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WITHDRAWAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES FROM WOOLER

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  As part of this, the CCG decided that the physio service in Wooler would be withdrawn but, due to pressure from the practices and patient groups, they have agreed that the service will continue for one day a week from August.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

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WOOLER CARER GROUP MEETING - CHANGE OF DAY FROM 19th AUGUST

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.

PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE IN WOOLER NOT TO BE AXED.
 
We are delighted to announce that, having reviewed the new JMAPS (Joint musculoskeletal and pain service) the CCG have revoked their decision to close the Wooler physiotherapy department following strong objections from both the Wooler practices and our Patient Groups.  The service will, however, be reduced to one day per week instead of two and we will monitor how that goes. 
We would like to thank everyone who signed the petition to keep the service running but especially to our PPG members who have put in a lot of hard work and effort on our behalf.
Details of the new JMAPS service will be available in the near future as it is due to go live on the 1st July.

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.

 

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