Long term condition reviews
We are changing the way we provide reviews for our patients with long term conditions. If you have been diagnosed with a long term condition like Diabetes, Chronic Heart Disease, Asthma or COPD we will invite you in to have a review on a yearly basis and we will work with you to support you to manage your condition in the best possible way.
If you have more than one of these conditions you will have them all reviewed in one appointment with the practice nurse. The nurse may invite you in more frequently or refer you on to a GP or to other services if you are having complications of your condition or require additional support.
You will be asked to make an appointment with our Healthcare Assistant one week before you see the practice nurse. The Healthcare Assistant will gather information required and carry out any tests needed, for example bloods, weight and/or BP check so that the practice nurse has all of the information she needs to carry out a thorough review. The practice nurse will share the results of these tests with you at the review and will work with you to start to think about and plan how you can better manage your condition in future.
To make it easy for you to remember when you are due your review in future we will invite you in during the month of your birthday.
It is recommended that most women have routine cervical smears taken every three years from the age of 25 until they reach the age of 65. Please telephone and make an appointment. Routine smears are usually taken by the Practice Nurse or occasionally by a Doctor if necessary.
The Dietician offers expert advice on dietary management and nutrition etc. The Dietician has a clinic once a month. You will need a referral from a GP or nurse to see the dietician.
Drug and Alcohol
If you require support around drug or alcohol misuse Gateshead Evolve can help. You can refer yourself to the service by calling 0191 594 7821 or email Gateshead.firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can speak to your GP. We have two recovery support workers based in the practice.
If you think you may be pregnant you can hand in a specimen of urine at reception to be tested without seeing a GP or nurse if you wish. Your results will usually be available within 48 hours. You can then make an appointment to see the midwife to be booked in for antenatal care or book an appointment to see the GP if you would like to discuss any concerns or if you do not wish to carry on the pregnancy.
The doctors can perform certain minor surgical procedures in the practice. Please see one of the doctors to arrange this.
Nursing Home Reviews
Reviews are carried out on all patients residing in nursing homes, according to local guidelines and using recommended record sheets.
We provide palliative care to our patients who require this, in conjunction with our colleagues in the District Nursing and Macmillan services. The doctors have an interest in palliative care and aim to provide patients with physical, psychological and social support during terminal illness.
Travel and other Immunisations
The Practice offers a full range of travel vaccinations (excluding yellow fever) and travel health promotion. Patients’ immunisations status is routinely reviewed and boosters given as per immunisation schedules. Influenza vaccination clinics are provided annually by all of the nursing team.
Please make appointments at least 6 weeks prior to departure.Travel and other Immunisations
Primary Care Mental Health & Talking Therapies
Problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and phobias are very common. If you are suffering any of these help is available from Gateshead Primary Care Mental Health and IAPT Team. If you are aged over 16 you can self refer by calling 0191 0191 283 2541. Alternatively you can book an appointment to see a GP to discuss a referral.
If you are aged under 16 please make an appointment to see a GP to be referred for support.