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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

GPs
Dr Derek Thomson will be leaving the practice at the end of September. Dr Thomson has looked after the patients in Haltwhistle for over 25 years and will be greatly missed by staff and patients. He will continue to work for Northumbria Healthcare. A big GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU to Dr Thomson.
We welcome Dr Geoff Crackett to our GP team he will start working in Practice in October and will work Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

GP Registrars
We will be saying goodbye to Dr Beth Hall-Thompson in October. She has now fully completed all her GP training and we wish her well for the future.
We welcome our new GP Registrar Dr Sarah Garthwaite, who started in the practice in August.
 
Practice Nurses & Healthcare Assistants
Our Practice Nurse, Kathleen Armstrong retired in August. She has cared for Haltwhistle patients for over 25 years. She will be greatly missed and we wish her well in her retirement.
We welcome our new Practice Nurse, Sarah Walker. Sarah has 13 years’ Practice Nurse experience, previously working in a Practice in Byker, we have also appointed Sophie Fitzsimmons as Healthcare Assistant, Sophie will work alongside Joanne Dodd providing additional appointments for blood tests, blood pressures, ECGs and NHS Healthchecks. Our nursing team also now offer early bird and late evening appointments.
 
 
Health Visitors
Health Visitor, Meg Walke will retire in September. “Happy Retirement Meg.”
 
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.
 
Flu & Shingles Vaccinations
 
2015 flu clinics wil be held in the Practice Saturday 19th September and Saturday 10th October 
 
Staff Training & Development
 
The practice will next be closed on Wednesday 9th September between 12.30pm and 5.00pm for our quarterly training session.  This is one of only 4 occasions in the year we close for essential staff training updates.  Access to the surgery will not be possible during this time.
 
 
 
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.

Welcome to Haltwhistle Medical Group website

The Haltwhistle Medical Group is based at the Health Centre on Greencroft Avenue in Haltwhistle.

The building has recently been fully refurbished and offers a modern, inviting interior, and full access for disabled patients.  All of our consultation rooms are on the ground floor, and guide/hand rails are available along all of our corridors.

The practice doctors are - Dr M Baker, Dr R Adamson, Dr S Davies, Dr C Robertson, Dr S Miller, Dr J Shaw and Dr G Crackett

We work as a team with the Community Midwife, Community Nurses, Practice Nurses, Health Visitors, Podiatrist, School Nurses and CPNs to provide a comprehensive service for the Haltwhistle district. The practice covers an area of 200 square miles and serves around 5,800 patients.  Our website contains lots of information about accessing healthcare services.

 

For help when the surgery is closed

Telephone 111 – This is a non-emergency number to call out of hours. It is free to call from a landline or a mobile phone. Trained staff will direct your call to the appropriate service.

If you are experiencing chest pain or any other life threatning symptoms please ring 999

Online Appointments

EMIS Access practice registration form

Click the link above to register with the practice to use patient Access (Formerly EMIS Access) for appointments, repeat prescription requests and to view summary care records.

Once you have completed the registration form and handed it in to the practice you will receive your own logon information so that you may can register on the Patient Access website with your patient specific information and start booking your own GP appointments securely online.

Click to create your account here. once you have the logon information from the practice.

calendar  Click Here to book/cancel your appointment online 

.pillClick Here to order your repeat prescription online

Please remember when ordering medication online to type in where you would like to collect your prescription from. 

Please note: Due to the complexity of practice nurse clinics they are not available to book online.Appointments with doctors ARE available to book on line therefore please do not make nursing appointments with doctors.

(Site updated 18/04/2016)
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