The way that we handle requests to test urine samples is changing to keep our processes in line with the latest evidence. As a result we now only accept urine specimens at reception which:
Have been requested by one of our GPs or practice nurses
Are accompanied by a completed Urine Sample Form from another hospital or health Care professional
If you think that you are suffering from a Water Infection (UTI) please call the surgery as soon as possible and inform us of your symptoms. The reception team will then offer an appointment with a Practice Nurse or arrange for the Duty GP to call you the same day.
Car Park Changes
Following the recent introduction of the barriers and pay on exit scheme, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust have increased the parking charges at Hexham General Hospital car park as follows:
Up to 40 minutes - Free
40 minutes to 1 hour - £2
1-2 hours - £3
2-3 hours - £4
3-4 hours - £5
24 hours - £6
Blue (disabled) badge holders will continue to receive free parking. Disabled bays are located outside the barrier-controlled car parks and blue badge holders should simply display a valid badge in the windscreen of their vehicle. Blue badge holders can also park in the barrier-controlled car park if they wish but should bring their blue badge to reception to ensure they are able to park for free.
We do appreciate the concerns that our patients have about car parking, and we have expressed our concerns to Northumbria. As a Practice we have no control over the car park or the charges. If you wish to make a comment or complaint about the arrangements then you may do so via the PALS number: 0800 0320202
We participate in a scheme to track the spread of flu, swabbing eligible patients to test for the presence of the flu virus and to determine what strain of flu is circulating. At the moment we are detecting levels of flu infections which are in line with what we would expect at this time of year.
We would like to thank all those patients who agree to be swabbed and everyone who had a flu vaccination from us this season. We vaccinated around 3000 people and our rates of vaccination are the best in the county. If you haven't yet had a flu vaccination we can still vaccinate you for another few weeks.
Our flu vaccination programme will start again in mid-September. Remember, you don't have to wait for us to contact you in the autumn, just call and support your Practice by having your vaccination through us.
Patient Participation Group
Have you considered being part of our patient group?
The group meets every 3 months to discuss our plans, services, newsletters, performance and many other aspects of the practice.
After 14 years working for Northumberland in a commissioning role, latterly as Clinical Director for Primary Care, Dr David Shovlin will be stepping down at the end of March and increasing his clinical time in the Practice.
We are also pleased to announce that Dr Sarah Frew will be joining the Partnership from March. Dr Frew has been a salaried GP with us since 2014.
Two of our GP registrars - Dr Claire Norman and Dr Fletcher Schofield have now moved onto their next placement. Dr Maddie Moat remains with us and we're joined by Dr Sam Ferguson for six months.