Vaccine latest – 17 March 2021
More than 64,000 local people in South Tyneside (around half the adult population) have now had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with many in the most vulnerable groups now receiving invitations for their second dose. We are on track to reach everyone in the first nine priority groups with first doses by mid-April.
If you’re in one of the first 8 vaccine priority groups and you have not had yours yet, please contact your GP and they can book you into a local vaccine centre.
Local people aged 50-54 will receive invitations from local vaccine centres over the next two weeks – if they receive an invitation to a large vaccine centre like the Nightingale or Centre for Life in the meantime, it is OK to wait to get a vaccine locally if that is more practical for you.
We’re asking people in the age 50-54 group not to call your practice to ask about your jab – you’ll be invited in the next two weeks.
The telephone number is a local number and included on the text message or letter.
If anyone is concerned about calling the number due to the number of scams going round, you are still welcome to contact our reception team. Thank you.
IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION
What is the advice to patients and the public?
The latest information on coronavirus and advice to the public can be found on:
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do:
Not all practices in South Tyneside have received their allocation of Covid Vaccination, Dr Thorniley-Walker and partners are included in this group.
Once we have the vaccine we will be in touch with patients to invite them to attend in order of priority that has been decided by NHS England.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Anyone with these symptoms must self isolate for 10 days (this includes children), if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Anyone with the above symptoms who is WELL can stay at home and does NOT need to ring 111 or be tested
Anyone with these symptoms who is UNWELL should go to 111 online for advice and guidance
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUR PATIENTS
Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus, the surgery door is now shut.
We are open but working in a different way.
We are no longer routinely seeing patients face to face. All patients will have their appointment with a clinician via telephone and if necessary the clinician will arrange for you to be seen.
You can only attend the surgery for a scheduled appointment, otherwise contact must be via telephone. You must wear a face covering when in the surgery.
We are unable to accept any paper from patients. Prescription requests will need to be via patient access or via telephone if you do not have access to the internet.
Anyone that requires a fit note for self-isolation can access this via https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ .The practice is unable to issue fit notes for social distancing, please discuss this with your employer.
We thank you all for your co-operation during this difficult time.
Dr Thorniley-Walker and partners ask that you do not book any appointments at the practice for cold or flu symptoms.
Do Not come to the surgery if you have these symptoms
Please contact 111 directly via this link https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call them on 111
Our receptionists are also available for telephone advice if you are unsure.
Look after your Health whilst we are in this Global Pandemic
Ceasing Telephoned Prescription Orders
As of September 1st 2019 We will change the way we accept Repeat Prescription requests as we will no longer be accepting telephone calls for these.
We have taken the decision to stop taking prescription request via the telephone due to patient safety issues and the need to improve request accuracy.
The Medical Protection Society state that Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all complaints against doctors in primary care.
The Practice is concerned that unclear requests for medication over the phone lead to discrepancies between what the patient believes they have ordered and what has been actioned by the medical receptionist.
The ways in which you can order your prescriptions:
- You should sign up for online access and request them that way.
- We will also provide a box at reception for you to post your request into.
- You may also email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org but please see here
Please allow 48 hours for collection.
REMEMBER to make sure your email has the following details.
Please ensure you complete the details required as shown below or complete the online form available on this site with these details below.
Date of Birth
We cannot ensure prescriptions are processed if we do not have the above details completed accurately every time. All of these details are available on your current prescription
The practice has patients in East and West Boldon, Boldon Colliery, Whitburn and Cleadon.
The vast majority of patients live within three miles of the practice building.
Gibson Court Medical Centre was purpose-built in 1991 with an independent attached pharmacy.
The Practice is a training practice and regularly has GP Registrars, Foundation doctors and Final Year Students.
Each doctor and our training doctors have their own consulting room
We aim to provide accessible, high quality and efficient General Practice by combining the benefits of our long standing traditions that focus on listening, on providing continuity and on the Multidisciplinary team; whilst embracing new technology, new enhanced services (if we can) and new ideas gleaned from being a Training Practice, from other CCG members and from our patients.
We provide modern health care facilities and focus on continually improving the health of our patients and residents of the community.
Please have a look around and send us any comments or suggestions if you like. We can use your comments and ideas to improve our online services and develop the content of this site accordingly.
A ‘healthy lifestyle’ is what we recommend:
- Stop smoking
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg
- Exercise regularly
- Keep alcohol intake within recommended limits
The practice support the Clinical Commission Group introduction of the Think Pharmacy First program
How can Think Pharmacy First help you?
We know that people visit their GP with minor illnesses that their local pharmacist could help with. Instead of booking a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacy instead, saving you time and with no appointment needed, you can just walk in.
All pharmacists can give advice and medicine if you need it that will help clear up the problem.
If your condition is more serious they will then refer you to your GP.
What’s more, many pharmacies are open in the evenings and on the weekends
The Practice has achieved its Contractual Requirement with NHS England and has activated the full Summary Care Record.
The Practice is Currently registered with the Care quality Commission who regulate Health and Social Care services. Their website can be found here
“Every patient has a named GP, however, you can see any GP of your choice in the practice. If you are not aware of who your named GP is and would like to know, please ask at reception”.
“This practice does not endorse any cold calling of patients by any company. Please be very careful who you give your personal & medications details to and if you are worried contact your local GP or pharmacist.”