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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 

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

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


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.

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.

NHS 111 is active in this area. Contact 111 out of normal surgery hours when you need medical help fast but it’s not a life-threatening emergency. If it’s a life-threatening emergency call 999.

2015 Flu Clinics

The clinics will take place at the Surgery on the dates and times listed below.

Saturday 19th September 2015


Time                        Surname beginning with the letter

08.30 – 09.25              B

09.30 – 10.25              A & C

10.30 – 11.25              D & E

11.30 – 12.25              F, G & I

13.15 – 14.25              H, J, K & L


Saturday 10th October 2015


Time                        Surname beginning with the letter

08.30 – 09.25              M & N

09.30 – 10.25              P & R

10.30 – 11.25              T & U

11.30 – 12.25              O, Q, V & Y

13.15 – 14.25              S & W


If you are unable to attend the clinic at the time relative to your surname, please attend at any other time on the 19th September or the 10th October.


Patients entitled to a flu vaccination:


  • All those aged 65 and over

  • Pregnant women

  • Registered Carers

  • Those aged 6 months or older with the following conditions:

  • Chest problems

  • Chronic heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Chronic neurological disease

  • Immunosuppressed or spleen problems

We will also be offering:-


Shingles Vaccination

All patients aged 70, 78 or 79 on the 1st September 2015 will be offered the Shingles vaccine.

This can be given at the same time as your flu vaccination


Childrens Fluenz Nasal Spray

All children aged 2, 3 or 4 years on the 31st August 2015 will be entitled to have the children fluenz nasal spray – these clinics are bookable appointments on Thursday 15th October & Thursday 22nd October –contact the Surgery to book an appointment.




Our Autumn 2015 Newsletter is now available
Haltwhistle Medical Group

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.

We work as a team with the Community Midwife, Community nurses, practice nurses, Health Visitors, Podiatrist, School nurses and CPNs so as to provide a comprehensive service for the Haltwhistle district. The practice covers an area of 200 square miles and serves around 5,800 patients.


The practice doctors are - Dr M Baker,  Dr D Thomson, Dr R Adamson, Dr S Davies, Dr C Robertson, Dr S Miller, Dr J Shaw




From Spring 2014 the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will start to extract coded GP data from our clinical systems each month as part of a project known as Care.Data. This is a National data extraction run by NHS England and is a mandatory requirement for GP practices.

The data being extracted will be linked with data from hospitals and community services in order to provide a fuller picture of how care is delivered within the NHS. This will then be used to plan improvements and future developments. Information such as your postcode and NHS Number (but not your name) will be used to link your records in a secure system so that your identity is protected. The information will be used by researchers and those planning future health services to improve the delivery of care throughout the NHS in England.

You do have a choice however, about whether you wish your data to be used in this way and GP practices are being asked to make patients aware of this project.  Households in the area should have received patient information leaflets about this project or you can find further information

If you would like to opt-out of the project please contact the GP Surgery and let the receptionist know or complete one of the opt out forms that can be found on-line and send to the Surgery and we will code your medical record accordingly.

Please see the information at the link below for information about the project:

As a patient your data will automatically be included in to this project unless you let us know otherwise.  We are required by law to do this by NHS England under the Health & Social Care Act.

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.

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