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.
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.
Chronic disease clinics
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.
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.
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.
Cryotherapy & Minor surgery
Cryotherapy is a freezing technique using liquid nitrogen for treating various types of skin lesions including warts & verrucae that have not responded to topical treatments. Please contact a receptionist to organise a telephone appointment to discuss this. Treatments are provided by two of our practice nurses as well as Dr J Barker and Dr A Henry.
We can remove small lumps and bumps that would not respond or are considered too big to treat with cryotherapy. Make an appointment to speak to a doctor to discuss this. Dr A Henry provides our minor surgery service.
Dermoscopy uses an instrument to assess skin lesions that could possibly be suspicious in more detail using high magnification. It helps us direct patient care to hospital dermatology consultants who are better equipped to treat potential skin cancers that should not be treated in general practice. Dr Henry and Dr Barker provide this service.
If you have a suspicious mole or skin lesion that has changed colour, size or shape, bled or started to weep or itch – Call and speak to a doctor!
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.
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)
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)
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.
Private medical examinations
Please inform the receptionist if you require an appointment for a private medical examination. 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. A schedule of fees is available here or from reception. Examination fees must be paid in advance of an appointment.
Private medical forms
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 contact the surgery and ask to speak to one of our receptionists or practice secretaries, who will be pleased to help.
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.
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.
Patients must be registered with the surgery, and can download a Foreign Travel Questionnaire form, or collect one from reception, which must be completed and handed back in 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 please ring the travel clinic in Newcastle on Claremont Road for an appointment on 03301 004272