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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.

Stop Smoking Service

FREE STOP SMOKING SERVICE IN HALTWHISTLE.

Smokers who are sick of smoking and are ready to quit are 4 times more likely to stop by attending a free stop smoking service, and weekly clinics are held in Haltwhistle Health Centre, by the Northumberland Stop Smoking Service.

The stop smoking service has trained advisors who will offer free friendly advice and support to help you stop smoking. Your advisor can also recommend the most appropriate medication to help you quit.

Why stop smoking?

Every time you smoke, you damage your body

Every draw from a cigarette introduces over 4000 toxins into your body.

Every time you draw from a cigarette you fill your lungs with toxic smoke, your body becomes short of oxygen, and your blood becomes thicker. This places strain on your heart and increases your risk of cardiac problems.

Tobacco smoke ages your lungs making their function decline sooner. COPD

Smoking during pregnancy has severe consequences on the unborn child and often results in low birth weight, premature delivery, and reduced lung development for the child. It increases the risk of respiratory disorders during early and teenage years

You'll be surprised at how quickly you see the benefits once you stub out that last cigarette. Your breathing and general fitness will improve, your skin will look better and your sense of taste will return.

E-CIGARETTES

The Northumberland Stop Smoking Services now proactively welcome anyone who wants to use e-cigarettes as part of their quit attempt and increase their chance of success.

There has been an overall shift towards the inaccurate perception of e-cigarettes being as harmful as cigarettes over the last year in contrast to the current expert estimate that using e-cigarettes is around 95% safer than smoking. (Department of Health 2015)

If you are considering changing from smoking tobacco to, using an e-cigarette come along and chat with our advisor who will help you decide what type and strength of e-cigarette will be most appropriate for your level of smoking.

If you are using an e-cigarette and continue to smoke tobacco, come along and our advisor can help you to go completely tobacco free.

For further information, ask at reception. To book an appointment with the stop smoking advisor contact 01670 813135.



 
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