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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.

Change 4 Life

Get active Northumberland 5-13 years, are offering fun, friendly physical activity and healthy lifestyle sessions for children and their parents 

Where: Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham

When :  Every Thursday for 9 weeks from Thursday 14th May 2015 until Thursday 16th July 2015

Time: 4.15 - 5.45pm

Tel 01670 784 183 or e-mail gan@nct.nhs.uk for more information

 

THE 10,000 STEP CHALLENGE

www.nhs.uk/change4life/

Change4Life - choose a challenge to suit you

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We have a selection of Change4Life challenges that are designed to be fun and to fit in with family life. Change4Life is all about making small, easy changes to your life that will eventually make a big difference to your family's health and happiness.

Choose a couple or challenges - see how you and your family get on with them then come back next week for more inspiration. 

 

                  5-a-day challenge

c4l logo five a dayEat a rainbow: Get your children to find fruit and veg of difference colours at the supermarket then aim to get the same variety of fruit and veg on their plates.

 

 


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60 active minutes

Make today "Family spring cleaning day"
Give everyone a job (or two), put on your favourite music, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in.  

 


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cut back fat

Give the frying pan a week off - grill or bake all your meals instead.  

 


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meal time

Many hands make light work: Each time you prepare a meal over the coming week, find one job for the kids too - even if it's just spreading their own toast in the morning. 

 

 


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me size meals

Look at the portion sizes that your family eats - do all your family need the same amount? 

 


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snack check

When your children come home "staaarrrrviiing" have healthy snacks such as carrot sticks or apples ready to dish out to them. 

 


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sugar swaps

Swap half of your childrens sugary drinks for milk, water, unsweetened fruit juice or sugar free varieties of squash.  

 


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up and about

Get hopping: This week every time someone says your name, hop 3 times on the spot. Get the whole family to join in. 



 
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