Practice Blog

Practices No Longer Booking Ambulances

For many years, patients needing ambulances to attend hospital appointments have phoned the practice to arrange one. The ambulance service have introduced a central booking system. This article explains the changes

Summer Newsletter

Included in this newsletter updates on

  • online access - now you can view parts of your medical record
  • building
  • young carers
  • veterans
  • General Practice under pressure


Winter Newsetter

Our winter newsletter features:

  • introducing Sr Amelia Kerr
  • information on the new building
  • focus on medication

Summer 2013 Newsletter

This newsletter gives information on the autumn flu campaign, staff changes, CQC registration and has a focus on Carers

End of Life Care and the Liverpool Care Pathway

There has been a lot of coverage in the papers recently regarding the Liverpool Care Pathway, and the so-called death registers. Much of this comes from misunderstanding and taking the facts out of context. In this blog, we outline our own practice towards care at the end of life

Autumn Newsletter

In this season's newsletter: Practice updating its software to EMIS Web, how will this affect you? Its flu jab time, an update on the teenage drop-in clinic and a report from the patient participation group. The newsletter is available from reception or for download.

Getting Fit for Summer

2012 is proving to be a great year for sport. Is this just the incentive you need to get fit and in the process reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer?

Dementia Awareness Week

This Dementia Awareness Week (20 - 26 May 2012) Dementia UK is highlighting the importance of supporting family carers of people with dementia who sometimes struggle to cope with the impact of dementia and the effect that it can have on relationships, family finances and the carer's own health.

We have achieved maximum points again

Since 2004, the NHS sets over 100 targets for General Practices to meet. Most of these targets relate to providing good clinical care, for example, the number of patients with heart disease who have a cholesterol level less than 5 or checking patients with inhalers know how to use them properly.

As a practice we have always believed that we provide excellent medical care. Since the targets were introduced we have not been content to simply achieve them, we have aimed to exceed them.

And we are proud to announce that we have met or exceeded all the targets again.

Summary Care Record - What's the Fuss?

Summary Care Records logo

Each person in Gateshead has been sent information about the summary care record, which will be used in emergency care. But what's it all about and what does this mean for our patients? And where can you get more information if you have questions?