Entries by Claire Jackson

New location for The Rothbury Practice

Following engagement with patients in December 2015 and January 2016, The Rothbury Practice will be moving to Rothbury Community Hospital on Friday 15 December. Urgent appointments only will be available at Longframlington and Harbottle surgeries on this day. Help is available with transport if required. To arrange an appointment on Friday 15 December only,  please […]

Pharmacy Survey

Northumberland County Council is currently updating its Pharmacy Needs Assessment. This document describes how many pharmacies we have in the county, the hours they are open and the services they provide. It does not provide the public or patient’s perspective about pharmacy services and how they use them. By answering the questions below, this will […]

Great North Care Record – update

We hosted two consultation events in November on behalf of Connected Health Cities (CHC). The purpose of these sessions was to create opportunities for a small pilot group of residents from Northumberland to hear about the Great North Care Record (GNCR) project and to share their views and suggestions with the project team. The GNCR […]

Carewatch Home Care

Northumberland County Council and Carewatch, a contracted provider of home care services, have agreed that the current contract will transfer to Age UK, by the 18th December 2017. Northumberland County Council, Age UK Northumberland and Carewatch are working to make this transfer as smooth as possible for people receiving services. If you experience any problems […]

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

A pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) describes the health needs of the population, current pharmaceutical services provision and any gaps in that provision. It also identifies potential new services to meet health needs and help achieve the objectives of the strategic plan, while taking account of financial constraints. The PNA will be used to: inform commissioning plans about pharmaceutical services […]

Community Matters sessions from Talking Matters

Community Matters sessions are weekly community drop-in sessions from Talking Matters Northumberland. Sessions take place at venues across the county where everyone is welcome to come along and meet new people in a safe space. Activities and free tea and coffee are always on offer.   Community Matters Drop-in Sessions Prudhoe: The Spetchells Centre, Mondays […]

Funding success for Talking Matters

Talking Matters Northumberland and project partner Active Northumberland (with support from Northumberland Sport) has been given £142,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help volunteers make a positive contribution to mental health outcomes in the county, using sport and physical activity. Sport England’s ‘Opportunity Fund’ encourages people to volunteer to help tackle challenges […]

You asked us about Cold Caps

Healthwatch Northumberland was contacted by someone who reported that cold cap hadn’t been available for them during cancer treatment at Hexham General Hospital. The cold cap is a special cap filled with cold gel that can reduce hair loss caused by chemotherapy. It works by reducing the amount of chemotherapy drugs reaching the hair follicles. […]

10 Top Tips for your GP appointment

We know from our conversations with the public that some patients report feeling rushed during appointments and struggle to make themselves heard. As appointment times can be limited, Healthwatch has pulled together some top suggestions that could help you get the most out of visiting your GP.   Is your issue urgent? Do you need […]

White Medical Group: proposal to close Stamfordham Surgery

If you are a patient of White Medical Group in Stamfordham please remember to respond by 14 November 2017 The Partners of White Medical Group are intending to submit a formal application to Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group/NHS England to close the branch surgery in Stamfordham. A letter has been sent to all households in the […]