COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION.
OVER 80'S - NHS ENGLAND LETTERS INVITING TO VACCINATION CLINICS AT MASS VACCINATION CENTRES Posted on 12 Jan 2021
If you have had a letter inviting you to book in for your covid vaccination at one of the mass vaccination centres (Centre for Life - Newcastle) you do NOT need to do this as you WILL be receiving a 'phone call from us to make an appointment (providing we have an up to date telephone number on your record).
If you are housebound (i.e. you cannot, under any circumstances, leave your house) then we WILL be in touch to arrange your vaccine. Please do not ring the Practice.
If you are over the age of 80 and English is not your first language you can view some short videos in alternative languages to help you understand more about the coronavirus vaccine and what it means for you. These are recorded by GPs and are based on the patient leaflets produced by Public health England. These videos are available on YouTube.
If you are needing to contact TIMS (Tyneside Integrated Musculoskeletal Services) please visit their website www.tims.nhs.uk. They have self help sections specific to you. If you feel like you need to speak to someone about your problem, their contact number is: 0191 4456319
IF ENGLISH IS NOT YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW TO DOCTORS OF THE WORLD WEBSITE WHERE THE LATEST NHS GUIDANCE HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO 60 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
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At Gosforth Memorial Medical Centre we aim to treat all our patients courteously, fairly and in complete confidence. We endeavour to provide a family based service and have particular interest in antenatal, children’s health, minor surgery, dermatology, family planning, chronic disease management and health promotion.
Our aim is to provide patient services via an easily accessed team approach to an integrated primary health care service delivered by qualified medical professionals and a well-trained support team.
We are a ‘training practice’. This means hospital doctors wanting to enter general practice spend six months or more with us in order to gain the experience they need to become family doctors.
The surgery is easily accessible via the main entrance. Toilet facilities on the ground floor are also suitable for the disabled and we have a specially adapted consulting room – please tell the Receptionist if you need this room. There is a loop system for the hard of hearing.
We also have access to interpreting services. Please inform the reception staff when registering if English is not your first language. Family members cannot be used as your interpreter. When booking an appointment ask reception if they can also book you an interpreter. We would appreciate you reminding us if you cancel your appointment if an intrpreter has been booked to enable us to cancel them as well otherwise the NHS will still be charged.
Same day help for your children aged 15 and under
If your child has become acutely unwell and you would like urgent advice then please contact the surgery and we will arrange for a clinician to speak to you and if necessary to see your child the same day – this could save you an unnecessary trip to A+E or a Walk-in Centre.
Can we also make you aware of the Little Orange Book, which provides expert help for parents and carers on how to manage common problems in babies and small children – ask at the reception desk for a copy, or view it online here
Did Not Attend Appointments
We are trying to reduce the number of appointments that patients fail to attend and would appreciate your assistance in improving the appointment availability and making it easier when booking an appointment. If you are unable to attend, please call us to cancel so the appointment can be used for someone else. If you have access to online services, you can cancel your upcoming appointment online on any day or time - please ask one of the receptionists for more information.
Click on the link https://gosforthmemorial.webgp.com/ and go through the simple on line form to get treatment and advice by the end of the next working day.
PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS SERVICE IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO A GP URGENTLY.
Infection prevention and control annual statement will be published very soon (17.09.20)
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Making an appointment
When you ring for an appointment the receptionist may ask you what the problem is. The receptionist is not trying to be awkward or nosey but merely trying to find out what the most appropriate course of action to take would be to deal with your call most efficiently and effectively for you. On many occasions we find that appointments are booked with a doctor when a telephone consultation may be more suitable or an appointment with the nurse or health care assistant may be more appropriate. Lack of information at the first point of contact means that we can't help patients more efficiently or effectively and we as a practice are trying to avoid any unnecessary use of doctor appointments and minimise inconvenience to you, our patients. We understand that not all patients will feel comfortable disclosing information regarding their problem with the receptionist and if you do not wish to do so, that is fine.
Click below for how to book an extended access appointment THIS IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS.
Extended access appointment booking
Online appointments via buttons below:
When booking online appointments yourself, please note these appointments are GP appointments only. If it is a nurse appointment you need e.g. travel vaccinations, please telephone the surgery.
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