BREAST SCREENING IN HALTWHISTLE - We are expecting the screening mobile unit arriving in Haltwhistle this December and we are hoping to raise awareness and encourage all eligible ladies to attend their screening appointments. The mobile unit attends every 3 years so it is important we take the opportunity for free screening while it is in our area. Please read our Breast Cancer Awareness information leaflet highlighting the importance of screening, what it involves and what changes to look out for when checking your breasts.
It’s essential you protect yourself and others against both flu and COVID-19.
The #COVID19 vaccination programme continues and expands following new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) . This will strengthen our defences against the #OmicronVariant and will be offered to patients as below:
Everyone over 18 will be offered a booster dose
Boosters will be given at least three months after the second dose
12-15 year-olds will be offered a second dose, at least 12 weeks after the first
Severely immunosuppressed people will be offered a fourth dose
Boosters will continue to be offered in priority order to protect those most at risk from the virus therefore not everyone will be eligible as soon as they hit 3 months from their second vaccine. The NHS will contact you and invite you when you're eligible to receive yours, current guidance remains at 6 months after your second vaccine however we are expecting this to become 3 months in due course. If you are unable to book, it is because the system is prioritising at the moment...
Find out if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine and a COVID-19 booster. nhs.uk/WinterVaccinations
For any advice please call 119.
We are pleased to see the return of our seasonal newsletter. Please sign up to our newsletter to receive it electronically, alternatively we have a paper copies in surgery.
PLEASE SEE OUR COVID-19 PAGE FOR UP TO DATE NATIONAL, LOCAL AND PRACTICE NEWS.
(COVID-19 page can be found under Services)
BOOK YOUR FREE FLU VACCINE APPOINTMENT
Appointments are now available to book for your annual FLU VACCINATION.
Appointments can be booked online or we have a dedicated flu booking telephone line on 01434 323367 which is open Monday to Friday 09:00 - 12:00 noon. We have ordered a flu vaccine for ALL eligible patients. We do expect demand to be high so please book ASAP.
The main winter flu leaflet (accessible and translated versions) : The Flu Vaccination – Who Should Have it and Why? https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-this-winter-and-why This explains the importance of the influenza (flu) vaccination this winter: 2021 to 2022
The NHS have issued some important information to keep you safe while isolating at home.
If you have been identified as having COVID19 or as a contact of somebody who has contracted the virus and been advised to isolate, this leaflet holds key information on how to stay safe during this time whether you are looking after yourself or somebody else please read to find out more about when to seek urgent medical assistance, concerns during pregnancy, COVID19 symptoms and recovery.
Isolating at Home
Hearing Aid Batteries
If you require hearing aid batteries you now can contact the hearing aid department at the Freeman Hospital direct on 01912231043 selecting option 1 and ask for them you will be sent out a years supply of batteries to your home address.
Patients living with a long term condition will be invited for an annual review, we strongly encourage patients to attend these reviews. An invitation will be sent via text message to invite you to arrange your review usually around the month of your birthday therefore it is important that we have your most up to date mobile number on your record. For more information about Long Term Condition annual reviews please visit our Services page under Clinics & Services
Access To Healthcare
Accessing Help at the Practice
Online Booking Patient Access : You can now use the internet to book appointments with a GP, Cervical Smears, request repeat prescriptions for any medications you take regularly, and arrange your Flu Vaccination appointment. For more information about this please visit www.haltwhistlemedicalgroup.co.uk/doitonline.aspx or to use this service you can download the nhs app and login using your personal login details, this can be downloaded at https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/
E-Consult : We have introduced a new way for patients to receive advice using an online facility called E-Consult, this online triage service ask patients a series of questions and prompts to direct to the most appropriate medical assistance and can be accessed simply by clicking the blue banner on the home screen of the website https://haltwhistlemedicalgroup.webgp.com/ Patient information, questions or queries will be sent direct to the practice via a secure email facility and the practice will respond by the end of the next working day.
Accessing Help Outside of the Practice
Pharmacy - Don't wait until you feel worse, even if it is just a cough or cold, you can consult your pharmacist before it gets more serious. They have trained technicians available to help manage minor illnesses and are available as a first port of call and can advise if you need more urgent medical assistance.
111 : You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help. Your call will be assessed and passed to the most appropriate service. NHS 111 is available 24/7 for advice and guidance.
COVID19 – Latest Guidance : GP surgeries do not have the facilities to diagnose or treat this infection so please do not come to the surgery if you think you might be infected. For the most up to date information and guidelines please visit : https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Haltwhistle Memorial Hospital Minor Injuries Unit : Many people go to A&E or call a GP when they could be treated just as well, and probably quicker, at a minor injuries unit.
Minor Injuries hours open Monday - Sunday 08:00 -17:00.
Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital Minor injuries units are able to treat patients for a wide range of less serious injuries such as:
• Minor burns and scalds
• Head injury / fall
• Foreign body in eye
• Lacerations / cuts / abbrasions
• Emergency Contraception
• Infected Finger / toes (paronychia)
• Minor sprains e.g ankle
In these instances, it is much better to go along to your local minor injuries unit.
We have introduced a new way for patients to contact the practice using an online facility called E-Consult, this service will enable any patient to make direct contact with the practice through a series of questions and prompts simply by clicking the blue banner on the home screen of the website. patient information, question or query will be sent direct to the practice via a secure email facility and the practice will respond by the end of the next working day.
We also have a Facebook page, this page is designed to keep you up to date with news and information from the practice and nationally. We hope you find our page useful and informative.
Visit us on Facebook @Haltwhistlemedical
We most recently welcome to join or team Dr Helen Berry who is completing her third year of training and also Dr Andy Shaw who is currently in his first year of training.
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Patient Telephone Numbers
Please can you check that your record is up to date with your current landline and mobile telephone numbers
Text Message Reminder Service
If you would like to be set up for our text message reminder service please let reception know your current mobile number to receive appointment booking confirmations, invitations and reminders via text.