Services and Online access

Online services

Online access makes your ability to use our NHS services much easier as you can use them at a time convenient to you.

You can:

    • Order repeat medication.
    • Submit an eConsult request for an appointment providing useful triage information to help the clinician be ready for your consultation.
    • Book a routine/invited appointment e.g. Reviews/Test.
    • View a summary of your medical record.

The easiest way to have all of this access in one place on your smartphone/tablet is via the NHS App – please visit the NHS website about the App HERE.
(registration is self-service using a Passport or photo driving licence)

You can also use the SystmOnline website to order repeat medication, book a routine/invited appointment or view your summary medical record by clicking HERE

 


Fit Notes [previously called sick-notes]

For COVID-19:

For all other illnesses:

  • During the first 7 calendar days of your illness you must inform your employer using the Self Certification Form please visit the Gov.uk website and download the Employee Self Certification Form HERE.
  • If you have already self certificated for 7 calendar days and now need to request a Fit (sick) Note then please use our online eConsult process to do so by clicking HERE

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 nurse secretary team on 01665 606864 between 08:00 and 14:00 Monday to Friday and an alternative arrangement may be made.


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. You will be sent an invitation letter when you are due to book an appointment and will then be able to do so via the NHS App or SystmOnline


Chronic disease clinics

For all of our Chronic disease clinics you will be sent an invitation letter when you are due to book an appointment and will then be able to do so via the NHS App or SystmOnline

Asthma

The practice nurse can see you regularly to advise on inhaler technique, self-monitoring of asthma, medication changes when necessary and general lifestyle improvements.

Cardiovascular & Stroke

We have clinics for people who have experienced heart disease or stroke where you will regularly have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, your medication reviewed and will be advised on lifestyle changes to help you try to prevent further illness.


Diabetes

This clinic aims to prevent complications of diabetes by regular monitoring of diabetic control, together with lifestyle advice. A practice nurse runs the clinic. Annual eye and foot checks are provided and patients may see the dietician for dietary advice where necessary.

Hypertension

Untreated high blood pressure can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Any doctor or nurse can check your blood pressure and if high arrange blood and urine tests and an ECG. Practice pharmacists also run clinics aimed at drug optimization and good BP control.


Condoms

We can now issue FREE condoms if under 25’s already have a C-card. For further information please follow this link https://app-movement.com/g7k9yv


Minor surgery

Minor surgery

We can remove small lumps and bumps without the need to refer you to a hospital . Please submit an eConsult and send a photo where appropriate using the link HERE


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.


Family Planning

All doctors are able to provide general contraception advice, provide monitoring, repeat prescriptions of pills and give depot injections. Dr Helen Moor can also fit coils and implants as well as remove these.

Click here to access Alnwick Sexual Health. The site covers information on different contraceptives, C-card, STIs and where to get tested, emergency contraception and assists users in accessing contraceptive services locally. (www.alnwicksh.co.uk)


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.

To book a new patient check please contact the nurse secretary team on 01665 606864 between 08:00 and 14:00 Monday to Friday


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.

To book an NHS Health Check please contact the nurse secretary team on 01665 606864 between 08:00 and 14:00 Monday to Friday


Non-NHS services

Private medical examinations

To request an appointment for a private medical examination please submit an eConsult Request Form Online by Clicking HERE and then selecting ‘Medical Examination’ on the relevant page in the form Non-NHS medical examinations, for example HGV, taxi, pre-employment and insurance medicals require more time than an ordinary consultation.

A fee will be charged as these do not come under NHS terms of service. You will be informed of the fee before confirming your appointment. Examination fees must be paid in advance of an appointment.

Private medical forms

To request a GP to complete private forms or paperwork please submit an eConsult Request Form Online by Clicking HERE and then selecting ‘GP Letter, Medical Report or Other Documentation or paperwork’ as appropriate on the relevant page in the form Private forms & reports, for example a passport application, needing a doctor to complete and sign them, will also attract a private fee.

If you wish to clarify the costs charged for private forms and medicals,please advise on your query and we will quote before proceeding

 


Smoking Cessation Service

Our doctors and practice nurses are able to advise you on how to give up smoking and discuss medical treatments to help quit.

Evidence has shown that quitting smoking is best achieved when working in conjunction with a dedicated smoking cessation advisor who will be able to ensure you follow the right approach and treatment for you and provide support and monitoring throughout your treatment plan.

Ask at reception for an appointment or you can ring Northumberland Stop Smoking Services on 01670 813135.

 


Travel vaccinations

We offer limited appointments for Travel Vaccinations. This is not a service funded by the NHS and as such our patients with requirements for long-term conditions will receive priority for any routine appointments for management of their health.

To book a Travel Vaccination Appointment please contact the nurse secretary team on 01665 606864 between 08:00 and 14:00 Monday to Friday.

Patients will be sent a link to download a Foreign Travel Questionnaire when they book an appointment which must be completed and returned to the practice at least six weeks before departure. This gives our nurses time to assess and provide advice for your destination and also enables time for the order and delivery of any vaccines. The practice nurses offer a comprehensive travel health service, including advice, antimalarial prescriptions and immunizations. Alnwick Medical Group is a licensed yellow fever vaccination centre.

If you are travelling in less than six weeks time, we may not be able to assist you, and you shouldring the travel clinic in Newcastle on Claremont Road for an appointment on 03301 004272

 


Vaccine Knowledge Project

What is the Vaccine Knowledge Project?
The Vaccine Knowledge Project aims to be a source of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases. We provide clear information on complex topics and back it up with references to high-quality, reliable research. All our content is aimed at the general public and designed to help people make informed decisions about vaccine issues. The content is also suitable for healthcare professionals such as health visitors, school nurses, GPs and paediatricians.

The Vaccine Knowledge Project is managed by Oxford Vaccine Group, an academic research group in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford. The site is updated regularly to make sure it is as accurate as possible, and overseen by academic staff at the cutting edge of vaccine research. All medical content is reviewed by Professor Andrew Pollard , Director of Oxford Vaccine Group.

The project is run independently by academic staff at the University of Oxford and does not receive any funding from pharmaceutical companies. The project receives funding from the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR is funded by the Department of Health) and from the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. However, the funders have no strategic or editorial role in the development of the website or its content. Professor Pollard is currently chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent statutory body that advises the UK Department of Health on vaccination issues.

Since July 2016 the Vaccine Knowledge Project has been a member of the World Health Organization’s Vaccine Safety Net. This means that this website has been judged to meet the World Health Organization’s criteria for providing good quality information about vaccine safety issues.

To access the site copy and paste this link to the website in to your browser http://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/