The paramedics are based in the health centre and are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They work closely with the practice and are an integral part of the primary health care team and help us out when we need them in an emergency.
There is some perception that people can come to the surgery and ask to see the paramedic but this isn’t the case. The only way to get paramedic services is to dial 999 in an emergency. They are only based in the building and do not normally do routine work.
If you have any queries regarding the paramedic service, please contact North East Ambulance Service Headquarters or ask to speak to the paramedic on duty.
The Paramedic Team
Health Visitor – Heather Bruce
Nursery Nurse – Melanie Hodgkinson
The health visiting team look after the health and welfare of children under 5 years old.
Special Podiatrist – Sam Moses
Podiatrist – Lena Gray
Podiatry Assistant – Karen Swinburne
Clinics are run by Sam Mondays and Thursdays and by Lena every second Tuesday. Karen is currently in training. They provide a home visiting service for the housebound.
The podiatry service is primarily concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disease and conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs, including nail surgery, pain relief for those with ‘at risk’ feet, e.g. diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, deformity.
Physiotherapist – Yvonne Shell
Physiotherapists have expertise in sub-specialist areas such as musculo-skeletal disorders (upper limbs, lower limbs, spinal and hands) and orthopaedics.
Physiotherapy is available in the Centre on Monday and Wednesday. Patients can be referred in for treatment via GPs and Hospital Consultants.
As well as normal physiotherapy treatment, options can also include laser therapy (bought by the Wooler Doctors’ Fund), electrotherapy and acupuncture.
Counsellor – Shelagh Brown
Counselling provides a one-to-one service in the practice with Shelagh who is a trained counsellor. Patients can talk about their problems to her in a relaxed and confidential environment.