Dr Rhian Williams
We are delighted to be able to welcome Dr Williams to our team. She will be working Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
There is a blanket no smoking policy in the Primary Care Centre and Hospital site. This extends also to e-cigrettes as there is no current evidence as to their efficacy or safety.
HEXHAM HEALTH FAIR
Thank you to all those who participated in and attended the Heath Fair on Saturday. There are some pictures of setting up on the link opposite.
The car park management at the Hospital has changed. We are advising patients and visitors to continue to pay for parking by carefully observing the signage in hospital car parks which will explain how to do this. With immediate effect, people can only pay for parking with cash at the payment machines and can no longer use pay by phone, text, app or website.
Disabled (blue) badge holders will continue to receive free parking however they no longer need to register the vehicle they have travelled in and should instead display their blue badge in their car windscreen.
Online Booking and Medication Requests
We currently have 1336 patients signed up for our online services. Please speak to one of our reception team if you would like to use these facilities too.
The practice plans to start to use this secure system to transfer medical records when registering with us or registering elsewhere from May this year. This forms part of our contractual obligations with the NHS.
PLEASE TAKE CARE WHEN GIVING OUT PERSONAL DETAILS OVER THE PHONE. CHECK THAT YOU ARE GIVING OUT DETAILS ONLY TO THOSE THAT SHOULD HAVE THEM. ANY OF OUR STAFF ARE HAPPY FOR YOU TO CALL US BACK TO VERIFY THEIR IDENTITY.
Waiting Room Blood Pressure Machine
Thanks to the generosity of patient who wishes to remain anonymous, the practice has purchased a BP machine for patients to self check. This is sited in the waiting room. Patients will be encouraged to have their blood pressure measured prior to going into a consultation
We can now offer a no scalpel vasectomy service in conjunction with Newcastle Hospitals. Dr Ben Frankel offers this service on a Friday morning, which requires a referral from your GP. This procedure is available to all Tynedale patients. Further details are available by clicking on the vasectomy tab to the right hand side of this screen.
Please see the 'measles' section in further information opposite.
Please call for advice if you think you may have measles or have been in contact with a confirmed case.
Please do not come to the surgery.
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. We are sure that you will be advised to attend the practice for a six week check with your baby. Before we can do this, you need to register the baby with the practice. You will need to look through the information you are given by the hospital, or community midwife, for the baby's NHS number and complete a registration form.
We are sorry that you are sometimes kept waiting beyond your appointment time. This can happen because patients before you take longer than the 10 minute appointment slot to discuss their problems.
If you have a problem which you think may need longer than 10 minutes, please ask for a double appointment. Similarly, please bring only one problem to a single appointment.
Visitor Tansport for Wansbeck and North Tyneside
If a patient is transferred from Hexham General Hospital to Wansbeck or North Tyneside general hospitals for further treatment, a free daily shuttle car operates from Hexham to enable relatives to visit. To book a place on this service, which leaves Hexham General Hospital at 1pm, contact 0344 811 8111 and ask for extension 5388.
The number to contact urgent care services when the surgery is closed is 111.
Sele Medical Practice is Hexham's only registered Yellow Fever vaccination centre. We can offer yellow fever vaccination at a cost of £50 to anyone, not just our patients.
We offer a full travel service* for all our registered patients. Please complete a travel schedule and then make an appointment to see a practice nurse.
* Subject to vaccine availability. This applies particularly to Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Yellow Fever.
PATIENT EDUCATION SESSIONS
10 September - Cancer Screening – Dr Walker
12 November - Gut problems
SMS Text Reminders and Appointment Confirmations
We are able to send text messages to confirm appointments and to remind patients to attend. If you want to sign up for the service, please complete a registration form.
This service is free for patients and free for us to send the messages to you.
Prospective Medical Students
For reasons of confidentiality, we do not offer work experience or placements to anyone wishing to pursue medicine as a career. We would encourage any of our patients seeking this experience, to join our Patient Participation Group to become more involved and gain an insight into some of the current issues in general practice.
The 683 bus now stops at the main hospital entrance but will also stop, on request, at Hexham Primary Care Centre entrance.
We welcome patients moving into the area. We work in purpose built premises which are fully accessible to everyone. Please ask for an information leaflet and registration form at reception.
Did you know that many people turn up to casualty in Hexham and then simply decide they can't wait any longer? In doing this patients trigger a charge of £59.