Baby & Child Health

Health visitors make developmental checks in children from birth to 5 years of age. Appointments are sent out as children reach the appropriate age. We would encourage children to be fully vaccinated against childhood diseases. Practice nurses run childhood immunisation clinics and the doctors perform routine baby checks.

If it is difficult for you to attend at the given time, please telephone the receptionist and an alternative arrangement may be made.

To contact a Health Visitor directly call 01665 626719


Cervical Screening

All women aged 25-64 years are invited for cervical screening in a three or five year screening cycle, depending on age. By having regular smears any changes that may occur in the cervix may be picked up early before they become cancerous. Our practice nurses carry out the smear tests, which are followed up at our Alnwick Surgery.

Patients will be invited by letter when their smear is due.


DMARD monitoring service

If you are being prescribed disease-modifying drugs, usually for arthritis, from your hospital consultant we are able to carry out your regular blood tests and arrange repeat prescriptions here.


Health Promotion

All doctors and practice nurses can advise you on leading a healthier lifestyle and disease prevention. Healthy Living referrals can be made after discussion with a doctor for several medical conditions to allow patients to access local leisure centre activities in order to improve mental and physical wellbeing supported by Active Northumberland. These users will be reviewed by specialist staff and directed to specific health improvement classes with qualified instructors.

Click here to access Active Northumberland (www.activenorthumberland.org.uk)


Influenza Injections

Each Autumn/Winter we run flu clinics. Anyone over 65, or suffering from a chronic disease at any age is at an increased risk from flu and should be vaccinated. Look out for the adverts when flu vaccines arrive. Click here to get further information to see if you qualify.


New patient checks

If you are registering as a new patient you can book an appointment with a Health Care Assistant for a new patient check to check your height, weight and blood pressure, ask about medical conditions and arrange any necessary blood tests. Please bring along a urine sample to your appointment.


NHS Health Checks

If you are between 40-74 years of age with no long-term health conditions such as Diabetes or Heart Disease we would like you to make an appointment to see one of our Healthcare Assistants. We will take some blood tests as well as blood pressure and look discuss your family history and risk factors to see if we can advise you on how to stay healthy. An NHS Health Check is currently offered every 5 years.


Named accountable GP

All patients, including children have been allocated a named, accountable GP within the practice.