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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.   

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We will be having a Support Planner in the building on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 15th January. The sessions will be drop-in sessions between 1.30pm - 4pm so no appointment needed. These workers can help patients with social care matters, see some of the examples below:

  • Social Isolation – Advice on activities, groups and befriending services in the local community and offer advice on transport solutions to be able to attend.
  • Advice around private services such as gardening, Domestic Help, Ironing, Handy Person.
  • Link client in with specific groups for example MS, Visually Impaired and Alzheimer's.
  • Advice around respite options (care home)
  • Advice and support around rehousing, social housing, sheltered accommodation
  • Support with completion of forms including Attendance Allowance and raise awareness
  • Link clients in to Voluntary Sector – The Alnwick Gardens, Bridge Project support with volunteer opportunities and to support people back in to paid work.
  • Referrals to other Social and Healthcare professionals when required i.e. Physio, OT, Care Manager, Social Worker.
  • Advise about care options available to people
The lift 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.  A temporary repair has been made so that the lift is working but we have been advised that it should be used as little as possible so that it keeps working for longer.  If you can therefore use the stairs, could you please do so until the full repair has been made.  Thank you.  


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.


The group will meet each 3rd Tuesday of the  month in the meeting room between 10am and 12 noon.  If you care for someone, or know someone who is a carer, you are invited to 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 and the opportunity to have days away organised by Carers Northumberland.

JMAPS (Physio Service)

We're keeping an eye on the new service so, if you have any problems, would you please let us know so we can report back to the CCG.


A health trainer works with the practice each Wednesday 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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