Practice Services


Ease of Access Services

We believe that all care should be delivered equally and have developed new ways of working to allow all of our patients to get the best care possible.  Click here for more detailed information

Babies/Child Health Development Checks

Our Health Visitors offer services which include:

  1. Help, support and practical advice for young families. Families are visited by appointment in their homes as well as having open access to a weekly Well Baby/Family Drop In clinics at all of our surgeries. At the initial contact, the Health Visitor carries out a Health Needs Assessment with the family to ensure an individual Health care Plan, which promotes partnership working with the clients and health visitor. This identifies health needs and allows the targeting of support.
  2. The Health Visiting service promotes well-being in an holistic manner, focusing on a family-centred Public Health Role.
  3. Child Health Surveillance - is based on the Hall 4 criteria - as a standard of care contacts. This again is negotiated and adapted as individual and family needs are highlighted.

All babies and children will be offered health and development checks at 8 weeks, 7-9 months, 2 years and 4 years by your GP or Health Visitor. A hearing test is given at 7-9 months for babies who did not receive a neonatal hearing test.

Carers

The role of a Carer is demanding and in recognition of the physical and psychological strains this can place upon an individual we have access to information/advice services. If you are a Carer and need help, you can raise this with a receptionist, doctor or nurse. There is useful information on the Carers Northumberland website: www.carersnorthumberland.org.uk.

Click here to see how Wellway works with this organisation.

Cervical Smears

We advise all women to have regular smear tests. If you have not had a smear test for 3 years (women aged 25-49 years) or 5 years (women aged 50-64 years) please make an appointment to have this done. We will then remind you to have this repeated as necessary. All routine smears are carried out by our nurses.

Child Immunisations

Immunisation protects not only your young baby and child, but other children and adults as well. It is quick, safe and simple. Your Health Visitor will discuss and advise you concerning the immunisation your child or baby will need. Immunisations are given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, 13-15 months, 3½ years and 4 years of age.

Continence

We have trained staff who can advise you on all matters relating to continence problems.

Dietician

A Dietician is attached to the PHCT to provide advice and guidance on all aspects of nutrition and healthy eating. Specific advice is available for diabetics. Appointments with the Dietician are available via the GPs.

Family Planning

Advice on all aspects of family planning/emergency contraception is given during normal surgery hours by nurses who have been specially trained in this area, or with the doctors. We are also a recognised C-Card Centre where under 25’s can register to obtain condom supplies free of charge.

We also have GPs and nurses who fit contraceptive implants and coils.

Health Visitors

Wellway Medical Group has seven Health Visitors that hold the additional Health Visiting Certificate qualification. They are based across all four sites.

Health Visitor Drop-In Sessions

These are open access sessions for clients/families who wish to access health advice and support.

  • Lynemouth Surgery Wednesdays 9.30 - 11.00 am
  • Morpeth (NHS Centre) Tuesdays 1.00 - 2.30 pm
  • Morpeth (Sure Start) Wednesdays 9.00 – 10.30 am
  • Pegswood Surgery Thursdays 9.00 – 10.30 am
  • Newbiggin Health Centre Tuesdays 9.00 – 10.30 am

Immunisations

Immunisation has caused dramatic improvements in health. Because of immunisation, diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles and polio which used to be major causes of ill health are now rare in many countries. Some immunisations are offered to all people through the childhood immunisation programme. Some are offered to 'at risk' groups – such as Flu, Pneumococcal and Hepatitis B immunisations.

Midwifery

Our Midwives work with the doctors to provide care and advice during pregnancy and after childbirth via antenatal clinics, classes and home visits.

Minor Surgery

Minor surgical procedures including the removal of moles and cysts, joint injection and cryocautery and joint injections carried out in two of our surgeries. Appointments for suitable procedures can be made by seeing your doctor.

Please note that benign skin lesions cannot be removed on the NHS for cosmetic reasons only.

Nursing (Practice and Community)

All our nurses are registered with a nursing union. They have a wide range of responsibilities and duties with differing areas of special expertise and interest, providing quality of care in chronic disease management and health promotion.

They also carry out Treatment Room Duties. In addition, the Community Nurses provide care to patients in their own home, eg, following hospital discharge.

Further details can be found here.

Non-NHS Services

Certain services provided by your doctor are not covered by the National Health Service and you may be asked to pay a fee, eg, pre-employment medicals, private certificates, private medical insurance claims, fitness to drive medicals.

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Pregnancy Care

Prior to pregnancy, it is worth discussing your health with your GP or Midwife and they can advise you on specific issues in relation to taking Folic Acid to help reduce the chances of having a baby with a spinal cord problem (i.e. Spina Bifida). This should ideally be started 12 weeks before your pregnancy starts and until you are 12 weeks pregnant. Our doctors and midwives can also advise you on other healthy lifestyle issues for pregnant women especially in relation to medical conditions you may already have, eg, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Asthma or Depression.

  • Morpeth: An antenatal clinic is held on Tuesdays between 11.00 am and 12 noon. A doctor, community midwife and health visitor are in attendance.
  • Pegswood: An antenatal clinic is held on Mondays between 1.00 and 3.00 pm with the community midwife.
  • Lynemouth: An antenatal clinic is held on Tuesdays between 9.00 am and 11.30 am with the community midwife.
  • Newbiggin: Booking in clinic Thursdays between 2.30 and 3.15 pm. Routine antenatal clinics are held Thursdays between 11 am and 12 noon. A doctor, community midwife and health visitor are in attendance.

Podiatry

A Chiropodist is attached to all 4 surgeries. The Chiropodists carry out home visits for house-bound patients who are unable to attend the clinic due to immobility. The Chiropodists are supported by a Footcare Assistant who conducts sessions at the main surgery. Times of sessions can vary from month to month.