Flu Vaccination Update
We, in common with most practices, are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand and are struggling to obtain our supplies of flu vaccine despite regular contact with the vaccine suppliers. Our current situation regarding vaccine depends on your age. Please remember we can only give you a vaccine if you are eligible and have received either a letter or text from us.
6 months to 17 years
We have this vaccine in stock, so please make an appointment for your child or children. This does not include those in reception to year 7 will be vaccinated at school.
18 to 64 years
We have just received a limited supply of vaccine, so please book an appointment.
65 years and over
We have no vaccine at present but hope we should get a delivery early November.
50 to 64 years who are not in an at risk group
We have not heard yet how this group of patients is to be vaccinated but it is unlikely that the vaccine will be available until December at the earliest.
We apologise for any inconvenience or distress caused, as we are fully aware of the public health messages which are encouraging everyone at risk to be vaccinated. Unfortunately, these issues are outside our control. In the meantime, the local pharmacies may be able to offer you a vaccination as they are able to access supplies which we are not able to.
We have changed arrangements to protect patients and staff according to Covid guidelines. Please can you observe the following, to protect us all:
- Do not come to the surgery if you are ill and have any of the symptoms of Covid
- Arrive only a few minutes before your appointment time
- On entering the building please wear a mask or face covering if you can and wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided
- Tell the receptionist at the entrance that you have arrived
- Leave as quickly as you can after you have been vaccinated
- Please observe social distancing rules keeping 2 metres apart at all times.
In line with Government recommendations, if you are entering the surgery premises, please wear a face covering.
Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters for face coverings
We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s announcements around the use of face coverings in various public settings. Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will also become mandatory from 24 July.
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face covering.
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption; therefore, it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.
The responsibility for issuing exemptions for those travelling on public transport lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job. This would be assessed by the employer not the GP.
If you would like to print out your own exemption card, please click on the link below:
Please do not come into the practice unless you have been directed by a GP or nurse to attend a pre-arranged face to face appointment. You can leave prescription requests in our postbox outside or in the box just inside the door. If you are entering the building for any reason, please wash your hands as you come in and, if possible, please wear a face covering.
We piloted directly bookable face to face appointments but have found that this has not worked safely so have reverted to telephone calls only.
We have limited waiting room capacity so you may be asked to wait outside until you are called in so that we can make sure the environment is as safe as possible for both GP or nurse and you. If possible, please wear a protective face covering.
Please be kind to our staff. They are as anxious as you.
Details and updates on Coronavirus and the UK response are changing daily. For the latest information please visit the NHS website below.
Shielding guidance: Shielding information April 2020
We are currently open but request that patients with high temperatures or a new cough or patients living with others that have these symptoms DO NOT visit the Practice. You can access 111 online or phone if you have either of those symptoms, or are isolating and require further advice.
We are also working to government guidelines with regard to issuing medication. Pharmacies are taking longer than usual to process prescriptions so please factor in dispensing delays when ordering your medication. Most pharmacies are requesting 7 days' notice.
Please request your repeat medication online, by telephone or leave the request in our postbox outside.
Sick notes -
1. Personally affected – isolating for seven days
Patients should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if they are unfit to work.
You do not need to contact your GP.
2. Personally affected - remaining unwell for over seven days
If patients remain unwell and unfit to work over seven days, advice is to visit www.111.nhs.uk and complete an online self-assessment. The patient may be asked to call 111 for further advice on the next steps regarding their illness/ fitness to work.
You do not need to contact your GP.
3. Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
4. At risk group – following government advice
GPs cannot be and are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice. Where patients do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies.
You do not need to contact your GP.
PLEASE CONTACT 111 IF YOU NEED URGENT MEDICAL ADVICE WHEN WE ARE CLOSED. ALWAYS DIAL 999 IN AN EMERGENCY
Tyne Green Parkrun
Members of the Sele team marshalled at the Tyne Green parkrun on Saturday 21 September. Parkrun is a free way to increase your activity levels whether you walk or run the 5km course. The run starts at 9am every Saturday morning. Give it a go!
GP and healthcare assistant appointments are available until 8pm on weekdays and on Saturdays at the Corbridge hub. There are also smear appointments available on the first Saturday of the month and some Wednesday evenings. Please ask a receptionist.
Please let us know if you aren't able to attend your appointment at this particularly busy time of year as we are likely to be able to offer it to someone else, even at short notice.
There are some instances where time is of the essence and you should ring 999 rather than contacting us:
- suspected heart attack eg. chest pain, even if you haven't previoulsy had heart problems;
- sudden and severe shortness of breath
- loss of consciousness
- suspected stroke
- sudden and severe allergic reaction eg. facial swelling or breathing difficulty
Welcome to Sele Medical Practice
To see a doctor in Hexham join us at Sele Medical Practice. Sele is a long established NHS GP practice based in central Hexham, providing a comprehensive range of medical services within a friendly, comfortable and modern purpose-built premises in the Hexham Primary Care Centre. There is an on-site car park, easy access for the less mobile, with all consulting rooms on the ground floor, and facilities for disabled people and families with toddlers and babies.
We pride ourselves on our personal service which includes escorting patients from the waiting area to consulting rooms.
We are actively involved in research and in teaching medical students at various stages of their training.
We achieve high standards as assessed against the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and we have a low level of complaints which is why we can be proud of the high standard of service we offer.
If you are new to the Hexham area, please don't wait until you need to see a doctor, register with a GP now. You will be registered with a named GP but you do not have to consult with that particular GP.
The GP Surgery is open, and appointments are usually available, during the opening times listed on this website. To see a doctor or nurse please telephone us or come into the surgery to book an appointment. Our reception is staffed continuously during our opening hours and appointments are available at various times throughout the day, including lunchtimes.
Offering and Promoting Online Services
We currently offer online booking and cancelling of appointments as well as online ordering of repeat medication.
In addition we also offer patients online access to parts of their own medical record.
Even if you have already signed up for prescription and appointment access, we may need to make additional checks before allowing access to medical details.
A leaflet providing more details can be found below, or please ask at reception. Please consider the information carefully before requesting access and note that a GP may refuse a request if they consider it in the patients best interest to do so.
Information for Patients regarding on line access to medical records
If you would like to apply for online access to book appointments or order repeat medication we do not require 2 forms of ID. please complete the form below and email it to NORCCG.email@example.com, post it to us or drop it in at reception. we will then post your login details out to you.
If you wish to view more detail of your medical record please complete the form and bring into reception with 2 forms of ID, at least one of which must be photo ID. We also have a form if you wish to apply for proxy access to other patients record.
Application form to access medical record online
Application for proxy on line access to another patients medical record
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