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Most patients have a summary care record which shares important information between healthcare professionals such as medication, allergies and adverse reactions which is extremely useful if you are seen by another doctor other than  your own GP including hospital admissions.   There is now the enriched SCR which also includes important medical history and procedures, immunisations and anticipatory care information such as your wishes for emergency care or end of life plans.   This ESCR will be especially helpful when treating patients with urgent medical needs such as hospitals or by out of hours doctors.  It also saves  you having to try to remember what conditions you have plus any allergies and medications you take, especially important for elderly patients who may not remember as well as they used to.     

If you would like to have an ESCR, please let  us know and we will tick the box in your records. You may also be asked this question by our doctors or reception team in the future.   

Wooler Doctors 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.

Recent equipment purchased includes the weighing scales, height chart and blood pressure machine for the waiting area to enable patients to carry out self-testing and hand the results into reception.   This could save you from having to come in for an appointment and may also save appointments for people who need to be seen. 


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