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The Practice is currently struggling with staff who are either off work after testing positive for COVID or are having to isolate becuase of COVID. Please bear with us during these difficult times. It may take us longer to answer the phones and it may take longer for us to deal with your queries at reception or for you to see one of our clinical team. We are doing our best under very difficult circumstances. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please click on the link below for information regarding the safety of Astra Zenica Vaccination.


Covid-19 Vaccination Passport Status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Please see information below on how to obtain your vaccination status, the practice are unable provide you with this information.

Vaccine Passport Plan v2


Face Masks

When attending the surgery, unless you are exempt 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.

Covid Vaccinations

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,

Thank you.


Covid Vaccination Fraud – Be ALERT to these scams, please open documents below for further information.

Vaccine Fraud Guidance Document

Vaccine Fraud Poster

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.

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.

Staying Steady Information Sheet

Staying Steady Leaflet

Activity Timetable 2021

Gateshead Council are providing activities and suggestions for independent physical activity for the Summer Holidays including relevant walk/cycle activity routes attached.

Derwent Walk Activity

Watergate Park Activity

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.

Plasma donation

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.


Tackling Loneliness



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.


We are now on Twitter, please follow us @WhickhamGPs


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 7th September 2021

Wednesday 13th october 2021

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Thursday 17th March 2022

INFORMATION FOR Dr Andrew Porter’s patients

Dr Andrew Porter – Appointments

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.

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.


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