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Please can we have a moment of your time to tell us about the service we provide.  You can complete the Friends and Family test online or in the Practice and we do appreciate your feedback.

 

We are having an increasing number of patients not attending booked appointments in the surgery. Please cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend 

Reminder - please ensure that the practice has your correct telephone numbers on record, landline and mobile numbers can be stored on your record.
 

Practice news... 

Staff Changes

Staff News

 

 

GP Registrars
We currently have 2 GP registrars working in Practice - Dr Craig Winthrop and Dr Gary Ferguson.
 
 
Practice Nurses & Healthcare Assistants
We welcome to the nursing team Gayle Fender our new Practice Nurse. Gayle lives locally and has been working in the RVI. Colette Pape has recently undertaken Health Care Assistant training and will be offering appointments for blood tests, blood pressures, ECG’s and health checks.  She will continue to work in admin and her role as Practice Medicine Manager.
 
 
 
Art in the Surgery
 
We are now displaying original art and prints from local artists and photographers in the surgery.
 
These are available to purchase directly from the artist or photographer.  Please see information near to the prints in the surgery.
 
Staff Training & Development
 
The practice closes 4 times a year for quarterly staff training sessions.  Details of dates will be posted as soon as possible
 
 
Private Fees

Please note that not all form filling is covered under the NHS therefore there will be a charge for medical insurance reports, certificate signing, passport signing, general medicals and any other non NHS work.

We are currently reviewing our charges and will produce an up to date list  soon which will be available at reception.

 

Travel Vaccinations

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements.

Please call in to collect a Travel Vaccination questionnaire to be filled in and returned to surgery prior to a appointment being given.

It is important to do this as early as possible - at least 6 weeks

Before you travel

These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge.

This is because not all travel vaccination is included in the services provided by the NHS and therefore is a chargeable service.

If you leave your vaccinations late we may not be able to give you an appointment in time, if this is the case we aim to inform you asap and you may choose to contact -

Newcastle Travel Clinic

Newcastle Medical Centre, within Boots the Chemist

Hotspur Way, Eldon Square

Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE1 7XE

To make an appointment call now on: 0330 100 4272

Research

The practice would like to thank all patients who have responded so positively to invitations to participate in research studies offered via the practice. Research is vital to healthcare in terms of the way conditions are managed and drug development and is something which we are keen to support. We realise and appreciate that participation is not for everyone and we do not mind if anyone refuses an invitation.

A&E Attendances

Did you know that many people turn up to casualty in Hexham and then simply decide they can't wait any longer? In doing this patients trigger a charge of £59. We offer a minor injuries service at the practice during normal working hours - please call or ask at reception for more information.

 

Routine Appointments

Appointments are available at all times in advance with named doctors therefore please try to book in advance as this helps us to manage the same day urgent demand better and reduces your disappointment when trying to see a specific doctor about a pre-existing condition.

 

Have you thought about registering with us for Patient Access? Many patients are now using the system to make appointments directly with the GP of their choice in advance. If you are interested please download an application form and we will send your registration details out to you ASAP. If you are not sure and would welcome a demo of the system pop in and have a chat with Shona or Jane who will only be too pleased to help you.

What is e-referral

E-referral is a service that lets you choose your hospital or clinic and book your first appointment.

When you and your GP agree that you need an appointment, you can choose which hospital or clinic you go to. You will also be able to choose the date and time of your appointment.

The benefits of e-referral:

  • You can choose any hospital in England funded by the NHS (this includes NHS hospitals and some independent hospitals).  More information about hospitals is available on the NHS Choices website.
  • You can choose the date and time of your appointment.
  • You experience greater convenience and certainty.  With e-referral, the choice is yours.
  • There is less chance that information will get lost in the post because more correspondence takes place through computers.

What does e-referral mean for me?

As well as giving you a choice of hospital, date and time for your appointment, e-referral will also give you the ability to:

  • plan and manage around your existing appointments, if you are currently undergoing treatment
  • fit your treatment in with your other commitments, at home and at work
  • choose appointments that fit with your carer's schedule
  • check the status of your referral and to change or cancel your appointments easily over the phone or on the internet.

How does e-referral work?

When you and your GP agree that you need an appointment with a specialist, e-referral shows your GP which hospitals or clinics are available for your treatment.  Your GP discusses with you the clinically appropriate options that are available for treating your medical condition.

If you know where and when you would like to be seen, you may be able to book your appointment before you leave the surgery.  You will be given confirmation of the place, date and time of your appointment.

You may want more time to consider your choices.  If so, you can take the Appointment Request letter away with you and book your appointment later.  Your Appointment Request letter lists your unique booking reference number, your NHS numberand a list of hospital or clinic options for you to choose from.  Your GP practice will also give you a password with your Appointment Request letter.

You can then decide how you wish to book your appointment; via the telephone, using the national number on the letter or via the internet.  Please note that whilst the vast majority of appointments can be booked this way, in some cases you will need to telephone your chosen hospital directly to make your appointment.   This is because the hospital computer does not link to e-referral.  This will change over time as the old hospital computers are replaced with new ones.

Can I book all my appointments through e-referral?

When you and your GP agree that you need an appointment with a specialist, you can book your first hospital or clinic appointment using e-referral.

Choosing your hospital

 
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