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Middle Chare SurgeryTel: 0191 5947654
Woodlands SurgeryTel: 0191 5947654
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NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in this practice in the last full financial year was £54,966 before Tax and National insurance. This is for 1 full time GP, 2 part time GPs and 5 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.
These are run by the Practice Nurse. Children who are behind with vaccinations should catch up as soon as possible. We feel it is very important to ensure that all children are vaccinated against potentially serious illnesses.
Comprehensive confidential advice is available during normal surgery times. Prescription for oral contraceptives (“the Pill” or “the Morning After Pill”) can be given. Intra-uterine devices and Contraceptive Implants can also be fitted.
These clinics are held with the Midwife, at the following times:
We have facilities for removing small lumps etc which would normally be done at hospital. Operations are performed under a local anaesthetic in an equipped treatment room at Middle Chare Surgery.
Middle Chare & Woodlands patients - As a new service patients can self refer to this service, please ask reception staff for a form.
Both sites - weekly clinic by appointment with a specially trained practice nurse. She offers support and advice to anyone wishing to stop smoking. Free nicotine replacement therapy and/or drug therapy may be available for patients who are eligible.
Both sites - The practice is continually promoting good health. Questionnaires will often be offered to patients. The Practice Nurse will see anyone who wants to attend.
Both sites - These can be carried out by either the qualified Practice Nurse or a Doctor. We follow the local policy of recommending a repeat smear every three - five years depending on age, until the age of 65 years, unless you have had a hysterectomy for a benign condition. You will be offered a smear once you reach the age of 25 years. If the cytologist recommends repeating the smear more often, you will be called at intervals appropriate to you. You can opt out of this service, if you wish to do so, contact the surgery as you will need to sign a number of forms.
Both sites - Weight Control Clinics by appointment with the Health Care Assistant. All aspects of a healthy diet and lifestyle affecting weight problems may be discussed. A 12 week supported course is available.
Routine protection against tetanus is advised for all patients. All travel immunisations, except yellow fever, are available within the practice. Depending what travel immunisation is required you may be charged as not all are free under the NHS.
Influenza and pneumococcal immunisations are available from October until December for those patients aged over 65 years of age and anyone with heart and lung or kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing and residential homes. On occasions the guidance on who may have these immunisation changes, please ask at reception if you are unsure.
Please call after 4:00pm to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.
Medical examinations for special purposes e.g. pre-employment, fitness for certain sports, HGV, taxi medicals etc are done outside consulting hours. These examinations can be arranged through the reception staff and a fee will be charged.
Middle Chare & Woodlands Surgery:
District Nurses - 0191 3332666
Health Visitor - 03000261547
Out of Hours - 111
IMPACT will provide a resource and ease of access to information about social opportunities which can contribute to the improvement of people's mental and physical health and wellbeing. IMPACT is for all health professionals, as well as the public.
Visit Impact at www.impact.cdd.nhs.uk to view the services and activities that potential users can be signposted to
If you are planning a trip abroad, you should see your practice nurse, at least 8 weeks before you go. This will give you adequate time to discuss any vaccinations that you might need.
The vaccinations you need will depend on:
If you are pregnant, you should not be given any unnecessary vaccination. Talk to your nurse who will be able to advise you about the best course of treatment.
As well as having vaccinations for common diseases in the country that you are travellin to, you should make sure that you are up-to-date with your booster jabs, such as tetanus.
We provide some travel vaccinations for free. These are:
You will need to pay for most other vaccinations. We will charge you for the vaccine and an administration fee or if you prefer you can obtain them at a special travel clinic. They include:
Some of the vaccinations need to be given in more than one dose, which may mean you will have to return to the surgery, or travel clinic, more than once. Contact the surgery for an up-to-date price list.
Choose and Book is a service that allows you to choose your hospital or clinic and book an appointment with a specialist.
When you and your GP agree that you need to see a specialist, you will be able to choose your first hospital or clinic appointment. Any follow up appointments, are arranged by the hospital themselves.
The benefits of Choose and Book:
For more information see the Choose & Book NHS Website
Bridge End offers the full range of screening services available to the NHS and below is a list with links to NHS websites.
Pregnant women are offered the following types of screening:
Newborn babies are offered:
From the age of 12, all people with diabetes are offered an annual diabetic eye test to check for early signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 to check the health of cells in the cervix. It is offered every 3 years for those aged 26 to 49, and every 5 years from the ages of 50 to 64.
Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 to detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer.
There are 2 types of screening for bowel cancer.
A home testing kit is offered to men and women aged 60 to 74.
Bowel scope screening uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel. It is offered to men and women at the age of 55 in some parts of England.
AAA screening is offered to men in their 65th year to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms (a dangerous swelling in the aorta). Men over 65 can self-refer.
A carer is a person who looks after a relative, friend or neighbour who is finding life difficult to manage without help. This may be because of illness, disability or old age. The time spent caring ranges from a few hours per week to 24-hour attention.What problems does this bring the carer?
Some or all of the following may be useful to contact:
How can a carer help himself or herself? In general, increasing the opportunities for self care. This may take the following forms:
Useful sources of information:
Carers National Association 20/25 Glasshouse Yard LondonEC1A 4JS Carer’s line tel: 0345 573369 (10.00 - 5.00 p.m. weekdays) FAX: 020 7490 8824 Website: www.carersuk.demon.co.uk
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