Prolonged use of Prescription Medication
Physiotherapy Self Referral
If you feel that you are suffering from a musculoskeletal complaint that could benefit from Physiotherapy, you are now able to make a direct referral to the County Durham Integrated MSK Service (CD IMS). This offers patients greater choice and faster access to hospital services without the need to visit your GP.
Please click on this link cddft Physio Self Referral
Repeat Prescription Requests
We now only accept repeat prescription requests over the telephone if you are housebound or have exceptional circumstances. We encourage you to register and use the online service or you can drop your prescription off at your local branch or send by post.
When your GP Practice is closed ring 111
Patients urged: ‘Talk Before You Walk’ when your GP practice is closed
Patients across Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield have been reminded to ‘Talk Before You Walk’ when in need of care when their GP practice is closed.
By phoning NHS 111, patients who need to be seen urgently on the same day will be offered an appointment with a healthcare professional either at their own GP surgery or at another surgery nearby called a Primary Care Service or a hub.
Primary Care Services are available across the area.
GDPR Important Information
How we use your medical records
Care Navigation - New ways for your local GP practice to help you get to the right support.
Across County Durham, all GP practices want to make sure their patients are seen quickly by the right healthcare professional. We know that when you are not feeling well you just want to feel better quickly.
Throughout June and July, your GP practice staff are receiving specialist training developed by clinicians, to help them provide you with information about choices you have to see an appropriate person for your healthcare needs. Sometimes a GP isn’t the best person to see. Within your GP practice for example a Practice Nurse (for matters including dressings, immunisations or ear syringes) or a Nurse Practitioner (who can examine, diagnose and prescribe) may be better. You could also be directed to a healthcare professional in the community such as a community pharmacist, optician or sexual health nurse.
So shortly, when you contact your GP practice, receptionists may ask you a few questions to help navigate you to the best person to help you quickly. They won’t try to diagnose your problem, but you may need to tell them a little bit about why you are calling. You don’t’ have to of course, the choice is yours and you can always still request to see your GP, but you may be able to be seen faster by someone who is able to provide the right care for you using ‘Care Navigation’ to help.
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For minor illnesses have you thought about talking to your pharmacist and buying what you need?
Prescribing readily available medication like paracetamol costs the NHS millions every year, adding unnecessary strain to local GPs and the NHS. Processing these prescriptions can cost 20 times the price of buying identical medication at your local pharmacy or supermarket.
Before you call a GP, talk to your pharmacist. You don’t need an appointment and for most minor illnesses it’s faster and easier.
If you take care of the little things, your NHS can keep taking care of you
Aches and Pains Patient Information
How to Make An Appointment Patient Leaflet click here
Get Well Soon without Antibiotics click here to view the leaflet
NHS Child Health App
Medical advice at your fingertips for parents
Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help them look after their childs health. The newly developed parenting app gives easy to understand guidance on common childhood illnesses, recognising when your child is unwell, and advice on when and where to seek further treatment.
The app, which is also available as a booklet, has been created by healthcare professionals across the region as part of the North East Urgent and Emergency Care Network. The booklet and app contains everything from oral health, upset tummies and diarrhoea to advice on bumps and bruises.
Download the app now, available on Google Play and the App Store by searching the NHS Child Health or view the booklet online at http://www.necsu.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NHS-LAYCH-ONLINE.compressed-1.pdf
Register for Patient On Line Access
Patient Online will help you to take greater control of your health and wellbeing by increasing online access to services.
Patient on line access poster.pdf
Patient Information Leaflet - click here Patient On Line Leaflet
Cancer Information and Support Centre
The Cancer Information and Support Centre at Bishop Auckland Hospital provides a free and confidential drop in service for anyone affected by cancer, either as a patient, family member or carer. We offer information on a wide range of cancer related topics, financial and welfare advice, a bra fitting service and advice on headwear for cancer patients.
Our team can help you access counselling services and local support groups.
Most importantly we offer a cup of tea, a friendly face and the opportunity to talk over any problems that you may be having.
Our Centre is in the Outpatients Department at Bishop Auckland Hospital with easy access. Call on 01388 455230