Practice Clinics & Services

We are friendly team of professionals whose aim is it to look after you and the health needs of your family. All our staff are trained to put your needs first, so if you are worried or unsure then do please ask and we will be pleased to help.


Antenatal Clinic

Midwife run clinics are on a  Tuesday (PM only) and all day Thursday by appointment only.

New Pregnancy?

You have to attend an Early Pregnancy session, which is every Monday 9.15am at Ashington Children’s Centre. After you have been to an Early Pregnancy session they will make you a Booking Appointment with a midwife again at Ashington Children’s Centre, every Tuesday & Wednesday.

Ashington Children Centre
Alexandra Road
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9EF
01670 819988

Please also see our Pregnancy Advice page in the Health Guides section.

Asthma

Asthma clinics are held by the Practice Nurses who will go through inhaler techniques, medication changes and lifestyle advice.

Carers

Carers Direct

Carers Direct provide a free, confidential information and advice service for carers.

They can be contacted on 0808 802 0202. Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends.

Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free call back. You can also request a call back in one of over 170 different languages.

Carers Northumberland

Carers Northumberland is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of carers by responding to the needs of carers, informing carers of their rights and entitlements, supporting carers to access help for the person they care for, reducing the social isolation that so many carers feel and empowering carers to have a voice.

Registering with Carers Northumberland is FREE. Call 0844 800 7354 for further information. The information line is open Monday – Friday from 10:00am until 2.00pm although you will usually be able to speak to a member of staff within typical working hourse (9am – 5pm) and also every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.

Cervical Smears

Cervical smears are carried out by our Practice Nurses. All women aged 25-64 are invited for cervical screening, by having regular smears any changes that may occur in the cervix may be picked up early before they become cancerous.

Chaperones

When visiting the Practice for an appointment, it may be necessary that an intimate examination needs to take place. If you would prefer a chaperone to be available in the consulting room for this examination, further information can be found here.

Children Immunisations

Child Immunisations are carried out by our Practice Nurses, this includes vaccinations to help protect your children against diseases. For further information please see our Immunisations page.

Chronic Disease Management

The chronic disease management clinics are held by various clinicians at the practice. It is usually with one of our Health Care Assistants however it may require you to come back for a review with results of tests.

Clinical Pharmacist

We now have 2 Clinical Pharmacists who work full time, they work closely with the Clinical Lead for prescriptions and the Medicines Manager to carry out a range of services including medication reviews.

Community Nursing

The District Nursing Service provides skilled nursing care and advice in a variety of health care settings, GP surgeries, residential homes and patients own homes for those who are housebound.

The District Nurses offer expert and specialist care in the following areas:

  • Nursing care for the acutely ill
  • Palliative care (end of life)
  • Care and advice for chronic diseases for housebound clients
  • Leg ulcer and wound care
  • Advice and support in managing continence issues
  • Advice about health living
  • Assessment and referral for pressure relief equipment and other aids
  • Referral to other services

Diabetic Clinic

The clinic is run by the practice nurse however, patients have an initial check with one of our Health Care Assistants who will then book you in with a Practice Nurse who will go through your results and provide any medication changes and lifestyle advice.

Patients also have an annual eye check from local optometrist and foot checks from a community podiatrist. They may see the dietician for dietary advice.

Dieticians

A Dietician is attached to the PHCT to provide advice and guidance on all aspects of nutrition and healthy eating. Specific advice is available for diabetics. Appointments with the Dietician are available via the GPs.

Ear Care Clinic

Our ear care clinic is held on Wednesday’s afternoon and is run by our District Nursing Team. They can provide advice regarding ear care and if need be can provide ear suction.

Free Chlamydia Test

If you are between the ages of 15- 25 you can have a free Chlamydia test ... This is done on a urine sample. The results are confidential and can be sent to your mobile phone. Ask the doctors, advanced nurse practitioners or nurses for the test. For more information about Chlamydia and the national screening programme visit www.nhs.uk.

Health Visiting Service

Health visitor teams include nursery nurses and staff nurses. Health visitor teams provide a wide-ranging service to children and their families. They can also refer you to other services to support you with more specialist problems.

Health visitors work with parents and carers to ensure that children have the best start in life and are able to achieve their full potential. They work jointly with other groups, including schools, children’s services and children’s charities, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, so they are protected from significant harm.

They can be located at:

Ashington Children's Centre
Alexandra Road
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9EF

Phone number: 01670 841133

Minor Surgery

We provide minor surgery at Lintonville, which includes

  • Certain joint injections
  • Minor skin lesion removal
  • Ear suction

You would need to discuss this with one of our GP's before we can book you into a minor surgery clinic.

Physiotherapy Practitioner Service

We have a part time Physiotherapy Practitioner who can see patients in the surgery for a variety of musculoskeletal problems and some joint injections. These appointments are booked by our GPs after they have assessed suitability.

Podiatry

The Podiatry service provides diagnosis and treatment for patients who are experiencing problems with their legs and feet or are experiencing painful foot conditions. The Podiatry service helps to make sure that patients can still get around and stay independent.

Services range from support in self care through to specialist work in areas such as nail surgery, specialist rheumatology clinics and specialist footwear clinics.

To book an appointment please contact 01670 859 049.

Postnatal Clinic

The postnatal clinic is run by Dr D Wall, who will provide advice on contraceptions, smears (if due) and any problems you may be experiencing following the birth of your child.

Practice Nursing Services

Our Practice Nurse offers the following services:

  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • CHD
  • Diabetes Review
  • First aid advice, Blood and Urine Tests, Dressings, removal of stitches etc
  • Ear syringing
  • Adult and Childhood Immunisations
  • Travel Immunisations
  • Stopping Smoking
  • Cervical Smears / Contraception Services
  • Family Planning
  • Health Promotion
  • New Patient Health Checks
  • Advice on Diet
  • Post Natal Exams
  • Spirometry (lung function tests)

The nurse also runs a variety of clinics.

The times the nurse is available can be found here. An appointment is required to see the nurse.

Private Non-NHS Work

Medical Examinations (Non-NHS)

Certain services provided by the Doctors are not covered by the NHS and fees are payable for such items as:

  • HGV & PSV licences
  • Elderly driver licences       
  • Insurance
  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Private certificates          
  • Holiday vaccinations
  • Insurance claims           
  • Fitness for sports

Please ask the receptionist for such services. Charges are payable at the time of attendance, and the BMA recommended scale of fees is on display at the reception desk. For further information please see our current charges and section Why do GPs charge?

Medical Certificates

Self-certificates are available from your employer for sickness of up to one week. Any certificate required from the Doctor for periods up to the first week can only be provided as a private certificate for which there is a charge.

Private Patients

Patients, who are not NHS registered at this surgery, can be seen privately. Please contact the Practice Manager regarding fees.

Sexual Health (Family Planning)

We have a full time Nurse Practitioner specialising in contraception and sexual health offering all methods of contraception including subdermal implants and intrauterine devices (coils). Please ask at reception or phone 01670 812772 for further details alternatively you can contact Northumberland Sexual Health who provides advice and contraceptives as well as GUM services (Sexual infections services). For general advice or to book an appointment please call 01670 543131.  Sexual Health is provided by the Northumberland Care Trust, they are primarily based at:

Carlton Street Clinic
27-29 Carlton Street
Blyth
Northumberland
NE24 2DT

For more information about making an appointment please read this brochure.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the www.gov.uk website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

If you have self-certified for 7 days and on the 8th day require a 'Fit Note' please contact the surgery and submit your request before 11:00am otherwise your request will not be processed until the next working day.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the www.gov.uk website (where this information was sourced)

Travel Immunisations & Advice

Our Practice Nurse is available for advice and immunisations. An appointment should be made at least 6 weeks prior to travel. Further information including access to our online travel forms can be found here.

Please note the above clinic times may occasionally vary and we therefore advise you to check with Reception.