Practice Blog

Dr Draper currently on maternity leave

Dr Katy Draper has now started her maternity leave and we wish her all the very best, with a safe delivery and enjoyable family time.

We are very grateful to Dr Dan Curwen , who many of you may remember trained with us a couple of years ago, for covering her absence over the next few months.

Message from Ambulance Service about Patient Transport

The ambulance service have asked us to make patients aware of the following: 

To make or amend a booking with the Patient Transport Service (PTS) please call 0191 215 1515.  Bookings can be made Monday to Friday, from 8am-6pm.

If you need to cancel a booking for the next working day call 0300 111 0247.  If the cancellation is for a booking after the next working day, please call the 0191 215 1515 number.

Glenpark Move

The developers have had the sign off required to complete the building. We expect therefore for it to be handed over to us at the end of January.

Assuming everything goes according to plan, this will be the time table for the move.

Monday 4th February

Last day at the old Glenpark. We will be operating as normal on this day, though the focus will be on ensuring that any urgent work is cleared before the move.

Days Off - Regional Reducing Alcohol Campaign

Has doing Dry January made you think about keeping up the good work and trying to drink less throughout 2018? Taking more days off from drinking can help you reduce your weekly alcohol intake, as well as being good for your waistline and bank balance. The free One You Days Off app is a simple and easy way to stick to your goals. For tips to cut down and download the app visit

Pharmacy Opening Hours Christmas 2017

Click on document below for emergency pharmacy opening hours over the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

This video from Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust explains the Abdominal Aoritc Aneurysm screening progamme

Link to video, click here

Be A Flu Fighter - Get Your Jab Now


What if you knew that there was a disease that killed 8000 people in the UK each year and that many of these could be prevented by a simple treatment that takes under 5 minutes to get? Wouldn't you want to protect yourself, your family and your friends? This disease is the flu and the vaccine is safe and simple to give.

Worried about your poorly child - we can help

Same day help for your poorly child If your child has become unwell in the last few days and you would like urgent advice then please contact the surgery and we will arrange for a clinician to speak to you and if necessary to see your child, today - this could save you an unnecessary trip to A+E or a Walk-in Centre.

NHS Child Health App

It’s a real worry when children become ill. Understandably, we don’t want to take any risks.

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help look after their children’s health. ‘Looking after your child’s health.’ is an important NHS guide for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years.

The app gives easy to understand guidance on childhood illnesses, recognising when your child is unwell, and advice on when and where to seek further treatment.

Download the free NHS app today!

Winter 2017 Newsletter

In this newsletter:

  • Sad news of the death of Dr Cross
  • Information about Pharmacy First
  • Information about data sharing and the Great North Care Record
  • Using Our Online Services
  • Staff Changes