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. 03000 266 666 The service is free of charge. https://codurhamdrugalcoholrecovery.co.uk/

Last modified: September 24, 2020

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 to anyone who has the following symptoms: a high temperature a new, continuous cough a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste To book a test, call 119, or follow the link below. Need a Test for Travel? Some conuntries […]

Last modified: September 11, 2020

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: May 15, 2020

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: September 24, 2020

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: September 24, 2020