As you will be aware, the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has started. Patients will be invited to have the Covid-19 vaccination. You may be asked to go to a different surgery to the one you usually attend to get your vaccine. We are working with the other practices in our area to deliver vaccines at THE VILLAGE SURGERY, CRAMLINGTON. Your appointment will only take around five minutes but you MAY need to stay at the surgery for 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination, for your wellbeing.
Please do not contact the practice or any other part of the NHS to get an appointment until you receive your vaccination invitation. Your support is appreciated. We are currently offering appointments to the patients aged 20-64 who have health conditions which make them more vulnerable - and to unpaid carers. This is Cohort 6 in the JCVI category list. The central vaccination units such as Centre for Life are offering vaccines to Cohort 5 (those aged 65-69). You may have received an invitation letter from NHS England if you are in Cohort 7 - but we do need to finish Cohort 6 first.
Find out more about the roll out at nhs.uk/covidvaccine
Those with long term conditions such as asthma or diabetes may not have been invited for their usual annual review. This is because we have been encouraged ONLY to invite those who most need to come. Those whose long term condition has been quite stable will not be invited - that is because the risks of coming for a face to face review MAY outweigh the benefits. In this case, your medication will be reviewed by a pharmacist on the basis of the last results available. This process is under regular review.
Do it Online!
We are encouraging as many of our patients as possible to register for online services. We have handy youtube guides to the process here - have a look...
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During the Coronavirus outbreak, from April 2020 we moved to booking our GP appointments on the day, to enable us to manage sudden staffing changes. All online bookings will be changed to telephone appointments ONLY on the advice of the clinical commissioning group. Unfortunately you may experience some disruption to normal services at this time but your support and co-operation is appreciated.
Elsdon Avenue Surgery are supporting the GP Extended Access HUB at Cramlington Village Surgery. Call us to find out more, or to book an appointment
Your medical records
SystmOne is the system of choice for all Northumberland GP practices. It is used in some hospital departments (such as the diabetes centre) walk-in centres, hospices and by the District Nursing and Health Visiting services. The aim is to have a more joined-up medical records. It will be easier to share urgent medical information electronically - please let us know if you object to this and we will mark your records accordingly. Be aware though, that we will always share whatever information is needed to keep you safe - if we can't share it electronically it will go by phone, fax or letter. We only ever share what we believe to be the safe and correct amount of information, and with the right people. Patient data is never treated casually. Patients will possibly be aware that GDPR came into force in May 2018 - you can read our policy statement by clicking on the tab to the right "access to health records".
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
For help and advice in relation to supporting yourself during the COVID 19 pandemic please look at this useful booklet COVID 19 support. NHS Choices and Patient Info each have information about a wide range of medical problems and symptom checkers. If you want some guidance about symptoms you may be having you can look there first and learn about how to look after yourself in the first instance. There is also a link to the right hand side of this page called "Be Self Care Aware" and another on "Finding Further Help" which will direct you to other organisations who offer specialist support for problems such as mental health.
We are training members of our staff to be Care Navigators. This is an NHS programme designed to direct patients, with the doctors' support, straight to the best source of help. Often a GP is not the right person to help with a range of problems! The Care Navigators will therefore be asking more of our patients why they are coming to see the doctor. As we develop the scheme, we will post more information about it on this website.
Our Patient Participation Group is open to new members. Do contact our practice manager if you would like to know more about it before committing yourself! Our staff can also tell you more about it. We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you. Please use the Friends & Family Test link on the right hand side to tell us what you think of our care. If you prefer, there are paper copies of a more detailed Friends & Family Test in the surgery or you can download a copy here and bring it to the practice next time you come - Friends & Family Test
We have been producing a regular practice newsletter since November 2015. You can sign up to receive an email copy or pick up a paper version from the waiting room. We hope to produce an issue every 2 or 3 months.
The surgery is accessible to patients using a wheelchair. Disabled toilet facilities along with a baby changing area are also available. If you require any assistance the reception team will be more than happy to help. If you have a special need, please let us know when booking your appointment.
(Site updated 27/02/2021)