2016 Flu Clinic - If your are over 65 or have a chronic disease condition you are entitled to a free flu avccination at the surgery.
The Practice orders a flu vaccine for all eligible patients so we appreciate patients attending the planned clinics. If you don't want a flu vaccine please let us know.
The dates for our 2016 Flu Clinics will be
Saturday 24th September
Saturday 8th October
Further deatils of times will follow
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.
we welcome to the GP team Dr Geoff Crackett, Dr Crackett currently works Tuesdays and Fridays in Haltwhistle. Dr Crackett also works at Middle Chare GP Surgery in County Durham. Dr Sophie Miller is currently on maternity leave and Dr Mary Neeson will cover Dr Millers sessions during this time.
Dr Sam Ezomo has returned to Haltwhistle and will be with us until August 2016. Dr Sarah Garthwaite if currently on maternity leave after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl on New Years Day
Practice Nurses & Healthcare Assistants
We welcome to the nursing team Gayle Fender our new Practice Nurse. Gayle lives locally and has been working in the RVI. Colette Pape has recently undertaken Health Care Assistant training and will be offering appointments for blood tests, blood pressures, ECG’s and health checks. She will continue to work in admin and her role as Practice Medicine Manager.
Jane Hall will retire from her role of District Nurse at the end of May. Jane will be greatly missed as she has carried out her nursing duties for over 40 years.
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.
Staff Training & Development
The practice will next be closed on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 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.
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.