WOOLER PHYSIO, PODIATRY (CHIROPODY), EXERCISE CLASSES AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The lift is out of action and needs extensive repairs or replacement and our Landlord tells us that this is likely to take 2-3 months to resolve. This will affect all services on the first floor - physiotherapy, podiatry (chiropody), exercise classes and child health clinics and patients will need to use the stairs.
For patients who have mobility problems and are unable to use stairs, we are looking to see what options there may be on the ground floor of the building but, unfortunately, there may be no alternative other than going to a clinic elsewhere, ie Berwick, Alnwick or Rothbury until the lift is fixed.
CHECK YOUR OWN BLOOD PRESSURE, HEIGHT AND WEIGHT
You can now check your own blood pressure and weight yourself in the waiting room and hand the results to the receptionist (we're waiting for the height measure to be fitted). This could save you from having to come in for routine checks and, for those patients whose blood pressure goes up when they see the doctor or nurse, it could help with this 'white-coat hypertension', though the doctors don't wear white coats these days! The BP machine prints out your blood pressure reading to hand in to the receptionist and there are also slips on the table to record your height, weight and other information to keep your records up to date. The equipment has been bought from the Wooler Doctors' Medical Equipment fund for use by us and Cheviot Medical Group so we'd like to thank everyone who makes donations to the fund.
WOOLER CARER GROUP MEETINGS
The group will meet each 3rd Tuesday of the month instead of Wednesday in the meeting room between 10am 0 12 noon. If you care for someone, please come along for coffee and a chat. It's all very informal but you will meet with other carers and there will be speakers invited during the year.
JMAPS (Physio Service)
We're keeping an eye on the new service and its been reported that some people who have asked to be seen in Wooler have been told there's no service in Wooler! I checked today and they have us on their list but listed as Cheviot so no wonder. I've requested that the listing be changed to Wooler but there are no guarantees. The call centre lady I spoke to said the team are all aware Cheviot is in Wooler but that doesn't appear to be the case so please be aware if you ring them for an appointment and keep us informed of any problems so we can feed them back to the CCG. Thanks.
NEW HEALTH TRAINER SERVICE
A health trainer will be working with the practice each Wednesday from the 16th of June offering lifestyle advice including healthy eating, weight management, alcohol awareness, support to access physical activity and smoking cessation. The sessions are open to all patients by referral from the doctor/nurse or you can also self-refer and referral forms are available in reception.
The health trainer can also offer services to patients in group sessions, ie health walks, cook and eat (eating healthily on a budget with fresh ingredients supplied).
They are also looking for volunteer 'Health Champions' to work in the community with the health trainer if anyone is interested. If you are, please leave your name and contact details with reception and we will get the health trainer to contact you.