Front Doors Reopening – 1 way system in place

From Wednesday 1st July the front doors to the surgery will be reopening.  Please do not attend the surgery to book an appointment.  Appointments should continue to be made over the phone.

We will be implementing a one way system in the practice and directing patients to leave via the rear door.

Please remember if you are attending the surgery for any reason to wear a face covering or mask and keep 2 meters apart.

Face Masks Required

From Monday 15th June any patient booked in for a face to face appointment with a GP or member of our clinical team will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering unless you have a medical reason not to.

For more info on making and wearing a face covering please visit the gov.uk website.

Any questions regarding this policy please contact our reception team.

Latest Coronavirus Update

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Call 111 now if you’ve been:

• To Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)

• To other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)

• To Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)

• In close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on nhs.uk.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands. The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at Further information is available on nhs.uk.

£390 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

Well done to our fantastic reception team who organised a coffee morning on Friday 27th September as part of ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.’  The final figures are in and the team successfully raised £390 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Reception manager’s Ruth and Becky manning the stalls at our Macmillan Coffee Morning.
A small selection of the cakes we had for sale at our Macmillan Coffee Morning

Nurse and Health Care Assistant Appointments Available Online

Patients can now book appointments with our Nurses and Health Care Assistants through our online access. Please see below a list of services that can be booked with these members of the team.

Health Care Assistants

  • Bloods
  • Blood Pressure 
  • Hypertension Review
  • B12 Injections
  • ECGs
  • Flu Vaccines
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine
  • Shingles Vaccines
  • NHS Health Checks (Over 40s Only)
  • New Patient Medicals
  • Spirometry
  • 24 Hour BP Monitoring

Nurses

  • Bloods
  • Blood Pressure
  • Hypertension Review
  • B12 Injections
  • ECGs
  • Flu Vaccines
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine
  • Shingles Vaccines
  • NHS Health Checks (Over 40s Only)
  • New Patient Medical
  • Smears
  • Spirometry
  • Pill Checks
  • Swabs
  • Asthma Checks
  • CHD Reviews
  • COPD Review
  • Stroke Review
  • Child Immunisations

Healthwatch Northumberland Conference October 2019

The Healthwatch Northumberland Conference 2019 is at The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Wednesday 16 October. The Conference will include listening workshops, films and guest speakers. The event is free and there’ll be an ‘information buffet’ providing information on local health and support services, a free raffle, plus lunch and refreshments will be provided. This is a chance for people to share experiences with those that provide them and find out what’s available locally. ‘Come and join in the community conversation about your local health and social care services’.

Register your free place by clicking here

To stay up to date with the latest news about events and meetings please join our online patient forum at www.myppg.co.uk This is an online forum where you can voice any thoughts, suggestions or concerns regarding the practice and have a direct voice with the management team of the practice. The practice will also use this forum to post any news, events and updates which patients can then comment on.

You will need the practice name and postcode (The Village Surgery, NE23 6US) as well as the practice code (A84030) to register.

Join our Online Patient Participation Group and have your say!

In order to have greater interaction with our patients The Village Surgery have created an online Patient Participation Group which can be accessed at www.myppg.co.uk 

This is an online forum where you can voice any thoughts, suggestions or concerns regarding the practice. To sign up please register at www.myppg.co.uk. You will need the practice name and postcode (The Village Surgery, NE23 6US) as well as the practice code (A84030) to register.

Please note the PPG is not part of the complaints procedure therefore we request any complaints are put through the usual practice complaints procedure.