Hay Fever Self-care

If you are suffering from mild to moderate hay fever, please read the following NHS guidance.

Last modified: April 27, 2022


“County Durham CCG is launching Seriously in their local area to raise awareness of the issue to their local communities. County Durham CCG is the highest prescriber of antibiotics per patient population in the country despite ongoing reductions over the past few years, with the support of this campaign they hope to make a big […]

Last modified: April 13, 2022

Knee pain? Over 45?

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust are conducting a study that will test non-drug treatments for knee pain and are looking for people to take part. For more info: keele.ac.uk/propoa or Call: 0800 130 3419

Last modified: February 11, 2022

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  Claypath Medical Centre University Health Centre Friday, 24th December 2021 CHRISTMAS EVE 8.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Saturday, 25th December 2021 CHRISTMAS DAY CLOSED CLOSED Sunday, 26th December 2021 BOXING DAY CLOSED CLOSED Monday, 27th December 2021 BANK HOLIDAY CLOSED CLOSED Tuesday, 28th December 2021   CLOSED CLOSED Wednesday, […]

Last modified: December 17, 2021

NHS Campaign: Painkillers Don’t Exist

Painkillers Don’t Exist is an NHS campaign that aims to raise awareness of the dangerous effects of long-term high-dose pain medication and empower people living with pain to make informed decisions about their health.

Last modified: December 10, 2021

Care Coordination

Care Coordination at Claypath & University Medical Group Is Care Coordination for you? Our Care Coordinator is here to work with patients who require additional help and support in managing their care. Care coordinators provide extra time, capacity, and expertise to support patients in managing or chasing appointments, preparing for clinical conversations or in following […]

Last modified: November 25, 2021

Op Courage: The Veterans Mental Health And Wellbeing Service

The first call for help takes courage. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or wellbeing problems, expert help is available from Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. If you’re due to leave the Armed Forces, just left the Armed Forces or left many years ago, Op COURAGE […]

Last modified: November 29, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Third routine doses

Medical research is suggesting that some people might not develop a good antibody response to their two dose COVID Vaccine. Therefore, we are inviting this group of people to have a third dose of vaccine. The third dose is different to the booster dose. People who get a third dose, which can be given 8 […]

Last modified: October 11, 2021

Have you been in hospital with COVID-19?

If you are still suffering with COVID-19 symptoms after being in hospital, you could help contribute to developing better care for people after COVID-19. The REGAIN study aims to find out which of two treatments is better for helping people recover after being in hospital with COVID-19: An on-line rehabilitation exercise and recovery support group […]

Last modified: February 11, 2022

General Practice Extraction Service

Earlier this year we publicised the pending NHS Digital GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDfPR) GP record data extraction and your ability to opt-out. The programme was scheduled for launch in July and then delayed until September. It has now been delayed indefinitely.  Concerns were raised by patients and GPs about potential problems with […]

Last modified: July 21, 2021

Claypath and University Primary Care Network Podiatry Service

Our Primary Care Network has recently established a podiatry service at its University Health Centre site each Wednesday to enable practice patients to have timely access to podiatry following the onset of a foot problem. Timely access has been proven to reduce problems persisting for a long time or constantly recurring.  The services provided include: […]

Last modified: March 25, 2021

Could you help with a research study about Type 2 diabetes?

Research in Newcastle has shown that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed to normal. Professor Roy Taylor’s team is now testing whether this is also possible for non-obese people with type 2 diabetes. We are looking for people with Type 2 diabetes of less than 6 years duration for a 1 year research study. Individuals […]

Last modified: March 25, 2021

Germ Defence Study

We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from […]

Last modified: March 10, 2021

COVID Vaccine Scams

We are aware that people are being sent unsolicited text messages and emails related to the COVID vaccine as part of scams. We are sending text invites to patients as well as phoning people. Our text messages look like the image below. If the message is legitimate, it will never ask for: Credit card details […]

Last modified: January 26, 2021

Flu Vaccination 2021

Having a Flu vaccine is especially important in 2021 to protect yourself and others and reduce the risk from coronavirus. How to book Who can have a free NHS vaccine? The following people are eligible for a NHS flu vaccine, those who are: are 50 years old or over Living in a care home 2-3 Year […]

Last modified: December 16, 2021

Stop Smoking Service

The latest information for the stop smoking service in Durham.

Last modified: August 5, 2020

Supplementary Patient Privacy Notice on Covid-19 Covid-19 and your information – Updated on 10th April 2020

This notice describes how we may use your information to protect you and others during the Covid-19 outbreak. It supplements our main Privacy Notice. The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health and social […]

Last modified: July 14, 2020

Coronavirus Update – June 2020

If you have symptoms associated with the coronavirus including a new continuous cough or a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days if you are well.  Please do not attend the practice. If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you […]

Last modified: June 1, 2020

Support for Military Veterans with priority NHS care

Are you a Military Veteran (Ex- Armed Forces)? The UK Government has pledged to support Military Veterans, Ex-Forces with priority NHS care. Who is defined as a veteran? ‘A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day in the regular or reservist forces’. There are around 4.5million veterans […]

Last modified: October 9, 2019

Student Practice News – Autumn 2019

How to use health services when in Durham It is important you access the most appropriate clinician when you have a health problem.  The practice has, therefore, produced a “How to use our GP service leaflet” to assist you in identifying who to see depending on your health problem. In general, you should: Ask your […]

Last modified: September 19, 2019

Practice News (Winter, 2017/18)

1. Staff Hellos and Goodbyes Regrettably we said goodbye to: Anne Phillips resigned as Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Manager on 29th December, 2017, to take up an appointment in Stanley Health Centre. Anne made an invaluable contribution to the development of the nursing team having worked in the practice for over twelve years. We hope she is […]

Last modified: February 15, 2019

Practice News (Autumn, 2017)

STAFF PROFILE Dr Michael Smith, Salaried GP Dr Smith joined the practice in March 2017, having previously practiced elsewhere in the North East. He trained in London, qualifying as a GP in 2015. Alongside his clinical practice, treating both Durham residents and students, he has a special interest in IT. Since joining the practice he […]

Last modified: February 15, 2019

The Great North Care Record

Improving healthcare in the North East You may have heard that a new way to enable medical professionals to access patient records is being rolled out across the North East region to help provide better, safer care. The Great North Care Record provides secure, real-time access to a summary of GP-held records for clinicians, so […]

Last modified: February 15, 2019

Vaccination/Immunisation Update

NHS HEALTH CHECKS Are you aged 40-74yrs? Even though you might be feeling great, if you’re over forty years you may be at risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia. A free NHS Health Check can help you reduce these risks and make sure you stay healthy. You can access the NHS […]

Last modified: February 15, 2019

Practice News (Summer, 2017)

STAFF PROFILE Joanne Malarkey, Medical Secretary/Supervisor Joanne Malarkey, joined the practice in 1999 as a medical secretary. She is a highly regarded, member of the practice team. She has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the role and is now supervisor of the secretarial team. She has seen many changes in the NHS over […]

Last modified: February 15, 2019

Practice News (Spring 2017)

Staff Hellos and Goodbyes Regrettably we said goodbye to: Dr Lindy Pun left the practice in November, 2016, during her maternity leave, to return to Macau in China with her husband, Lucas, and new arrival baby Jonathan.  We wish them all the very best for the future. Dr Frances Timson left the practice on 31st […]

Last modified: February 15, 2019