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News Last Updated: 12/12/2019

Mental Health at Christmas


Christmas may be something that you look forward to, or it may be a time of year that you find difficult. 

Everyone is different and you and your mental health still matter! 

Mind, the mental health charity for better mental health, have put together a guide for managing your mental health at Christmas:

And remember, you don’t need to suffer in silence, there is support available if you need it:

KOOTH has been launched in County Durham

A new service, KOOTH has been launched in County Durham. KOOTH is an online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11 – 18yrs.

Children and young people can access online counsellors 365 days a year and access self-help materials co-produced by young people.

The service is confidential and anonymous and is fully moderated.

For more information contact Malcolm Connelly, Integration and Participation Worker,  or visit

Screening timeline

Click here to view a visual guide to population screening that you will receive via the NHS. For example Bowel Cancer.

Ordering Repeat Prescriptions by Phone

Please note with immediate effect the repeat medcation phone line opening time has changed.  You may now order repeat medication on 01388-817777 (option 3):

  • between 11:30am and 1pm and
  • between 2pm and 4pm

You may wish to order your repeat medication using the Electronic Prescription Service which means you can order on-line 24/7 on your computer or via the NHS App on your smart phone.

New - Long Term Disease Clinic

Long term disease refers to medical conditions that may have an ongoing impact on your health. In particular we use this term to refer to conditions such as:  atrial fibrillation, diabetes, CKD, COPD, high blood pressure, some mental health conditions, stroke, thyroid disease.

If you have one or more of the conditions, we recommend that you have an annual review. Some of these conditions require monitoring with blood tests or other tests such as breathing assessments or urine tests.  In addition many of these conditions require annual medication reviews.

This year (2020) we will be introducing a new process for co-ordinating these reviews. Your review will take place in the month of your birthday. This will allow us to plan our workload and spread it evenly throughout the year and it should also provide you with an easy to remember date for your review!

Click here for more information.

Health Visitor and Immunisation Clinic - Change of Location

Starting the week commencing 28th of October, the Health Visitor Clinic and the Immunisation Clinic are changing time and location.

There will now be a combined weekly clinic for St Andrews and Oxford Road patients.  The clinics will be held every Friday at the Oxford Road site.

Health Visitors will be available every Friday between 9 am and 10:30 am

The first clinic of this new schedule will be on Friday, 1st November.

Map of both surgeries

Changes to Blood Clinic

Please note that the blood clinic now runs from:

  • 8:40 am to 10:50 am , Monday to Thursday, and
  • 2 pm to 3:30 pm on Friday

There will be no fasting blood tests on Friday.

Waiting Area TV Presentation

The waiting area TV presentation has been updated on 12/12/2019.  You can view a pdf version here.

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