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Do not contact the surgery with queries relating to Coronavirus or testing, please call 111.  The telephone lines are required for patients who are unwell.

Thank you.

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A problem with a national NHS supplier Roche who provide pathology analysers means that we have unfortunately had to cancel a limited number of blood tests. We know how frustrating this is but it is out of our control. Roche are working urgently to resolve this.

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FLU CLINICS

We are happy to announce that our annual flu vaccination campaign this year will commence in September. Please contact reception to arrange your appointment or book on-line

CLINICS WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Our next flu clinic will be held on Saturday 14th November for all patients who are eligible for a flu vaccine.  Please contact reception to arrange your appointment (this is not a walk-in session).  Thank you.

We encourage all eligible patients to consider vaccination in these unprecedented times.

Eligible patients are those aged 65 years and over, all pregnant women, carers, health and social care staff, household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List and patients who have a long term conditions e.g. asthma, heart disease, diabetes etc.

If you are unsure if you can have a flu vaccination we will be happy to assist you.

The safety of our patients and staff is our priority and we will endeavour to abide by strict socially distancing guidelines as specified by the Government. Please abide by these rules.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID SYMPTOMS (SEE NHS WEBSITE)

 Please do not attend early for your appointment, this is to enable us to manage the patient flow and ensure social distancing

Please wear a face covering

Please wear loose clothing that can be easily removed. You will be asked to remove your coat when you enter the building so our clinical staff can administer the vaccine

Please do not enter the building without being invited by a member of staff, there will be a one way system in place which will be managed by practice staff

You will be asked to wait outside prior to your appointment so please take this into consideration as the weather may be cold or wet.

50-64 YEAR AGE GROUP

Please note that people in the 50-64 year old age group will NOT be vaccinated until November December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which are eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING

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HEALTH SCREENING

We are continuting to carry out vital health screening particularly cervical smears.  Please book an appointment if you have received a reminder letter.

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October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Please click on the link below, to find useful information regarding breast care/awareness and symptoms.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/symptoms

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Keeping Well at Home

What is Keeping Well at Home?

It is more important than ever before that older people maintain their physical health. Nearly one-third of over 65s do not have access to the Internet, which means they cannot take part in those classes.  Gateshead Older People’s Assembly has teamed up with Tyne & Wear Local TV to offer daily evidence-based exercise classes which will be accessible to everyone with a television. While Keeping Well at Home classes are targeted at over 65s, we’re sure they’ll be beneficial to people of all ages.

http://www.gatesheadopa.org.uk/keeping-well-at-home-tv/

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WELCOME TO THE WHICKHAM PRACTICE

15/05/2019 eConsult
Here is a video about our new eConsult service.

12/03/2019 Recording of Phone Calls

Please be aware that for training and quality purposes all telephone calls both incoming and outgoing from the practice are recorded.

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Mission Statement – The Whickham Practice
We aim to provide high quality health services that balance continuity of care with good access and resources responsive to patient needs in a caring environment.

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We are now on Twitter, please follow us @WhickhamGPs

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PRACTICE TRAINING DATES

The surgery will be closed from 12.30pm on the following dates.  This is to carry out important training for all practice staff and is a District wide initiative which has been arranged by Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group.  In an emergency during these times please telephone 0191 4885555 and listen to the message.

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Wednesday 17th March 2021

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INFORMATION FOR Dr Andrew Porter’s patients

Dr Andrew Porter – Appointments

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Named GP for all Patients

All of our patients are allocated a named, accountable GP when they register with the practice. If you are unsure of your named GP please ask at your next appointment or contact one of our receptionists.

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Would you prefer to read this website in another language? Google Translate offers a free automated translation. Simply go to https://translate.google.com/, type in our web address https://whickhampractice.nhs.uk into the left hand box, choose your language in the right hand box and click translate then it will show our website in the language of your choice.

Please click on link below to see Covid-19 National Guidance in another language.

https://covid19graphics.info/

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