Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated on 16th June 2020 at 9:00 am

FOR CURRENT ADVICE ON COVID-19 PLEASE REFER TO THE GOV.UK SITE. Update 16/06/2020 Face covering It is a requirement for patients to wear a face covering when entering the surgery. If you come to collect a prescription or have an appointment we would be grateful if you could come with your face covering on – […]

Community Information Morning – Tuesday 14th of May

Updated on 13th May 2019 at 10:20 am

Community information morning at Adapt North East, Hexham. Tuesday 14 May 2019 10.30am – 12.30pm Resource Room, next to Café @ Burn Lane Come and speak to local organisations at this free event for advice and information on health, wellbeing and more. Age UK Northumberland • Talking Matters Healthwatch Northumberland & more Information morning poster […]

Healthwatch Northumberland

Updated on 20th February 2019 at 11:57 am

Healthwatch Northumberland are currently promoting their annual survey

Living With and Beyond Cancer – Health and Wellbeing in the Community

Updated on 23rd January 2019 at 3:26 pm

Have you had a cancer diagnosis and live in Northumberland or North Tyneside? Why not go along to a living well with and beyond cancer event, to find out what support and activities are available in your area to help improve your quality of life. for more information  click here: Living with and beyond cancer […]

Requesting repeat medication

Updated on 17th October 2018 at 12:30 pm

When possible please request your repeat medication at least TWO-THREE working days before you need to start taking it. You can request repeat medication in advance, for example when you start your last week’s supply. This will allow us time to order any medication we do not have in stock, dispense it safely and ensure […]

Team news

Updated on 17th October 2018 at 12:27 pm

Team news Congratulations to Julie Murdy, (Receptionist/Dispenser ) who has successfully completed her NVQ Level 3 course in Customer Service. Well done from all of us!  

Going for a Song!

Updated on 17th October 2018 at 12:25 pm

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NUTH) is running a drop-in choir session …..

Planning a winter holiday?

Updated on 17th October 2018 at 12:22 pm

Travel vaccine schedules cannot always be completed at the last minute.


Updated on 17th October 2018 at 12:18 pm

Help prevent the spread of infections including flu and the norovirus stomach bug this winter.

Flu Vaccine

Updated on 17th October 2018 at 12:10 pm

Have you had your flu vaccine yet?

The Joint Health and Wellbeing Survey 2018-2028

Updated on 9th August 2018 at 2:46 pm

Northumberland County Council and NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to engage with the people of Northumberland to hear your thoughts and feelings about their ideas. They would like you to give them your views by taking the time to answer a short survey. Your feedback is really valuable and will be gathered and considered to help shape […]

Payment by debit or credit cards.

Updated on 9th August 2018 at 2:27 pm

You can now pay for your prescription charge or other payable fees using contactless or chip and pin at both Humshaugh and Wark Surgery. We are sure this will be well received and a more convenient method of payment for many people.    

Measles outbreak

Updated on 9th August 2018 at 2:26 pm

Public Health England is advising the public to ensure they have had 2 doses of MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles are confirmed across England and Europe. Anyone who has not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine is at risk. Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications and […]

New service available: C-Card

Updated on 9th August 2018 at 2:24 pm

  We are now offering this service to all young people up to the age of 25. We offer confidential sexual health advice/screening and free condoms. Please call the surgery on 01434 681281 to book an appointment with our Practice Nurse, Gudrun Heslop, who holds a Diploma with the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. […]

How we use your medical records – Important information for patients

Updated on 9th August 2018 at 2:13 pm

This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality. We share medical records with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment. In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example to find out more about why people get ill. We share information […]

Beat Asthma

Updated on 20th April 2018 at 11:24 am

  Respiratory experts at the Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH) in Newcastle have launched a new asthma website Beat Asthma –  to help improve asthma care for children and young people in the North East. The ‘Beat Asthma’ website will provide information and education to help families, schools and health professionals to work together to ensure […]

Prescription Charges

Updated on 3rd April 2018 at 8:00 am

  From April 1st 2018 Prescription charges will rise to £8.80 per item Prescription Pre-payment Certificates 3 month pre-payment certificate will cost   £29.10 12 month pre-payment certificate will cost  £104.00 (if buying a 12 month certificate you can spread the cost over 10 months by Direct Debit payments) You can collect an application form from the Surgery […]

The “One You” Couch to 5k challenge

Updated on 29th March 2018 at 9:11 am

The Couch to 5k smartphone app is back! BBC Get Inspired and Public Health England’s One You campaign will get you off the couch and running in just nine weeks. To watch the BBC Couch to 5k challenge video click here The app can be downloaded by searching for ‘One You Couch to 5k’ in […]

Hadrian Extra Care Hub

Updated on 14th March 2018 at 9:13 am

If you find it difficult to attend an appointment during the working day, the Hub (based in Corbridge) can offer you pre-bookable, routine appointments with GPs, nurses and health care assistants between 6pm and 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am till 5pm on a Saturday. If you wish to be seen at the Hub, contact our Reception […]

Team News

Updated on 14th March 2018 at 9:07 am

  We are delighted to announce that Dr Mary Neeson who has worked with us as a Locum GP for many years is joining our team as a GP partner in April. Many of you will already know Mary from her sessions working with us and we are all looking forward to welcoming her to […]


Updated on 12th March 2018 at 9:28 am

We would like to thanks all our patients for your patience and understanding during the recent adverse weather conditions. Kate Lowe Practice Manager

NHS Child Health

Updated on 20th December 2017 at 12:28 pm

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips

Do you care for a person with dementia?

Updated on 1st November 2017 at 9:03 am

  The Dementia Training Centre is offering FREE Dementia Training for Carers.   They will be holding 2 sessions. One in Hexham and one in Alnwick.   Hexham Date: 6th November 2017 Time: 10.30am – 3.00pm Venue: Adapt Building, Burn Lane, Hexham,  NE46 3HN   Alnwick Date:  7th November 2017 Time: 10.30am – 3.00pm Venue: The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, […]

On line prescription ordering and booking GP appointments

Updated on 21st September 2017 at 11:55 am

Booking GP appointments and requests for repeat medication can be made online.  You can access this system 24 hours a day and saves you having to call the surgery to request your medication or book a GP appointment. If you would like to register for this service please ask at Reception for a registration form. Guide […]

Hepatitis B vaccination shortage

Updated on 14th August 2017 at 11:27 am

Advice from Public Health England There is currently a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine which is now affecting the UK. We have put in place measures so that the NHS and other providers can vaccinate those at highest risk. This does mean that those at lower risk may not be able to get the […]

Great North Care Record

Updated on 3rd August 2017 at 2:16 pm

Doctors, nurses and health professionals are working to improve the way patient information is securely shared within the North East and North Cumbria – improving the care you receive and helping NHS services to run more efficiently.   for more information about the Great North Care Record click here

Secondhand Smoke is Poison

Updated on 31st July 2017 at 4:19 pm

Fresh North East supported by the British Lung Foundation have launched a new campaign entitled “Second-hand Smoke is Poison” aiming to protect children from second-hand smoke exposure. For more information follow the link:  smokefreefamilies

“Getabout” helps you get where you need to be!

Updated on 6th July 2017 at 5:17 pm

  Do you have difficulty in accessing essential services in Northumberland? Getabout can help. A free information and advice service that will endeavour to solve your transport needs. Contact them on 03333 441 740 or e-mail    

Meningitis vaccine ACWY

Updated on 6th July 2017 at 5:16 pm

  Teenagers born between 01/09/1998 -31/08/1999 (2017 school leaver) are now eligible for catch up Men ACWY vaccination. The vaccine helps protect against four types of meningitis and blood poisoning. Anyone born on or after 01/09/1996 who missed routine school or catch-up Men ACWY vaccination, or new entrants to higher education (university freshers) who have […]

Team news!

Updated on 6th July 2017 at 5:15 pm

Following completion of a Level 2 NVQ in Business and Administration, Katie Tinlin has recently completed the Level 2 Dispensing Doctors course which means she can now work as part of our dispensing team. Well done Katie, you are a great asset to our team.  

New Dispensary at Wark

Updated on 6th July 2017 at 5:13 pm

We have recently undergone some re-organisation within the Surgery at Wark which has enabled us to develop a dedicated area where dispensing can be carried out, away from the day to day hustle and bustle which will be beneficial to patients and staff.

Home Visits

Updated on 6th July 2017 at 5:09 pm

If you have an illness that means you cannot leave home to attend surgery, a home visit can be carried out by the Duty Doctor on call. If at all possible we do ask patients to come to the practice to be seen and if transport is an issue, please ask family or friends if […]

Seasonal Influenza Campaign 2017

Updated on 6th July 2017 at 5:07 pm

This year we will run two open flu clinics, no appointment necessary: Wark Saturday 23rd September 9am-12.30pm   Humshaugh Saturday 30th September 9am-12.30pm   These clinics are for: Adults over the age of 18 who are at risk of flu (those with underlying health conditions) and everyone over 65 years of age (aged 65 and […]

National Diabetes Audit

Updated on 12th June 2017 at 10:33 am

Helping to improve diabetes care. Our GP Practice is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS.  The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) Click on the link below for more information NDA PIL

Needing more time than we have allocated for your appointment?

Updated on 20th March 2017 at 10:42 am

  If you have an appointment booked with one of our nursing team for bloods or a specific review you will be booked in for the length of time we anticipate that consultation to take. For example a blood appointment has a 10 minute slot, chronic disease reviews range from 20 – 45 minutes, or […]

Urgent Surgery Sessions

Updated on 20th March 2017 at 10:32 am

As you will be aware we have an urgent surgery each morning at Humshaugh and urgent appointments are available each morning at Wark. If you require an urgent appointment you will be offered a morning appointment and we ask that you make every effort to accept this appointment. The benefit of having a morning urgent […]

Text Reminder Service

Updated on 20th March 2017 at 10:02 am

We now have a text reminder service for GP and Nurse appointments. If you are happy to use this service, the reminder will be sent to you two days before your appointment if we have a mobile telephone number on your medical record. If you are not sure if we hold your current mobile number, […]

Medical advice at your fingertips: Information for parents and carers

Updated on 23rd November 2016 at 1:18 pm

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help you look after their children’s health. The app gives easy to understand guidance on childhood illnesses, recognising when your child is unwell, and advice on when and where to seek further treatment. The app, which is also available as a 115-page booklet, […]

Extended Surgery Hours

Updated on 23rd June 2016 at 5:00 pm

We are pleased to announce that as of the 1st July 2016 we will be extending our surgery opening hours to 6pm. This is a reflection of the demand for increased access to the surgery later in the day particularly for our working age population. We recently carried out a patient survey; 91% of the […]

CQC Inspection Report

Updated on 21st April 2016 at 6:34 pm

Following our CQC inspection on the 3rd of February the report is now available

Would you like to stop smoking?

Updated on 15th February 2016 at 4:05 pm

 If you are a smoker, you will be aware of the advantages of giving up smoking. Stopping smoking can prevent the onset of serious health issues in the future. We would strongly urge you to seek advice to help you stop smoking. For information and advice on helping you stop smoking, please visit NHS Choices […]

Leaving Samples For Testing at Reception

Updated on 15th February 2016 at 4:02 pm

 Leaving Samples For Testing at Reception If you have been asked to leave a sample for either routine testing, or to be sent of to the lab, please ensure you have completed a request slip before handing over to our reception team.  (available at reception if not already given at a consultation) The slip asks […]

Repeat Medication Requests

Updated on 15th February 2016 at 3:52 pm

Please can we ask that all requests for repeat medication are made at least TWO-THREE working days before you need to start taking them. This will enable us to have all your medication ready for collection and may save you having to come back if you arrive for collection too early. Ideally, you could request […]


Updated on 15th February 2016 at 3:51 pm

From the 11th April 2016 we will no longer run an Open Surgery at Humshaugh or at Wark. We have reached this decision after careful consideration, planning and also discussion with our Patient Participation Group. There are many reasons we have decided to change our existing structure. Specifically to: Reduce patient waiting time for open […]

Booked appointments

Updated on 23rd October 2015 at 12:51 pm

arriving on time for an appointment.

Shingles vaccine

Updated on 23rd October 2015 at 12:49 pm

Could you be elligible for a shingles vaccine…. please read on.

Sample Testing

Updated on 16th July 2015 at 3:52 pm

Instructions for samples being left at reception…..

Named GP

Updated on 16th July 2015 at 3:47 pm

All our patients are to be allocated a named GP

Solar Panels

Updated on 16th July 2015 at 3:45 pm

Work will soon begin on the installation of Solar Panels at our Surgery in Humshaugh

Patient Online Access

Updated on 26th February 2015 at 2:21 pm

 Patients who are registered for EMIS ACCESS can make appointments and order repeat medication over a secure internet connection. Under the terms of the 2014/15 GP contract, patients registered for EMIS ACCESS are now able to view specific parts of their medical record – medication, allergies and adverse reactions. Patients who are registered with EMIS […]

Friends and Family Test in General Practice

Updated on 16th December 2014 at 4:46 pm

    From December 1st 2014 it is a contractual requirement that all GP Practices undertake the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT). This is a feedback tool that supports the fundamental principle that people who use NHS services should have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience that can be used to improve […]

Medical Aid for Africa

Updated on 17th September 2014 at 1:16 pm

Inter Care is a pioneering medical charity which has been distributing unused UK drugs to rural African health clinics for 40 years. They have sent over £11.5 million worth of essential medicines to 127 health units in rural Africa, including hospitals, orphanages, dispensaries and other units, but mainly they are remote health centres in rural […]

Collection of Prescriptions containing controlled drugs

Updated on 14th April 2014 at 7:33 am

  Due the nature of these items we have to adhere to strict policies regarding the issuing and collection of these. As a result of this it can take dispensary staff time to ensure these procedures are followed. For this reason we would advise that it is best to avoid busy surgery times and try […]

Patient Participation Group

Updated on 16th October 2013 at 3:25 pm

 Would you be interested in joining our Patient Participation Group?  In order to help us improve services we need your help and feedback.   Your role could help influence and develop future local services. As a group we will have occasional meetings within the practice but we anticipate that e-mail will be  our main method of […]