Welcome to our Noticeboard. This page will be updated regularly and will contain all the latest news, changes and events within our practice. We will also feature some of your comments and suggestions, so please do not be shy, tell us what you really think of us.
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- Patient Participation Group - would you like to become a member of this group which meets quarterly to discuss practice matters, plans, NHS developments etc.? If so, please contact the Practice Manager, Lynn Fleming for more information. Alternatively, you can become a member of our Virtual Patient Group where you can receive information and be asked to take part in surveys. Just email us with your contact details.
- Urgent Care Centre - Dial 111. Please see Newsletter Page for details
- Help with Prescribing Costs - For full details, please see the newsletter.
- Free NHS Health Checks - Station View Medical Centre is beginning a programme of mail-outs inviting patients who may be at risk of developing cardiovascular disease to come in for a range of checks. Should you receive a letter it is very much hoped that you will book an appointment with us.
- Dementia - Do you have concerns that you, or someone you know, may be developing a problem with memory? The Durham Dales Cluster of GPs is currently promoting a simple memory test, as early diagnosis of dementia may now be amenable to drug treatment to slow its progression.
Please contact Reception if you would like to arrange a test.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme - Please see newsletter for details.
NHS GP Patient Survey 2009/10 - Results are now available on our Newsletter page.
- Lunchtime opening - We are currently open on a lunchtime for all patients wishing to collect, submit prescriptions and to make appointments, if this proves to be successful we will make this a more permanent arrangement - please note that there are currently no appointments available with doctors/nurses during this hour.
- DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) - this is a programme for people newly-diagnosed (or within 6 months) with Type 2 Diabetes. Please see newsletter for details.
- Fit Notes replace Sick Notes - please see newsletter for details.
- Dales Hospital Link – picks up from your front door where possible. Links Teesdale and Weardale with Darlington Memorial Hospital and Bishop Auckland Hospital. Weardale service includes Crook, Willington and Bishop Auckland areas. Can be used by anyone. Costs £2.50 per single journey (children under 14 years £1). Concessionary passes are valid for free travel. Pre-booking is essential – ring 0191 383 5383.
- Contact details – please ensure the details we have for you are up to date for your address and telephone numbers – particularly your mobile number. (Please note that if you are expecting a call from us then you will need to remove the block withheld numbers feature from your phone!). If you have an email address, that may also be useful for us to have.
- Protected Learning Time – please note that for training purposes the surgery will close on the afternoons of the Third Wednesday of each month, until further notice. We hope our patients will understand our need to do this and we will strive to keep any inconvenience that may be caused down to a minimum.
Vulnerable Adults Wrap Around Service
In order to support the care delivery on the local and national strategy for frail elderly people, Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned services described as vulnerable adult warp around (VAWAS) services.
The Durham Dales Health Federation (DDHF) employ Advanced Nurse Practitioners to support the named GP's in improving quality care for older people and those with complex needs.
The team aim to offer to visit patients identified at risk of hospital admission to provide a health assessment, medication review and develop a care plan which includes their choice of preferred place of care. This proactive approach is to help patients manage to stay healthy at home and reduce avoidable admissions to hospital and A+E departments. In addition the service aims to support early discharge from hospital and a point of contact should health / care needs change.