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RETIREMENT NEWS

 Dr Nathans last working day at Auckland Medical Group will be September 4th.  He will be a massive miss at the practice but we wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement.

FLU NEWS

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which are eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

CERVICAL SCREENING
Are you 25+ and due/overdue your smear test?
call us to book your appointment today! 
Are you worried about your smear test or have questions about it?
call and speak to a Nurse to talk these through (no obligation to have test done)
#DON'T FEAR THE SMEAR 

 

Citzens Advice
How can they help you?   ...follow the link  ---->  CAB information

Telephone Triage

We now offer telephone triage.  Triage just means deciding what, if any, treatment you need and which clinician you need to be seen by to get this treatment.  Offering telephone triage means that you will be able to speak to a clinician on the same day and either your problem dealt with over the phone, if appropriate, or an appointment offered if the clinician feels you need to be seen.  We hope this will work well and help improve access to appointments. 

Prescriptions
You are only able to order your prescription over the phone between 2pm - 5pm.  You can however order online or by calling into the surgery at any time.  Please allow 2 working days before collection and make allowances for weekends and public holidays.

Coronavirus

The NHS in Durham Dales CCG 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.

From 01/04/2020 ABL Health will be delivering the Stop Smoking Service across County Durham. Our person-centred service focuses on delivering flexible specialist stop smoking support to those who live or work in County Durham.

Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak our Smokefree County Durham service is still open.

Our advisors are here to offer you support with quitting smoking so please contact us on 0800 772 0565 or 0191 369 2016.


Face coverings in your surgery.

https://youtu.be/zpWvCZbhGt4


New School Nurse Drop In


Coronovirus Mindfulness Team

The TEWV Mindfulness Team continue to offer live online taster sessions and courses for service-users with recurrent depression and stressed carers/parents of people with mental ill health.

Courses will begin late September and taster sessions to recruit to these courses will run on the following dates.

Coronavirus Mindfulness Team

Latest News

Are you a Veteran?

https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/local-support/

Find Support for Veterans in Your Local Area

Connect veterans and their families with a range of local support organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector. The services have been grouped into categories such as Education and Training, Employment, Finances etc.

Navigate through the categories to find the support you need, or use the search function by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the map toolbar;

  • On the map home screen, the search function searches all organisations in the directory.
  • When you have a category open, the search function searches all data within that category

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*New* Maternity App

Access to the app is via the web: https://www.pregnancyandbirthchoices.co.uk/, then select to download it to a device.

The app provides key information and advice which will help women to make informed choices about their birth from trusted NHS source, all in one place, and right at their fingertips.

There is a who’s who of healthcare professionals that mums-to-be will come into contact with before, and after their baby has been born, with a brief description of their role.

Mums and their partners will be able to compare facilities at hospitals across the region to find out which would best suit the type of birth they hope for. Whether it’s the closest maternity unit, or one that is more suitable for those who might have extra healthcare needs – the app helps women to plan where, and how they give birth.

The app contains key information for mums-to-be to think about, learn, and document using the notes section, as well as diary appointments.

Mums-to-be can access a visual and interactive guide on what to expect at certain stages through pregnancy. This guide also gives advice, for example what will happen during an ultrasound scan, to what foods you should avoid when pregnant, to what classes are available to help prepare for birth.

It informs women about what will happen after their baby is born, and tips how to look after them, from helping to develop a close bond, to feeding support, to what examinations will be carried out.

Help and advice for women who may feel a bit down, tearful or anxious after giving birth is also included in the postnatal visual pathway. About one in five women will experience some form of mental health problem, the app offers a wide range of support options available.

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Citizens Advice, how can they help you?

Follow the link to see how they might be able to help you.... CAB Information

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How do we use your information? 

GDPR - Privacy Statement

Our GP practice holds information about you and this document outlines how that information is used, with whom we may share that information, how we keep it secure (confidential) and what your rights are in relation to this.

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What to do if you are unwell

Click here for more information..  on local health services in the area and when you should access them.

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Does somebody you know have special education needs or a disability?

County Durham Local Offer

The “Local Offer” provides a wide range of information for families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) 0-25 years old.  
Follow the link for more info -  http://www.countydurhamfamilies.info 

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What information is included in the Local Offer? 

It includes:

  • sources of support, advice and information
  • education, health and care provision
  • arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with SEN
  • how services can be accessed (including eligibility criteria) and how decisions are made
  • arrangements for supporting children and young people move between school phases
  • services to support young people in preparing for adulthood and independence
  • leisure activities
  • arrangements for disagreement resolution, complaints, mediation and appealing to the SEN Tribunal
  • information on the review and development of the Local Offer itself.

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Dementia Friendly and a Safe Place

The practice has recently become Dementia Friendly and a Safe Place for vulnerable people.Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends

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Do you have any communication problems? ..let us know how we can help. 

We would like to get better at communicating with our patients.  We want to make sure you can read and understand the information we send you.  If you find it hard to read our letters or if you need someone to support you at appointments, please let us know.  

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