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A new JMAPS (joint musculoskeletal and pain clinic) service started across Northumberland on the 1st July.  As part of this, the CCG decided that the physio service in Wooler would be withdrawn but, due to pressure from the practices and patient groups, they have agreed that the service will continue for one day a week from August.

We have been further informed today (9th July) that any patients wishing to be referred to orthopaedic services for treatment have to have contact with the JMAPS service first and we are therefore unable to refer directly to orthopaedics. 

This is something, again, which we were not informed about by the CCG and are awaiting further communication from them.

We will continue to fight to maintain physio services in Wooler as will our patient group.

Wooler Doctor's Fund

The Doctors’ Fund is a charitable organisation run by Trustees.  It was founded in the 1980’s when monetary donations were made to both Glendale Surgery and Burnhouse Surgery(now Cheviot Medical Group) by their patients’ and families. 

All donations are used to buy equipment for the primary health care team as a whole and which is not funded by the NHS.  This can include equipment  for clinical use and  for loan to patients , ie wheelchairs, TENS machines, self help booklets.  It is also occasionally used for specialist clinical training (doctors, nurses and paramedics) which will benefit patient care and, again, is outwith NHS funded training.


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