Primary Care Network - Local Community Services
Haltwhistle Medical Group are part of the West Northumberland Primary Care Network (PCN), the PCN’s form a key building block of the NHS long-term plan. PCN’s aim to deliver improved levels of care for patients by connecting the primary healthcare team across the area with local community service providers. This allows a new more streamlined, multi-disciplined personalised and co-ordinated approach the patient care. We are fortunate to be working with Tom Thwaites Community Paramedic, Rebecca Gibson Living Well Co-ordinator, Aki Mirza Community Pharmacist and Anita Stokoe and Helen Ford Community Mental Health Practitioners and we will soon have a first contact Physio.
Please visit our Services section for more information on the Living Well Co-Ordinator - social prescribing service.
Walk and Talk - We are excited to announce that in partnership with NCC Health Trainer Service, Haltwhistle Leisure Centre & Haltwhistle Medical Group together we have arranged Walk and Talk sessions.
These short walk sessions are taking place every Tuesday starting from the 1st February meeting outside Haltwhistle Leisure Centre at 10:30am and have been set up to help with mental health and promote healthy living:
- It is open to people of all abilities aged 16+
- It will be FREE
- Short Casual Walk lasting no longer than 1 hour
- No booking required
The walks will be organised, planned, risk assessed and lead by a NCC Health Trainers who will be walking with you and on hand to discuss healthy lifestyle and options available in your local area to suit you. Afterwards walkers will have the opportunity to explore Haltwhistle Leisure Centre, their facilities and stay to chat in the Café. These walks are going to be a great opportunity to meet people, speak to a professional and explore what Haltwhistle has to offer.
BREAST SCREENING - The screening mobile unit is currently located in Wentworth Leisure Centre Car Park, Hexham, 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) .
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, the NHS will contact you and invite you when you're eligible to receive yours.
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)
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 Ade Adelekun who is currently in his third year of training.
Please click here to review our latest practice privacy notice reviewed April 2020.
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.