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Easter Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening

Some pharmacies across Northumberland and North Tyneside will be open over the Easter Holidays. You can see which pharmacies are open and when, by clicking on the link below.

Northumberland Pharmacies – Easter Opening Hours


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Hear to Help Project to Close

The Hear to Help Project from Action on Hearing Loss will close at the end of April 2019. After this time, hearing aid support will be available directly from NHS audiology services. Please see details below.


Hearing Aid Support from NHS Audiology


Email: tnu-tr.audiology@nhs.net

Phone for appointments at:

Alnwick Infirmary 01665 626 745
Berwick, Union Brae Surgery 01289 330 333
Corbridge Health Centre 01434 632 011
Cramlington Health Centre  (Manor Walks) 01670 335 311
Hexham General Hospital 0191 223 1043
Morpeth NHS Centre 01670 500 920
North Tyneside Hospital 0191 223 1043

 Weekday walk-in clinic for repairs at The Freeman Hospital, 9.00am to 4.00pm.  For appointments call: 0191 223 1043.

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Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic NHS Recruitment Event

If you’d like to find out more about working in the NHS, head to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for this recruitment event. The NHS is committed to making workplaces inclusive and is taking positive action to increase Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation in the workforce.

Whether you come along for a few minutes or longer you will have the opportunity to speak to staff, view current vacancies, learn how to set up for job alerts, learn how to complete a good application form and find out about volunteering opportunties. Staff representatives from all local NHS Trusts will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

Workshops will be available throughout the day:

  • Introduction to roles in the NHS and the recruitment process
  • Introduction to NHS jobs
  • Completing an NHS Jobs Application Form
  • Interview Skills Preparation.

The event takes place at The Royal Victoria Infirmary (New Education Centre), Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP on Saturday 27 April, from 10.00am until 3.00pm.

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A Place at the Table – Dementia Film

Peter Woods of HexhamTV has made a film with a group of carers from Amble who are looking after their partners with dementia.

The film  is called ‘A Space at the Table’ because the space at the table that the person living with dementia would normally fill is gradually fading away with far reaching implications for each person living with dementia and also for their partners.

The film which lasts for an hour and 16 minutes is very personal and powerful and comes with a warning that it is not suitable to be shown to those living with dementia, those under 16 or to people who may be adversely affected by seeing its contents

With the kind support of Tynedale Dementia Action Group and The Forum Cinema, Hexham, Peter’s film is now being shown during Dementia Action Week 2019, on Wednesday 22 May, to highlight the honest and truthful experience of carers of partners living with dementia in Northumberland..

In the future Peter hopes the film will be shown widely to health professionals and to a wider audience so the needs of carers in this situation can be properly understood.

Anyone wanting to use Peter’s film within their organisation can be sent a copy in return for a donation to the work of Dry Water Arts and The Curiosity Cafe in Amble.

Hexhamtv can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


For more details and to book for this free screening click here.

For information and support regarding dementia please visit our dementia page

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Come and Work with Us!

We are recruiting for an Engagement Officer to join our enthusiastic and effective team.


£23,685.56 (pro rata £13,443.15)

Part time 21 hours a week

Permanent dependent on funding

Closing date midnight  Thursday 11 April  2019

Based in Hexham with travel across Northumberland


Healthwatch Northumberland is the independent champion for health and social care across the county.  Our aim is to give a voice to people who use those services, influence positive change to services and help meet the health and social care needs of the population.

Health and social care are never far from the news and it’s an area that affects most of us.  Joining Healthwatch Northumberland will give you the opportunity to work as part of a skilled and enthusiastic team making the voice of local people heard.  It’s a busy time and you can help make a difference.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role and Healthwatch Northumberland, contact Derry Nugent, Project Coordinator: derryn@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk.


Job Description

Application Form

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Stepping into Spring Roadshows

Stepping into Spring is a series of roadshows from Ageing Well in Northumberland. These are free events for older people in Northumberland and are a chance to talk to local organisations offering advice and information on staying well and keeping active. Call in for a cup of tea or coffee and have a chat about local events and activities, volunteering opportunities and keeping fit and healthy.


The Roadshows are happening at the following locations:

  • Ponteland, Merton Hall: Thursday 21 March, 9.00am – 12.00pm
  • Prudhoe, Waterworld: Monday 25 March, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Haltwhistle, Methodist Hall: Tuesday 2 April, 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Hexham, Wentworth Leisure Centre: Friday 12 April, 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Morpeth, Town Hall: Wednesday 1 May, 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Blyth, Leisure Centre: tbc
  • Ashington, Leisure Centre: tbc


For more details about individual events please visit our events page




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NHS Long Term Plan – What Would You Do?

Watch Project Coordinator Derry talking to Hexhamtv about the NHS Long Term Plan and how you can get involved.


With growing pressure on the NHS – people living longer, more people living with long-term conditions, and lifestyle choices affecting people’s health – changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need.

The government is investing an extra £20 billion a year in the NHS. The NHS has produced a Long Term Plan, setting out all the things it wants health services to do better for people across the country. Now the NHS needs to hear from you about what those changes should look like in your community.

The Long Term Plan sets out what the NHS wants to do better, including making it easier for people to access support closer to home and via technology, doing more to help people stay well, and providing better support for people with cancer, mental health conditions, heart and lung diseases, long-term conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, learning disabilities and autism, and for people as they get older and experience conditions such as dementia.


We’d like to hear from you so that we can tell the NHS what you think.

What would you do to give people more control of their care?


  • How would you help people live healthier lives?
  • What would make health services better?
  • How would you make it easier for people to take control of their own health and wellbeing?
  • What would you do to make support better for people with long-term conditions?

You can tell us what you think here.

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What would you do to give people better support?


Your local NHS needs to hear from you about how it can provide better care for people living with conditions such as cancer, mental health conditions heart and lung diseases, diabetes, arthritis, learning disabilities, autism, and dementia.

You can tell us your thoughts here.

Find out more about how Healthwatch is helping people get involved in the NHS Long Term Plan here.


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Where to go for support when you have an eating disorder

This Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Healthwatch looked at what young people have told us about their experiences, and where to go for support if you need help.

According to Beat Eating Disorders there are an estimated 1.25 million people in the UK with an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that anyone can develop, no matter their age, gender or background.

In Northamptonshire, Healthwatch surveyed over 2,000 young people aged 9-24 to find out more about their knowledge and experience of eating disorders.

Through their work, they found that:

  • Just under 80% knew what an eating disorder was
  • Over half didn’t know where to go for support
  • 39% didn’t know about any specific services for children and young people
“It was a struggle and it is a constant struggle; you do not know who to turn to get help for your child and there are not enough people who know enough about eating disorders.”
— Parent talking to Healthwatch Northamptonshire

Where to go for support

  • Visit your GP
    If you think that you have an eating disorder you should visit your local GP. They will ask you about your eating habits and lifestyle. If they think that you might have an eating disorder they will refer you to a specialist.
  • Talk to a friend or family member
    It can be very hard to admit you have a problem and ask for help. Start by talking to a friend or family member. You could even bring them with you to your appointment to make you feel more comfortable.
  • Talk to an advisor 
    Beat – The UK’s Eating Disorder Charity – has advisors who can talk to you about the different types of eating disorders, and provide information about recovery and the support available to you. Take a look at their website or contact them using the details below:

Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677


Youthline: 0808 801 0711


What should services do to help?

  • Provide quicker access to support. According to the Care Quality Commission, 27% of people with an eating disorder wait 11 weeks or more to get the right support.
  • Raise awareness of eating disorders and make information about local treatment and support easy to access.
  • Offer more information about support groups to help people support a friend or sibling struggling with an eating disorder.
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Carers Support Groups

Carers Northumberland holds monthly groups for carers across the county. Carers are welcome at any of the groups, at any time and the sessions aim to offer support and information. For more details call Carers Northumberland on: 01670 320025 or email: info@carersnorthumberland.co.uk.

Ponteland: Merton Hall, first Thursday of the month, 10.30am

Ashington: Age UK Northumberland, third Tuesday of the month, 10.30am

Amble: Dry Water Arts Centre, first Tuesday of the month, 10.30am

Felton: Village Hall, first Thursday of the month, 1.30pm

Morpeth: Northumberland County Blind Association, second Wednesday of the month, 10.30am

Bedlington: Salvation Army building, third Wednesday of the month, 1.00pm

Blyth: Buffalo Community Centre, third Thursday of the month, 10.00am

Alnwick: St Paul’s Court, fourth Monday of the month, 1.30pm

Berwick: Community Trust, fourth Wednesday of the month, 11.00am

Hexham: Adapt (NE), fourth Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm

Cramlington: Concordia Leisure Centre, fourth Thursday of the month, 1.00pm

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Citizens Advice Bureau: New Times for the West

As from Monday 4 March 2019 CAB Northumberland has new opening hours as follows:

Prudhoe face-to-face ‘drop-in’ service:
The Manors, Adderlane Rd, Prudhoe NE42 5ET
Wednesday: 9.30am to 11.30pm

Hexham face-to-face ‘drop-in’ service:
The Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NP
Friday: 9.30am to 1.30pm

Debt and energy advice helpline:
Telephone: 01670 339960 Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm
Text ‘debt’: 81400 (for a call back)

Adviceline telephone service:
Telephone: 03444 111 444
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Universal Credit Help to Claim helpline:
Telephone: 01670 339781
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Online information and advice: www.citizensadvicenorthumberland.org.uk