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We offer a wide range of clinics and services for our patients. You can see some of them below:
The district nurses provide a comprehensive home nursing service and will be pleased to advise on a wide variety of problems. They can help patients recently discharged from hospital, patients with disabilities, elderly patients, and more. The district nurses also offer services within our surgeries, if you are physically and safely able to attend.
The health visitors are closely involved in the health care of children under five years old and expectant mothers. Their role is to promote the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of all family members. They have a wide range of skills and expertise and are happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
The midwife, the health visitor, the doctor, and the hospital all contribute to the care of women in pregnancy. When your pregnancy is confirmed you will be given an appointment for the antenatal clinic and your care will be coordinated by the midwife. You can now self-refer to the midwife service by visiting northumbria.nhs.uk, or calling 0191 293 2545.
Our minor operation clinics are for the removal of various skin lumps, cysts, moles and the freezing of warts and verrucae. These are usually carried out in specific clinics at our Lynemouth surgery. If you would like to be considered for minor surgery,
an initial consultation should be made by routine appointment with the GP.
long term conditions
Clinics are held with our nursing team to review and monitor patients with long-term conditions. Attendance at the clinic is by appointment only, you will be contacted to arrange an appointment if you have the following conditions:
Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, COPD, or asthma.
A 3-yearly recall system is in place for patients between the ages of 25 & 49, and a 5-yearly recall for 50- 65-year-olds, with more regular smear appointments if indicated by previous results.
Travel advice and vaccinations
Please make an appointment at least one month before travel. This appointment will be with one of our practice nurses, where your requirements will be discussed. Young children may be asked to see a doctor for their vaccinations. Patients may need to be referred to a private travel clinic in Newcastle.
Appointments are available with our practice nursing team to discuss your contraception options. Please be aware that our practice currently offers the contraceptive pill and Depo injection. Unfortunately, we do not offer appointments if you wish to use the implant or coil as a contraceptive method, and we do not offer emergency contraception. You can self-refer to the Sexual Health and Contraceptive Service in Northumberland by contacting 01670 515151 if you wish to discuss these contraceptive methods further.
Primary Care Mental Health Services
Our mental health practitioners specialise in mental health, and offer assessments, provide advice and support to manage your condition, and support you to access mental health services and community resources. They offer a range of same-day and pre-bookable appointments, and depending on your needs, you may have follow-up appointments organised in your consultation. A clinician may refer you to see the mental health team if you require deeper, specialised care for your mental health. They are also able to complete initial assessments of a wide range of conditions, such as ADHD and ASD, and they can refer you to the relevant authority for diagnosis and ongoing care if required.
Social Prescribing Link Worker
Social prescribing link workers can assist you with social issues. They can help you by supporting you to manage your health and wellbeing, giving you time to focus on what matters to you, and helping you to access support services and community activities. The team can provide focused support to help you with several issues, including managing finances and housing, tackling loneliness and social isolation, employment, getting involved in local community groups, and supporting you in navigating the health and social care system by signposting to a range of appropriate services. You may be referred to the social prescribing team by a member of the practice team if they feel you require help. Appointments can also be made by contacting the practice or visiting your local reception.
Clinical Pharmacists work as part of the General Practice team to improve the value and outcomes of medicines and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medications and better access to health checks. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.
COMMUNITY PHARMACY REFERRAL SCHEME
A digital referral from a General Practice to a Community Pharmacist can be made for a minor illness assessment. This allows for GPs to focus on specialised treatment for complex conditions. All pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals and can assist in the assessment and management of minor illnesses, recognising red flag symptoms, and providing health and well-being advice. They can give treatment advice about a range of common conditions and minor health concerns as well as advise patients how to optimise the medicines they are taking for long term conditions and when to seek medical advice if there are any serious concerns. Escalation processes will be in place for pharmacists to signpost or refer patients to higher acuity services
Macmillan Nurses work with the nursing team to support our palliative and terminally ill patients and their families.
Our team of orthopaedic practitioners regularly offer appointments across our sites, and you can make an appointment with our team by calling the surgery.
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education, and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. You can also self-refer to the JMAPS physiotherapy service by calling 03301 244 652
You can self-refer to the chiropody service. Please visit reception at your local surgery or call the surgery number for more information.
CHILD HEALTH SURVEILLANCE
The practice provides Child Health Surveillance for all children under 5 years of age. This will be carried out by a health visitor in clinic or at a home appointment when your child is 3– 4 months, 12 months, and 15 months. The Doctor will carry out your baby’s 6 – 8 week assessment and you will be given an appointment for this.
If your baby is unwell, please arrange to see the doctor during normal surgery hours.
Immunisation sessions are held regularly, and you will be sent an appointment when immunisations are due. Please contact your health visitor for the recommended schedule of immunisations.
If you would like dietary advice, this can be obtained via a routine consultation with our health and wellbeing coach or by referral from your GP. Further information and patient leaflets about health eating are also available at reception.