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GP Extended Hours

Appointments in Northumberland

Local GP practices are working together to offer patients better access to GP appointments in Northumberland. Patients can now see a GP at a time which is convenient to them, with additional appointments available on weekday evenings and weekends.

The new service is being provided from 6.30pm Monday to Friday, with some access will be provided at weekends. GP practices in the county are working together to deliver the additional appointments and each practice will provide specific information on the seven locations in Northumberland where patients can access the appointments.

For more information, ask your GP practice.

The Golden Guide

The Golden Guide

The Golden Guide is a free, annual handbook for older people. It’s full of information about local activities and networks, and can help you find support with issues of daily life in Northumberland.

There are hundreds of contacts for social and leisure activities near you plus expert help with health, safety, care, your home and money concerns.

Thousands of copies go out in January through libraries, social care teams, occupational therapists, Boots pharmacies, GP surgeries and local charities.

It’s lively, it’s local and it’s FREE! The Golden Guide online

What to consider when choosing a care home

Care Home Advice

Choosing a care home and working out how to pay for it can be complex. If you’re considering a move to a care home, make sure you have as much information as possible about what to look for, where to look and how to make the move as easy as possible. Independent Age has some useful information for consideration.

Independent Age Care Home Guide

Clubs and support groups for the visually impaired

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Northumberland County Blind Assocation’s clubs and support groups have been set up throughout the county to help combat the social isolation felt by many vision-impaired people as a result of sight loss. Anyone with sight loss can join a club or support group, whether registered or not. Carers, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend.

Holiday First Aid Kit

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What you take with you depends on where you’re going, but think about including: antiseptic, painkillers, wound-cleaning gauze, sterile dressings, bandage tape, plasters, tweezers, thermometer, antihistamines, sunburn treatment, insect repellent and insect bite treatment.
Don’t forget to reorder your prescription  for pre-existing medical conditions in good time and pack plenty of sunscreen. For more details visit NHS Choices. For general travel health information see Fit For Travel.

Summer Health and Self Care

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Peaks in visits to the GP, urgent care centres and A&E during the summer months are seen to be linked with people experiencing a variety of seasonal ailments, such as sunstroke, allergies, minor injuries and food poisoning.

It’s much quicker to look after yourself if you have a common complaint; visit a local pharmacist for confidential advice and treatment to put you on the fast track to feeling better; there’s no need for a prescription or an unnecessary A&E wait.

Find out more

How are YOU?

A ten minute quiz from the NHS giving you a personalised health score,designed only to point you in the right direction. It’s not a medical assessment – if you’re worried about your health you should speak to a health professional.

Take the Quiz

Care Home Checklist

Finding the right care home for you or your loved one can be a tricky issue. There are some key things that you need to think about before taking the next steps and Age Uk has produced a guide to help you through the process.

Age UK Care Home Checklist

Health Trainers

Health trainers offer a friendly and professional free service to anyone over 16 living in Northumberland and North Tyneside. They can help you stay healthy by offering advice and information on eating a balanced diet, getting more exercise, giving up smoking and controlling alcohol intake.   Find out more.

Pharmacy 2 U

Pharmacy 2 U provides an Electronic Prescription Service, working with your GP to deliver your repeat prescriptions to your door, saving you extra visits to your surgery.

To register for the service or to find out whether your doctor’s surgery can offer this service, visit: www.pharmacy2u.co.uk or call: 0113 265 0222.

Blood Pressure Quiz

High blood pressure is sometimes called the silent killer, as it often has no symptoms but can significantly increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia. Use this tool to find out how much you know.

Blood Pressure Quiz

Men’s Health Forum

The Men’s Health Forum is a charity supporting men’s health in England, Wales and Scotland. The forum carries out research, provide health information and advice and raise awareness through intiatives such as Men’s Health Week.

Heart Age Self-Assessment

This self assessment tells you your heart age compared to your real age, explains why it’s important to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and gives advice on how to reduce your heart age.

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