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From 1st July you will be able to book an appointment to be seen by an Emergency Healthcare Practitioner or Healthcare Assistant on Saturday and Sunday at the Extended Hours Clinic at Bishop Auckland General Hospital. These clinics are run by the Durham Dales Health Federation and need to be booked by phoning our receptionists.

Care Navigation - New ways for your local GP practice to help you get to the right support. The Receptionist may ask you a few questions to help navigate you to the best person, they wont try to diagnose your problem but you may need to tell them a little bit about why you are calling

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For hay fever and allergies, can you buy what you need?

For hay fever and allergies have you thought about talking to your pharmacist and buying what you need?

Prescribing readily available medication like antihistamines costs the NHS millions every year, adding unnecessary strain to local GPs and the NHS. Processing these prescriptions can cost 20 times the price of buying identical medication at your local pharmacy or supermarket.

Before you call a GP, talk to your pharmacist. You don’t need an appointment and for most minor illnesses it’s faster and easier.

If you take care of the little things, your NHS can keep taking care of you

Hay Fever and Allergies Patient Information

How to Make an Appointment New Patient Leaflet

Medication Supply and Medication Shortages

               

Patients are requested to

 

Only order the medicines that they need, and not to request prescribers to increase quantities of medication prescribed in order to stockpile medications.

Check the expiry date of any unused medication at home, and if in date use these medications first.

 

Please do not order extra medication.

 

Medication Shortages

 

There are a number of reasons why community pharmacies may not always be able to get medication that is prescribed on patient’s prescriptions.

 

These include:

 

Manufacturers having problems with manufacturing unit and medication therefore not meeting quality standards for use

Manufacturers having difficulty in obtaining ‘raw’ ingredients

More patients being prescribed a particular medication

 

Medication Supply – Brexit

 

The Government has asked patients not to order extra medicines in the run up to Brexit. They have also asked suppliers and pharmacists not to stockpile medicines and GPs not to prescribe more medicines than they usually would. This is because overprescribing, and stockpiling of medicines can contribute to the shortage problems and create medicine shortages for others. Patients should be assured that the Government has contingency plans with regard to medication supplies, including centrally holding additional supplies.

 

When your GP Practice is closed ring 111

Patients urged: ‘Talk Before You Walk’ when your GP practice is closed

 

Patients across Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield have been reminded to ‘Talk Before You Walk’ when in need of care when their GP practice is closed.

 

By phoning NHS 111, patients who need to be seen urgently on the same day will be offered an appointment with a healthcare professional either at their own GP surgery or at another surgery nearby called a Primary Care Service or a hub.

 

Primary Care Services are available across the area.

 

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How we use your medical records

Care Navigation - New ways for your local GP practice to help you get to the right support.

Across County Durham, all GP practices want to make sure their patients are seen quickly by the right healthcare professional. We know that when you are not feeling well you just want to feel better quickly.

Throughout June and July, your GP practice staff are receiving specialist training developed by clinicians, to help them provide you with information about choices you have to see an appropriate person for your healthcare needs. Sometimes a GP isn’t the best person to see. Within your GP practice for example a Practice Nurse (for matters including dressings, immunisations or ear syringes) or a Nurse Practitioner (who can examine, diagnose and prescribe) may be better. You could also be directed to a healthcare professional in the community such as a community pharmacist, optician or sexual health nurse.

 So shortly, when you contact your GP practice, receptionists may ask you a few questions to help navigate you to the best person to help you quickly. They won’t try to diagnose your problem, but you may need to tell them a little bit about why you are calling. You don’t’ have to of course, the choice is yours and you can always still request to see your GP, but you may be able to be seen faster by someone who is able to provide the right care for you using ‘Care Navigation’ to help.

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For minor illnesses have you thought about talking to your pharmacist and buying what you need?

Prescribing readily available medication like paracetamol costs the NHS millions every year, adding unnecessary strain to local GPs and the NHS. Processing these prescriptions can cost 20 times the price of buying identical medication at your local pharmacy or supermarket.

Before you call a GP, talk to your pharmacist. You don’t need an appointment and for most minor illnesses it’s faster and easier.

If you take care of the little things, your NHS can keep taking care of you

Aches and Pains Patient Information

How to Make An Appointment Patient Leaflet click here

Get Well Soon without Antibiotics click here to view the leaflet

Antibiotic Guardian

NHS Child Health App
NHS Child Health App

Medical advice at your fingertips for parents

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help them look after their childs health.  The newly developed parenting app gives easy to understand guidance on common childhood illnesses, recognising when your child is unwell, and advice on when and where to seek further treatment.

The app, which is also available as a booklet, has been created by healthcare professionals across the region as part of the North East Urgent and Emergency Care Network.  The booklet and app contains everything from oral health, upset tummies and diarrhoea to advice on bumps and bruises.

Download the app now, available on Google Play and the App Store by searching the NHS Child Health or view the booklet online at http://www.necsu.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NHS-LAYCH-ONLINE.compressed-1.pdf

Register for Patient On Line Access

Patient Online will help you to take greater control of your health and wellbeing by increasing online access to services.

 Patient on line access poster.pdf

Patient Information Leaflet - click here Patient On Line Leaflet

Cancer Information and Support Centre

The Cancer Information and Support Centre at Bishop Auckland Hospital provides a free and confidential drop in service for anyone affected by cancer, either as a patient, family member or carer. We offer information on a wide range of cancer related topics, financial and welfare advice, a bra fitting service and advice on headwear for cancer patients.

Our team can help you access counselling services and local support groups.

Most importantly we offer a cup of tea, a friendly face and the opportunity to talk over any problems that you may be having.

Our Centre is in the Outpatients Department at Bishop Auckland Hospital with easy access. Call on 01388 455230

 

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