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.
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
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/2QrE697
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.
Please do not ring to check prescriptions are ready or to order early as we are not issuing medication early to prevent stockpilling. Please show consideration to those patients that need medication. 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.
Please ensure you wear a face mask / covering if asked to attend the practice for an appointment
Help the fight against COVID-19
The PRINICIPLE trials aim to find treatment that reduce hosiptal admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19 for more information to take part in the trials please visit www.principletrial.org
Updated Covid-19 Shielding advice
The UK Government has set out a roadmap for the clinically extremely vulnerable on the future of the shielding programme. For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone – but the guidance will change on 6 July and again on 1 August , subject to clinical evidence.
Shielding and other advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory.
For further information
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
Change in rules regarding face coverings
It was announced on 14th July that from July 24th 2020 everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering a shop or business.
This is in addition to wearing one on Public Transport which has been mandatory for some time now.
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.
We have put a document on our website called Face Mask Exemption Card. Feel Free to download and print this out if you want.