Haltwhistle Medical Group, Haltwhistle Health Centre, Greencroft Avenue, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9APTel: 01434 320077
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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
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.
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
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 Medical Centre, within Boots the Chemist
Hotspur Way, Eldon Square
Newcastle Upon Tyne
To make an appointment call now on: 0330 100 4272
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.
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.
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.
Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.
It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.
Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.
Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating.
Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription. Watch this short video on how you can get the most out of your local pharmacy
NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services for patients based in England only. You can receive treatment for many ailments including:
NHS Walk In Centres treat around 3m patients a year and have proved to be a successful complementary service to traditional GP and A&E services. Some centres offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, they are not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problems.
Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.
<div id="TabContainer1_TabPanel3_field3"> <h3>Diarrhoea</h3> <p>Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects almost everyone from time to time. A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel.</p> <p>Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea may also be a side effect of a medication</p> <p align="center"><iframe width="425" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3GvHz2kXSAo"></iframe></p> <p align="left"><a href="http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Diarrhoea/Pages/Introduction.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" linkindex="62">NHS Choices</a> <br />Symptoms, causes, treatment and information</p> <p align="left"><a href="http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Livingwithandaftercancer/Eatingwell/Eatingproblems/Diarrhoea.aspx" target="_blank">Macmillan Cancer Support</a> <br />Diarrhoea as a result of cancer treatments</p> <hr /><em>These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.</em></div>
<h3><img style="float: right; margin: 4px; border-width: 0px;" alt="ipod" src="/images/stethMP3.jpg" width="150" height="150" />First Aid - MP3 Downloads</h3> <p>To save them on your computer, right-click on any of the links below and then click 'Save Target As..." . Click on any of the links below to play the audio files: </p> <p><a title="Burns podcast" href="http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/Files/burns.mp3" rel="nofollow" linkindex="67"> <strong> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">Burns </span> </strong> </a>- Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.</p> <p><a title="Fits podcast" href="http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/fits.mp3" rel="nofollow" linkindex="68"> <strong> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">Fits </span> </strong> </a>- How to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and young children.</p> <p><a title="Wounds" href="http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/wounds.mp3" rel="nofollow" linkindex="69"> <strong> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">Wounds </span> </strong> </a> - Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures.</p> <p><a title="Unconcious Podcast" href="http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/breathing_but_unconscious.mp3" rel="nofollow" linkindex="70"> <strong> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">Unconscious patient who is breathing </span> </strong> </a>- How to deal with an unrousable patient who IS breathing (includes recovery position)</p> <p><a title="CPR for Adults" href="http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/cpr.mp3" rel="nofollow" linkindex="71"> <strong> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">CPR for adults </span> </strong> </a>- Adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT breathing.</p> <p><a title="CPR for babies" href="http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/cpr_baby.mp3" rel="nofollow" linkindex="72"> <strong> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">CPR for babies </span> </strong> </a>- Babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.</p> <p><a title="Collapsed Patient" href="http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/collapsed.mp3" rel="nofollow" linkindex="73"> <strong> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">Collapsed patient in detail </span> </strong> </a>- Explains the complete scenario including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.</p> <p><em>These files have been prepared by </em> <a href="http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" linkindex="74"> <em> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">Sussex Ambulance Service </span> </em> </a> <em>and comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.</em></p> <p></p> <hr /> <h3>Other Links</h3> <p align="left"><a href="http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/First-aid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" linkindex="77"> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">British Red Cross - First Aid Tips</span> </a> <br />Simple, straightforward and easy to understand first aid tips</p> <p align="left"><a href="http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" linkindex="79"> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">St Johns Ambulance<br /></span> </a>St John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic first aid techniques.</p> <hr /> <p><em>These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.</em></p>
<h3>Coughs & Colds</h3> <p>A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough. <strong>Usually it's a self-limiting infection – this means it gets better by itself without the need for treatment.</strong></p> <p align="center"><iframe width="425" height="350" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DyBlpmXEsp8"></iframe></p> <p>On average, adults have two to five colds each year and school-age children can have up to eight colds a year. Adults who come into contact with children tend to get more colds. This is because children usually carry more of the virus, for longer.</p> <p>In the UK, you’re more likely to get a cold during the winter months although the reasons why aren’t fully understood at present.</p> <h3>Treatment of a cold</h3> <p><img style="height: 253px; width: 169px; float: right; border-width: 0px;" alt="coughsandcolds" src="/images/coughsandcolds.jpg" />For most people, a cold will get better on its own within a week of the symptoms starting without any specific treatment. However, there are treatments that can help to ease your symptoms and make you feel more comfortable. These are available from your pharmacy, which means that you can treat yourself, rather than needing to see your GP.</p> <p>There is no cure for colds. Antibiotics, which treat infections caused by bacteria, don't work on cold viruses.</p> <h3>Self-help</h3> <p>There are a number of self-help measures that may help to ease the symptoms of a cold.</p> <ul> <li>Drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration.</li> <li>Steam inhalations with menthol, salt water nasal sprays or drops may be helpful.</li> <li>Vapour rubs may help relieve symptoms for children.</li> <li>Hot drinks (particularly with lemon), hot soups and spicy foods can help to ease irritation and pain in your throat.</li> <li>Sucking sweets or lozenges which contain menthol or eucalyptus may sooth your throat.</li> <li>Gargling with salt water may help a sore throat.</li> </ul> <p>You should try to make sure you get enough rest if you have a cold. It’s not usually necessary to stay off work or school.</p> <p><a href="http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/colds.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" linkindex="48"> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">Colds & Flu </span> </a> <br />A factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of colds & the flu</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/coldsandflu/Pages/Isitacoldorflu.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" linkindex="49"> <span color="#964646" style="color: #964646;">NHS Choices - is it the common cold or the flu? </span> </a> <br />Colds and flu can share some of the same symptoms (sneezing, coughing, sore throat) but are caused by different viruses, and flu can be much more serious. Find out</p> <p><a href="http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/c/colds" target="_blank">Factsheet - Common Cold<br /></a>Information about the diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of the common cold</p>
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