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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]