Covid vaccinations for 12-15's
Appointments are available to book via the National Booking system by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/. 1st, 2nd and booster (where applicable) doses are available. Children must attend with a parent, and be 12 weeks post any covid infection.
Covid vaccine sessions at Hexham Mart
Thursday 20th - walk ins available between 2pm and 4pm for 4th doses (91 days post 3rd dose) with evidence (letter or text)
Saturday 22nd January AM only - walk ins available (as above) 9.30am - 10.30 am, criteria as above
If you are eligible for your booster please book an appointment by calling 119 or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/. Please remember your booster must be at least 3 months after your second vaccine.
Patients eligible for a fourth dose of covid vaccine
If your medical records indicate that you are eligible for a fourth dose of vaccine you will have received a letter or text from us. You can just walk into any of the sessions at the Mart at the posted times. You do not need to book an appointment but please remember you must take proof of eligibility, the letter or text from us will do and it must be at least 91 days since your third dose of vaccine.
Positive PCR tests
If you are 50 or over, or have underlying health conditions, and have had a positive PCR result (not lateral flow) in the last 7 days, you may be eligible to take part in a national study looking at the effectiveness of antiviral treatments for covid-19. For more details please go to www.panoramictrial.org or contact freephone 0808 156 0017.
We wish to announce that Dr Walker will be retiring at the end of March. We thank him enormously for his years of support and dedication to the practice and his patients.
We hope to be able to let you know about his successor very soon.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us and all patients and visitors to our surgery are required to continue to wash their hands, wear face coverings at all times and respectfully retain social distancing measures. Reminder signs will remain in place. This is to ensure we can keep everyone as safe as possible. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please let us know before your visit so we can make alternative arrangements, for example we can provide a face shield.
We remain open and staff are here to see you safely. Please get in touch if you need advice or treatment. You may see a different professional when you have your appointment – whether via telephone, video or face-to-face – and this is to ensure that if we are dealing with any staffing shortages, we can still give you the right care, in the right place at the right time.
Please remember that you can also contact NHS 111 online or by phone, your pharmacy. But if you have a life-threatening emergency call 999 or go straight to A&E. To find your nearest pharmacy go to https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy/.
We ask you all to please be patient when you contact us. Staff are being affected by self- isolation (as well as the general public) and this can affect the numbers of staff available. This can put extra pressure on your local NHS services. We understand this can be frustrating, but it is vital to help minimise the spread of the virus. Please be kind.
We will endeavour to communicate with you as soon as possible should any circumstances change within the practice. Please continue to check your practice website, text messages sent to you or notices in your practice buildings.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and patients continues to be our top priority. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
If you need to self isolate at home, the following information may be useful:
We are unable to provide letters for travel, exempting patients from the wearing of face coverings etc. Please liaise with your travel operator if you have specific needs.
NHS Covid Pass
From 17 May 2021, people who have been fully vaccinated, in England, against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine in England, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel, particuarly if you have received these overseas or in any other part of the UK than England.
If you have been vaccinated anywhere other than in England, you will need to contact the service where your vaccination was administered. Whilst we can add details to your medical record, these will not populate any vaccine 'passport'.
National Data Opt Out Information - extended deadline 1st September 2021
You have the right to opt-out at any time from data being shared.
Your data is used in broadly two different ways:
- provide you with care. This is called “Primary Use“
- allow for planning and research to be done. This is called “Secondary Use“
Both uses will only be made where it is considered secure and appropriate to use patient data.
Opting-out of data sharing is an option for all patients, however it is not without potential downsides. For Primary Use data, if you opt-out and need care in a local hospital, for example, it may be much harder for the staff to access important medical information about you needed to provide safe and effective care. For Secondary Use, the downsides are more indirect. If everyone in the country were to opt-out, it would make it much harder to ensure funding is used in the NHS to develop services where they are needed. It would also be harder to develop new treatments.
It is possible to opt-out of specific parts of data sharing, while keeping some elements of data sharing in place. It is very common, for example, for people who have privacy concerns about Secondary Use, to be happy to continue sharing data for Primary Use/Direct Care.
The below table summarises what opt-outs are possible, and how to request them:
How data in your GP record is used, and how you can control the use
Primary Use - sharing your data for your direct care
Who it is shared with
How it is used
How to opt out
Summary Care Record
These are used by NHS hospitals and other providers (e.g. midwives) to ensure they have the data needed to provide you with the right care.
Opt out through your GP practice - contact the surgery reception to speak to the practice manager/deputy practice manager to discuss this and we will be able to apply the opt-out
Great North Care Record
Secondary Use - Using your data to design health services and do health research
Who it is shared with
How it is used
How to opt out
Local NHS Organisations (such as Clinical Commissioning Groups)
Using data to plan how to design local services around the needs of the population
Use a 'type-1 opt out' - Please send this form to the practice by emailing to NORCCG.email@example.com
Using data to plan and design national services around the needs of the population
External research organisations
Using data for various research purposes
Use the National Data Opt-out – Visit the NHS website, use the NHS App or call 0300 3035678
How to manage your sharing preferences using the NHS App
You can view or change your current preference at any time.
To view and change your preference in the NHS App:
- Go to Your health
- Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
- Select Make your choice.
- Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
- View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
- Update your choice, then select Submit.
Mobile telephone numbers
Please make sure we have your up to date contact details. We use mobile phone numbers to send appointment reminders and other appropriate messages. If you provide us with a mobile telephone number we will assume you are happy to use this to contact you unless you tell us otherwise.
Online Booking and Medication Requests
To book appointments and order repeat medication 24 hours a day 7 days a week download an application form or please speak to one of our reception team. for full details regarding security and consent please select item 4 in further information on the right of our home page
Application form for online access