock now and vaccine for eligible patients aged 18 years to 64 years by 11th OctoberWe can give your vaccination at a routine GP or Nurse appointment if you are being seen soon or you can just turn up at our open clinic on Tuesday 29th October between 8.30am to 12.30pm.  Alternatively, we have 5 min flu vaccination appointments available.  Please make sure you book the correct appointment for your age as appointment availability is based on vaccine delivery dates.  
We expect vaccine for patients aged 2 to 17 years to be available sometime mid October.  We will contact eligible patients directly when we have a confirmed date. 
Childhood ImmunisationsWe follow the government recomended programme for childhood immunisations.10 minute appointment with Rachel Rock or Charlotte Soulsby
RespiratoryRegular check-ups and advice from practice nurses on lifestyle, inhaler techniques and medication for patients with Asthma or COPD.20 minute appointment with a practice Nurse
DiabetesRoutine monitoring and medication reviews for diabetic patients.  These are usually twice a year, an annual review and an interim blood test.  We also offer retinal screening and foot assessments.Patients need a 10 minute, morning blood test appointment with Deb Sim at least 1 week prior to a 20 minutes annual review appointment with Margaret Burridge or Charlotte Soulsby.  The 6 monthly interim appointment is 10 minutes with Margaret Burridge or Charlotte Soulsby.  Retinal screening appointments will be sent out to you as required.
VascularFor all patients with heart or vascular problems eg MI or stroke.20 minute appointment with a Practice Nurse.
EpilepsyMonitoring and medication reviews for all patients with epilepsy.10 minutes with a Doctor.
DementiaAnnual review for patients with Dementia or memory loss20 min appointment with any Doctor
Mental HealthAnnual review for patients with mental Health problems20 min appointment with any Doctor
Learning DisabilitiesAnnual review for patients with learning disabilities20 min appointment with any Doctor
Minor SurgeryMinor operations carried out in the practice following advice from your Doctor.15 minute appointments on a Friday with Dr Frankel
Smoking CessationFor patients wanting to give up and on going support for those who have stopped.Initial 30 minute appointment, followed by 20 minute appointments with any Practice Nurse.
HypertensionFor patients with diagnosed high blood pressure.Annual 10 minute appointment including blood test and a 6 month 10 minute interim blood pressure check, both with a Practice Nurse.
Continence ClinicNurse led clinic held on the last Thursday every month 2pm to 4 pm.Please contact Sr Sarah Winspear on 01434 613013 for an appointment. 
Ear SyringingNurse led clinc held on Monday and Thursday Afternoons

20 min appointment with District Nurses at the Primary Care Centre.

PodiatryNew podiatry patients will require an initial referral from their GP

Appointments can be made by calling 01434 613063 (option 0) between 08.30 and 17.00 Monday to Friday (other than between 12.30 and 13.30 when the office is closed for lunch).

 
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