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Practice Policies: Update on Shared Care Agreements

Practice Policies: Update on Shared Care Agreements From 1st December 2023, will no longer accept new Shared Care agreements. We have made this difficult decision jointly with our neighbouring practices in Newcastle East Primary Care Network. We would like to explain to patients why we have had to make this decision. What are Shared Care … Continued

Missed appointments

In October we had a total of 377 appointments wasted by those who did not attend, this totals to 5,655 minutes of clinical time. If you’re unable to attend your appointment please contact us as soon as possible so we can offer it to someone else.

Bowel Screening

Blood in your poo is one of the signs of bowel cancer but does not always mean cancer. Instead, it could be a sign of piles or polyps (growths in the bowel). Polyps are not cancer but could develop into cancer over time. If you’re sent a bowel screening kit, help yourself by remembering to … Continued

Ovarian Cancer

Almost 7,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year with those aged over 50 at higher risk. All women should be aware of the risk factors and symptoms of the disease, as the earlier it is detected, the easier it is to treat. Find out more at #OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth

Message from Thornfield Medical Group – Medical Records

You are likely aware that NHS England has determined from 1 Nov 2022 all patients will have complete prospective access to their medical records, with surgeries required to enable this en masse. This instruction also includes automatic provisioning prospective access for patients who turn 16 years of age. Whilst we wish to support the principle … Continued

Your Views: What do you think of our website?

Your Views: What do you think of our website? We launched our new website earlier this year after a joint project between GP practices across Newcastle and Gateshead. The project was funded by the NHS Digital First Primary Care programme, which works on improving patients’ access to advice, support and treatment through digital technology. Part … Continued

Pharmacy Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Service

Get advice and treatment for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) at your local Pharmacist. A new service has been launched in the North East and Cumbria to offer patients easy access to advice and treatment for UTIs. The six-month pilot scheme, aimed at women aged 16-64, will enable local pharmacists to treat patients with UTIs without … Continued

Monkeypox: What you need to know

Whilst the chances of contracting it are relatively low, it is worth explaining what it is, how it spreads, the symptoms to look out for, and what to do if you think you have been exposed to monkeypox.