Dr Stirling will be retiring on the 31st March 2014.
Dr Jeffreys is relocating to a GP Surgery in Berwick. She will leave us on 10th April 2014.
We would like to wish both doctors the best of luck for the future and thank them for the work and commitment they have given to the practice and Patients.
We have had a number of changes within the admin team recently.
Jane Charteries is currently carrying out the role of practice manager. Colette Owen is now practice Medicine manager. We also welcome to the team Janine Simpson. Janine is a familiar face as she has been providing admin support to the Community Team for a number of years
Dr Barry Wright and Dr Sam Ezomo left the practice in February 2014, and we now have Dr Alex Stearn working with us on a Thursday and Friday until August 2014.
We also welcome back to the practice Dr Jo-Anne Shaw. Dr Shaw has had a career break to concentrate on her family, her GP returner training will take her to June 2014, after which time she has been offered a permanent GP post in the practice.
In addition to appointing Dr Shaw we have appointed 2 more new doctors who will start with the practice at the beginning of May, Dr Sophie Miller and Dr Carol Robertson.
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
Please see latest news for more information.
Staff Training & Development
The practice will next be closed on Wednesday 18th June between 12.30pm and 4.30pm 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.
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
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.
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.