Cauda Equina Syndrome Warning Signs

Many patients have a combination of back pain, leg pain, leg numbness and weakness. These symptoms can be distressing for you but don’t necessarily require emergency medical attention. However, a rare but serious back condition, Cauda Equina Syndrome, can lead to permanent damage or disability if not treated quickly. If you have the condition you […]

Last modified: July 26, 2022

ADHD Prescribing Information

The practice will only prescribe ADHD medication for a patient (under a NHS or private specialist) where:  a clear diagnosis has been made;  appropriate pretreatment checks have occurred; the patient is stable on medication initiated by a specialist; regular physical and review checks are attended;  and a shared care agreement is in place. Our full […]

Last modified: June 24, 2022

Green Inhalers

Thank you for showing an interest in changing to a low-carbon inhaler.  If you agree to proceed, we will change your inhaler to the Easyhaler brand. These inhalers look and work slightly differently to what you will be used to.  To use the inhaler, you first press the button to “activate it” and then take […]

Last modified: June 20, 2022

COVID Vaccination Questions

When you attend your appointment for your COVID vaccine, you will be asked the below questions. To try and ensure we are as efficient as possible, it would help if you could read the questions ahead of time so you have a chance to prepare. If the answer to any of the questions is “Yes” […]

Last modified: January 18, 2022

Can different COVID vaccines be used for first and second doses?

The following advice is extracted from the 20 May 2021 NHS England publication: The recommendation is that the same vaccine is given in the second dose as the first. If a different second vaccine is considered, a detailed informed consent process is to be followed. It may be appropriate to give a different second vaccine […]

Last modified: May 22, 2021

Steroid Emergency Card – Patient Guide

Why do I need a steroid card? You have been advised to carry the NHS Steroid Emergency Card as you are taking long-term steroid treatment. It is important that any healthcare professional who treats you knows you are on long-term steroids. You should not stop suddenly taking your steroid treatment, as you may feel very […]

Last modified: July 12, 2022

Household Contacts and COVID Vaccination

The JCVI have advised that household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the COVID Vaccination. To clarify the situation, these are the definitions that guide who qualifies: Who is a household contact? The JCVI defines a contact as: “individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days ……. and therefore for […]

Last modified: April 7, 2021

Covid Vaccination

Can I book an appointment for one of my first two doses or booster? Yes. Anyone over 5 can book for a vaccination at a national vaccine centre. This does not apply for the 2022 Autumn campaign.

Last modified: August 18, 2022

ADHD Screening

To establish a diagnosis of ADHD in an adult, a comprehensive assessment by a psychiatrist needs to be made. In order to ensure that we refer patients who need assessment, we would like you to complete a screening questionnaire. Please complete the questionnaires below and return them to the doctor as requested. Our ADHD prescribing […]

Last modified: June 27, 2022

Drug and Alcohol Support

In Durham, treatment for drug and alcohol problems is provided by the Durham drug and alcohol recovery service. Patients can self refer to the service by visiting their website or contacting the phone number below. The service is free of charge. 03000 266 666

Last modified: May 13, 2021

Stop Smoking Service

Stopping smoking is really hard, but makes a huge difference to your health and finances. County Durham has an excellent Smoking Cessation service that can help you quit. They are able to arrange medication and other support to help you stop for good.

Last modified: September 11, 2020

Book a COVID Test

COVID tests are provided by the national NHS Track and Trace service. They are only provided in very specific circumstances as outlined on their website. Private lateral flow tests can be purchased from most pharmacies. Need a Test for Travel? Some conuntries are requiring any visitors to have proof of COVID status at the point […]

Last modified: May 9, 2022

Mental Health – Other Support Services

Rape and Sexual Assault Referral Centre ‘The Meadows’ Advice, support and counselling for victims of sexual assault. Services include sexual health screening and forensic examinations if required. This service is available even if you do not feel able to report the crime to the police. Domestic Violence – Harbour Help and support for women and […]

Last modified: July 26, 2020

Mental Health Online Self Help

The following websites can provide helpful advice on improving mental health conditions: Self Help Leaflets from Northumberland NHS Trust Recovery College Online – Online educational courses and resources to people with experience of mental illness

Last modified: July 26, 2020

Talking and Psychological Therapies

Talking therapies are an important part in the treatment of mental health problems. You can self-refer to these services without seeing a doctor if you choose. However, if you are looking for advice on a diagnosis, or would like to discuss medication, you will need to speak to a doctor at the surgery. If you […]

Last modified: September 24, 2020

Mental Health Crisis Support

If you are feeling in crisis with your mental health, please contact any of the following options: Durham Mental Health Crisis Team: 0800 0516 171 | 0300 0200317 If you are known to Secondary Care Mental Health Services contact your CPN during normal working hours or the Crisis Team thereafter. Samaritans: 116 123 NHS 111: 111 Durham University […]

Last modified: August 5, 2020

Coronavirus Antibody Test

What is an antibody test?  An antibody test can tell someone whether they have had the virus that causes Covid-19 in the past, by analysing a blood sample.   What do antibody test results mean?   A positive antibody test demonstrates that someone has developed antibodies to the virus. The presence of antibodies signals that the body […]

Last modified: June 26, 2020

GLAD: Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression Study

NIHR: BioResource. An exciting opportunity to get involved in the largest ever study of anxiety and depression! What is the GLAD Study? The GLAD Study is a project set up to explore risk factors in individuals who have experienced depression and/or anxiety, including those with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, OCD, or related disorders, at […]

Last modified: June 9, 2020

Urgent “Two-Week Referral” – Patient Information

What does it mean to be urgently referred? An urgent two-week referral usually means that you will be offered an appointment with a hospital specialist within 2 weeks of your General Practitioner (GP) making the referral. If you do not get a call within 2 weeks please contact the Trust by telephone 01207 523641 or […]

Last modified: June 3, 2020

2 Week Wait – Tele-triage Dermatology

What happens next? Once the consultant has reviewed the images of your skin you will either be: Contacted by the hospital to tell you that the skin lesion is benign (not cancerous) and no further action is needed. This letter may take several days to receive. Contacted by the hospital to arrange a further appointment […]

Last modified: May 22, 2020

Prostate Symptom Scoring

The International prostate symptom score (IPSS) is a validated scoring tool that helps put a number on how bad your symptoms are related to your prostate disease. It is often helpful to complete this score before and a few weeks after changes to your treatment plan to assess how much of a difference it is […]

Last modified: May 22, 2020

Annual Health Reviews

The practice are now inviting all patients who either have a long term condition or who take medications that require monitoring to attend for an annual review. The review is to give you an opportunity to discuss your condition. It is also a chance to check that you are on the best treatment and to […]

Last modified: May 15, 2020

Home Saturation Monitoring – Patient Guide

You have been given a pulse oximeter to monitor your blood oxygen levels during your suspected COVID-19 infection. Please follow the instructions below. Instructions for using the probe Attach the pulse oximeter to your finger and wait until the screen indicates two numbers: your SpO2 and pulse rate. SpO2 is a reading showing the amount […]

Last modified: April 6, 2022

Attending for an X-ray in Durham as an outpatient

Requests for X-rays are made electronically so you don’t need to take anything with you. The X-ray department (Radiology) is based at: University Hospital of North Durham North Rd, Durham DH1 5TW The opening times are 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. There is no need to make an appointment, but there may be a short wait if it […]

Last modified: May 14, 2020

Mental Health Support Contacts

There are many different services and people who are there to help you with your mental health. Please select from the following options to get the right help for you. *Including domestic violence, rape and sexual assault and financial support.

Last modified: October 25, 2021

Ear Syringing

What is Ear Wax Earwax is a normal build-up of dead cells, hair, foreign material such as dust, and natural wax which forms a protective coating on the skin in the ear canal. The quantity of earwax produced varies greatly from person to person. A doctor or nurse can look into the ear canal and […]

Last modified: October 12, 2020