You can book appointments and order repeat prescriptions online

Please ask at reception for access details  to use the service.
Once you have the access details click here to register to use the service. Patient access link

In addition to booking appointments with doctors or nurses and ordering repeat prescriptions, you can also see parts of your medical records like immunisation record and allergies. If you think your record is incomplete telephone the surgery to update your records.

Prescription medications and driving

Please note the change in the law. It is illegal to drive if your driving is impaired because of the medications prescribed to you. Police forces are equipped with devices to test on roadside  to detect drugs use. Positive test is, if any illegal drug is detected and at higher level, if prescription drug is detected. Police will do  ‘field impairment test’ to check the effect of drugs on driver. The test need not be positive if illegal drug is detected to penalise.
You should be cautious about driving if medications that you take  warns about drowsiness. You must not drive if you feel drowsy after taking the medications. This includes ‘over the counter’ medications. Combination of medications and alcohol can take you over the limit easily.
The medications tested by police are: clonazepam, diazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, methadone, morphine, oxazepam, temazepam. Please note that codeine, tramadol may test positive as morphine when tested. Some times labels on medications may not have these names. You need to read the labels fully.
Taking  alcohol or illegal drugs in addition to the medications that can cause drowsiness can take you over the limit easily.
For further information click on the links below:
Drugs and Driving. Gov uk
NHSUK: What happens if you take drugs and drive
NHS UK: Field test driving

Flu Vaccination

We are offering flu vaccination to all eligible patients now. If you have not received the invitation for flu injection and if you think you are in the eligible group please telephone surgery to make appointment with the practice nurse.
A more severe strain of flu, H3 variant (H3N2 subtype of influenza A) is circulating now. This causes more severe flu illness and leads to more hospitalisation. Current flu vaccine gives partial protection against the H3 variant strain.

Further information:
Flu Vaccination
Self Management of Flu illness

Care.data: Important Information

It is important you know about care data and act now if you do not want your personal information to be shared.
It will be presumed you agree for the sharing of the data if you do not opt out.
Click on the link below for further information and opt out form.
Care Data: What You Should Know

Care Data programme was set to extract patient records from GP practice from March 2014 and link it with ‘hospital episode statistics’.  Now this has been pushed back by six months because of widespread media coverage and concern from GP bodies.
NHS England sent leaflet to every household informing about care data.
NHS England leaflet

New Services

Changes to Primary Care Centres (Urgent Care Centres)

From 1 September 2014 Walk in Clinic at Grindon Lane will be Closed. The remaining services in Grindon Lane Centre will run as normal.
For recent changes see Walk in Centres.

Saturday openings

We will be open one Saturday a month from 8.30 am to 12 noon.  You can book appointments by telephoning or calling at reception. If you have access to online services, you can book appointments online also.  If you do not have online access, please ask at the reception for registration form to use the service.
Please note we do not have full service on Saturdays.  We won’t be able to do blood tests.  Treatment room and Pharmacy downstairs is closed on Saturdays.

Prevention of  unnecessary admissions to hospital

This is to improve care for vulnerable patients who are at high risk of multiple admissions to hospital.
We will identify  patients who may benefit from this service. Such patients will have a package of care with their full involvement.
Details of  the enhanced service

Named GP for every patient aged 75 or over

We will be informing everyone who is aged 75 or above that you will have a named GP as the GP in overall responsibility of your care. This will be the usual GP you see. You will still be able to see other doctors in the practice such as in emergencies or for any other reasons.

Patient Participation Group

We have an active Patient Participation Group (PPG). We need more volunteers to join the group to get wide representation of views of all the patients in the practice. Please ask at reception to join the group.
Next PPG meeting is on Thursday 22 January 2015 from 12 to 1 pm at the surgery in Pallion Health Centre.

Patient Participation Group
Results of Patient Survey Questionnaire
Minutes of Meeting November 2014

Pre-register if you live in the area and want to join our practice as a new patient

If you live in the area and want to join our practice as a new patient you can save time by  pre-registering online by clicking on the link below.
You may still need to visit the practice to confirm your registration.
Pre-Register online

Surgery closure on certain Wednesday afternoons

The Practice is required to provide training for all staff on a regular basis.
The Surgery will be closed on the following Wednesday afternoons for the training.

  • 18 March 2015 from 12 noon to 2 pm
  • 15 April 2015 from 12 noon to 6 pm
  • 17 June 2015 from 12 noon to 6 pm
  • 15 July 2015 from 12 noon to 6 pm
  • 16th September 2015 from 12 noon to 6 pm
  • 21 October 2015 from 12 to 6 pm
  • 18 November 2015 from 12 noon to 6 pm
  • 16 December 2015 from 12 noon to 6 pm
  • 17 February 2016 from 12 noon to 6 pm

Easy links to information on our website
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Appointments & Repeat Prescriptions

How to make appointments
Make the most of your appointments
How to obtain regular prescriptions
Cheaper way to pay prescription charges

Out of Hours & Emergencies

Emergencies: What to do
Walk-in Centres

Recognise stroke: Think FAST
Recognise heart attack

Long Term Conditions & Regular Checks offered by NHS

High Blood Pressure
Looking after yourself
Adult and Childhood Immunisations
Regular checks offered by NHS
Symptoms Suggestive of Cancer

Other Information

Patient Participation Group
Practice News
Suggested websites for medical information
NHS Constitution
Information Technology Policies 



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