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.
GP Access Survey -A new normal way to access Gp services
How we bring our patients with us on the new journey is going to take explaining, understanding and time.We are now a year into living during this pandemic and it has shown us how changes can be made.
The need for appointments continues to increase and Covid has identified that not everything is diagnosed in an face to face appointment and using other methods such as video or telephone consultations are allowing patient to get a response within 24 hours. Previous to Covid routine appointments were often booked up to 2-3 weeks ahead.
The demand for appointments increased during the pandemic.
No of GP, Nurse Practitioner Appointments Booked
March 2019 to March 2020
March 2020 to March 2021
As a practice we have analysed the results and it has indicated that by using alternative methods such as :
- Telephone & Video consultations
- Online services & eConsults
- Including Face to Face.
By introducing these methods the practice patients have been able to increase their access to services by 12% on the previous year.
Based on the information above how would you like to be involved in shaping the way we work as a practice please complete the survey.
Bank Holiday Monday 03.05.2021
The surgery will be closed from Friday 30th April 2021 at 6pm and will not reopen until Tuesday 4th May at 8am.
If you have a medical emergency please ring NHS 111 for all life threatening emergencies please ring 999
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
To Order a Repeat Prescription online
To request a repeat prescription online click on the Prescription Icon at the top of the page 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
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
The surgery has sent Covid vaccination invites to all of the priority list groups 1-9 . If you have still not booked your vaccine and are in the one to the priority groups you will need to wait for NHS National Programme to contact you to be invited.
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.
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