Welcome to Bewicke Medical Centre
Bewicke Medical Centre has around 10.000 patients on their list and covers the Howdon, Willington Quay and Part of Wallsend area. The surgery has 6 partners and 2 salaried GP's. The surgery is also a training practice and has 2nd year foundation doctors and 3rd , 5th year medicals students each year.
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Video GP Service - Livi
The practice now offers a video GP service- Livi- to all our patients. To access the service, simply download Livi from the App Store(iphone) or Google Play (Android), and sign up. You can get medical advice, prescriptions and referrals by video, with appointments available on the same day, even at weekends. Monday- Friday 7am-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am- 4pm.
Get the app https://bit.ly/2CFrjNg
Reception Customer Survey
Due to Covid-19 Pandemic the practice is currently operating differently to protect both staff and patients.
- Therefore our receptionist have been asked to follow new guidelines with all of our appointments being telephone triage initially. The GP then makes a decision if the patient needs to be seen face to face.
- We are currently working through challenging times and want to continue providing a good level of customer service from our Receptionists. Please can you take time to complete the survey below as this feedback is vital for our continuous improvements.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS 18.03.2021
The Government's Vaccines Task Force have now notified us that there will be a significant reduction in weekly supply available from manufacturers beginning in the week commencing 29 March, meaning volumes for first doses will be significantly constrained. They now currently predict this will continue for a four-week period, as a result of reductions in national inbound vaccines supply. The clinics have currently been suspended for 1st vaccination from the booking site until a further update. We apologise for the frustation this may cause patients however it is out of our control.
For up to date information on the GP led North Tyneside COVID-19 vaccination Programme please visit https://tynehealth.org.uk/covid-19/.
This includes information on who is currently being invited for their vaccination.
To Order a Repeat Prescription online
To request a repeat prescription online click on the Prescription Icon above and select order online option. For fitnotes you need to self certify for the first 7 days and if you are still unwell you can then order a fitnote via eConsult below. Repeat Medication requests can not be ordered via e Consult. You cannot order medication via e Consult this is only for Fitnotes
Please do not contact the practice we will be in touch when it is your turn to get the vaccine.
Important Information about Appointments during the Corona Virus
- All appointments will be made by telephone initially. The doctor/nurse will call the patients first and then make a decision if the patient needs to come down to the surgery.
- The practice would appreciate if patients can be understanding towards staff during this difficult period as it is the safety and welfare of both staff and patients to minimise the spread of infection.
The surgery is not doing fit notes for isolation period please visit the NHS 111 online to download a isolation note.
Please use eConsult above if it is non-urgent and can wait for a response the Doctors and staff at the surgery would appreciate it during this challenging time.
Please think sensibly before ringing the surgery and please be kind to staff as we are extremely busy. For all advise on Covid-19 please do not ring the surgery visit NHS 111 online.
Delirium can affect men or women of any age but is more common among older people or those with dementia.
It can be extremely frightening for patients and families because it involves a decreased ability to concentrate, sleepiness, agitation, and sometimes even hallucinations or altered beliefs.
International figures show that 1 in 4 older hospital patients will get delirium and it is hoped the new video will offer some much-needed advice and information for local people.
Although delirium has some of the similar symptoms to dementia it isn’t the same thing. Delirium comes on quickly and usually resolves over days, whereas dementia develops slowly over many months and mostly cannot be reversed.
If you’re concerned that a family member may have delirium you should seek medical help promptly because it can be a sign of acute, serious illness and the new video offers some valuable advice.
Get Well for Winter
Get Well for Winter is a brand new programme aimed at people with learning disability and anybody who supports them in the North East and Cumbria to help them Get Well for Winter.
Click on the link below to view the timetable from April 2021
Get fit in your own front room.
People in Tyneside are set to benefit from a new exercise programme the new HowFit (Home Wellbeing and Fitness) Plan instructional leaflet delivered to their homes free of charge this week. The Plan is designed to help people improve their fitness and health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
HowFit encourages users of any ability, from chair based to fairly fit, to undertake a plan of simple exercises that can be carried out at home without the need for any special equipment. "HowFit has been designed to include exercises of varying difficulties, meaning that it is suitable for adults of any age, whether you currently exercise or not and without the need for any special equipment. The accompanying website has videos to show you how to do the exercises too." HowFit has been created in partnership with NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG.
The HowFit Plan provides the user with a range of exercises divided into four categories; 1.mobility, 2. strength, 3. cardiovascular health and 4.stability, balance and co-ordination – with videos and animations on the website to demonstrate how the exercise is carried out. Dr David Jones, a GP in Newcastle and Clinical Chair of NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG said: "Though it might be tempting to skip on exercise in these challenging times, it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. "By carrying out the HowFit exercise programme a few days a week it can improve your mental health and wellbeing so it is important that we all make exercise as part of our daily routine."
The HowFit information leaflet www.howfittoday.co.uk.
North Tyneside Good Neighbours and Age UK- Covid 19 Response
DO YOU NEED HELP? if you need help due to the Covid-19 crisis call the North Tyneside Council COVID-19 Response Team on 0345 2000 101
CAN YOU HELP OTHERS? if you are able to help others, please contact VODA's Good Neighbour; Josie.Robinson@voda.org.uk 0191 6432632
Age Uk- can help if you are self isolating and have no support in place from family,friends or neighbours click on link for further information North Tyneside Age Uk