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Please click on the link below for information regarding the safety of Astra Zenica Vaccination.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the practice will be contacting those patients who have an appointment at Blaydon Primary Care Centre for Covid vaccination on Monday 26th April and the morning of Tuesday 27th April. You will be offered an alternative appointment when you are contacted.
Covid Vaccines On-line
The practice is starting to send out text messages inviting patients to book a COVID vaccine online. Strict numbers of invitations are being sent out, depending on how many vaccines we are expecting. We are inviting our patients in priority order, so it is important that you do not share the link to anyone else. People not registered at the practice and not in the current invitation list will have their appointment cancelled, and will not receive a vaccine even if they turn up at Blaydon.
The text will say: Whikcham invites you to book a COVID vaccine at Blaydon by going to [link]. We are prioritising invites, so do not forward this link to anyone else. To verify this message check the practice website. If you have difficulties booking, reply to this message & someone from the practice will call you.
The link is a bit.ly short link to make it easier to type, so will not include the practice name.
The booking site will ask you for your name, date of birth, NHS number (or postcode if you don’t know your NHS number), phone number and email. The NHS will never verify your identity by asking for bank details or ask for payment; this vaccine is free and in the UK can only be given by the NHS.
If you are unable to book via the link, this will mean that the clinics are full. Please be patient and wait for further dates to be added.
When attending the surgery please ensure that you wear a well fitted face mask which covers your mouth and nose. This is for safety reasons and is to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The surgery is currently working with a number of other local Gateshead practices to support the COVID-19 Vaccine Programme.
A single hub site has been nominated by each group of surgeries to deliver a mass vaccination programme within their network area. The details for our nominated site are currently being worked through and as soon as we have further information we will share this with you.
The priority is to vaccinate our patients as safely and as efficiently as possible whilst at the same time keeping GP services operational and safe too. We expect to be asked to give the vaccine at short notice with rules about who can have the injection first. We may need the support of the community to bring patients to the hubs to receive their vaccine.
The practice will do its best for you, but we ask that you please do not call the surgery to book a COVID-19 vaccination yet. We will inform you as soon as we are able to offer your cohort (as decided by NHS England) the vaccine, with details on how to arrange an appointment.
This work may affect our clinical team’s ability to sustain a full level of day to day services and could possibly lead to delays or cancellation of clinics.
Thank you to all our patients for your continued support.
Please do not telephone the surgery with queries about the COVID vaccine. You will be contacted when you are due to receive it.
Any questions regarding allergies will be dealt with by the Health Care Professional at the time of vaccination,
Covid Vaccination Fraud – Be ALERT to these scams, please open documents below for further information.
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.
During the pandemic and for the forseeable future all initial appointments with doctors, nurse practitioner and other health care professionals will be on the telephone. This is to comply with NHS England advice.
Our receptionists will take a few details to arrange your call with the most appropriate person to help you. Due to the extreme demand on our service we will only be able to try to call you once or at the most twice so please keep your phone by you. We will do our best to call within 1 hour of your appointment time. This may be earlier or later depending on availability of staff.
Thank you for your understanding. It is a very difficult time for everyone.
Gateshead Older People’s Assembly
Free Staying Steady Programme – Please click on links below for further information.
Do It For Yourself Campaign
We’re proud to be supporting the Do It For Yourself campaign as part of a collation which aims to raise awareness of the signs of lung cancer and encourage people to contact their GP if they’ve been experiencing a cough or ongoing breathlessness for three weeks or more.
This year, we’ve become a nation of DIYers with more of us taking care of our homes, whether it is a rattling boiler, a leakytap, or a washing machine that has stopped spinning. But when it comes to our health, when we notice something isn’t right, like a cough that’s been going on for a longtime, rather than getting on with things, we can bury our heads in the sand.
So, if you are concerned about a persistent cough or lack of breath don’t delay, contact your GP today. The NHS is open and has introduced a range of measures to see patients safely, such as initial phone consultations and frequent hand sanitising. GPs across the region are ready and waiting to hear from you.
If you have been impacted by lung cancer and want to share your story to help spread the message, then please get in touch. And, if you’re experiencing symptoms, contact your GP and ‘Do it For Yourself.’
We are continuing to carry out vital health screening particularly cervical smears. Please book an appointment if you have received a reminder letter.
NHS Diabetes Advice helpline
A temporary diabetes helpline has been launched in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NHS Diabetes Advice helpline is intended to be available until mid-March 2021 (continued provision after this date will be reviewed based on service pressures and ongoing need for the helpline) and is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require clinical advice.
Patients can access NHS Diabetes Advice helpline on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.
The NHS needs more people who were seriously ill with COVID to donate plasma in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Donation is safe, easy and your body quickly replaces the antibodies. Please click on link below for further information.
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.
WELCOME TO THE WHICKHAM PRACTICE
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.
We are now on Twitter, please follow us @WhickhamGPs
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.
Wednesday 19th May 2021
Thursday 17th June 2021
Thursday 15th July 2021
Tuesday 7th September 2021
Wednesday 13th october 2021
Tuesday 16th November 2021
Thursday 17th March 2022
INFORMATION FOR Dr Andrew Porter’s patients
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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Please click on link below to see Covid-19 National Guidance in another language.