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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  As part of this, the CCG decided that the physio service in Wooler would be withdrawn but, due to pressure from the practices and patient groups, they have agreed that the service will continue for one day a week from August.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.

Home Visits

Doctor's bag

Home visits should only be requested for patients who are truly housebound or because they are unable to come to the surgery because of illness or disability and that travel by car to the surgery would cause undue suffering or a deterioration in the patient’s condition.

A doctor’s ability to properly assess and to treat a patient is better done in the surgery and, as technology moves on, sophisticated tests, treatments and equipment are being increasingly used to improve care.  Much of this is not portable and therefore not available on home visits.  Several patients can be also be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit so please try to come to the surgery if you can.

The receptionist will ask for the details of your problem to help her and the doctor decide on the urgency.  The doctor may also phone you back  to get more details.

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