COVID BOOSTER VACCINATIONS

Updated on 22nd September 2021 at 9:54 am

The NHS has started to send out text messages and emails inviting patients to book a booster vaccination through the national booking service, either online or by calling 119.
If you receive an invitation you can of course book yourself an appointment however note, there are currently no locals sites offering booster vaccinations.
Locally it is likely that the Hexham Mart site will re-open in the coming 2-3 weeks to offer booster vaccinations. Just now we are unsure how we shall invite you to book for this, it may be through the national booking site or by invitation from the practice, as we did for the first phase of the vaccination programme. The booster programme is to follow the same priority groups as previously. We shall provide an update when we know more.
Please note that even when the Mart site reopens for COVID booster vaccinations it will not be offering flu vaccinations. The NHS advise is to not delay getting your flu jab, so if you have not booked this already please do so either for a practice clinic.

FLU VACCINATIONS

Updated on 31st August 2021 at 1:16 pm

All patients aged 50+ are eligible for a free flu vaccine this year. We shall start by offering our first appointments to those over 65 years of age and those with underlying conditions, before opening up to all over 50 years of age. We shall hold several clinics, starting on 14th September, these shall be […]

NATIONAL BLOOD BOTTLE SHORTAGE

Updated on 31st August 2021 at 9:34 am

UPDATE ON THE BLOOD BOTTLE SHORTAGE: We are now able to resume blood tests and shall work through the backlog, clinically prioritising.

We have been notified that there is a National shortage of the blood test bottles used locally. These are sourced and supplied to us by NHS England.

We have received instructions from NHSE that we must only undertake urgent blood tests. This affects both GP surgeries and hospitals. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about this as a practice. The supply situation is not one we have any control over.

The main concern of Humshaugh and Wark Medical Group remains safety first. We will do everything we can to make sure that essential tests are carried out.

“What does urgent mean?”
It means things like blood tests that are needed for urgent cancer referrals, blood tests that are needed for safe prescribing of certain medications or tests which might help us avoiding having to admit patients to hospital. We will have to consider each clinical situation individually.

“What if I have a blood test booked?”
We will have to look at our appointment book this week to see which patients should be delayed and which should not. Please wait to hear from us. If you don’t hear anything, please attend your appointment as arranged.

“What if I have a chronic disease like diabetes?”
We will most likely have to delay any “routine” monitoring blood tests. The senior clinical team, led by the GPs will assess whether it is safe to defer a test for individual patients for a while until the supply chain is back to normal. However, if your chronic disease needs a blood test for safety reasons, we will do our best to get that sorted for you, assuming the local area does not run out of bottles completely.

Please bear in mind that we have NO CONTROL over the supply situation. We, like you, are in the hands of NHSE. We are following their guidance, which will no doubt be updated as the situation changes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

GDPR How data in your GP record is used and how you can control the use (opt-out)

Updated on 14th June 2021 at 2:54 pm

How data in your GP record is used and how you can control the use (opt-out) As a practice, we fully respect your right as a patient to control your data. We outline our privacy policy (insert link) in more detail on our website and explain how we share data with other providers, including the […]

Updates 1st June 2021

Updated on 1st June 2021 at 11:12 am

Easing of lockdown restrictions As the country prepares for the easing of lockdown, we too are looking to reopen the waiting room at Humshaugh. We have had to use the waiting room so that our staff can work in there so they can continue to do their jobs and keep the service going for you […]

Easter Bank Holiday

Updated on 26th March 2021 at 9:57 am

The practice will be closed on Friday 2nd and Monday 5th of April for the  Easter break. Please ensure you have sufficient medication to last over the Easter period and order early if necessary. If you need urgent medical care while the Practice is closed please call NHS 111. Your call will be assessed and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NHS Child Health

Updated on 20th December 2017 at 12:28 pm

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips

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

Meningitis vaccine ACWY

Updated on 6th July 2017 at 5:16 pm

Meningitis ACWY 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 not yet been immunised with Men ACWY vaccine are also eligible for the vaccine up to their […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Named GP

Updated on 16th July 2015 at 3:47 pm

All our patients are to be allocated a named GP

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 […]

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 […]