Important information with effect from Monday 19 July 2021
In line with Infection Prevention Control, we respectfully ask all patients and visitors to wear a face mask or covering whilst visiting the practice and continue to socially distance.
We do understand this is frustrating, but we need to protect sick or vulnerable patients and our staff. Some patients cannot receive the Covid vaccination due to medical reasons and we need to keep them safe.
Our staff will also continue to wear face masks and PPE to ensure patient safety.
Proof of vaccination
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions
Please follow this link to Digital Health Coach for instructions on how to obtain and register on the NHS App.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
It’s never been easier to get your Covid-19 vaccine Latest 30 June 2021
If you haven’t had your Covid-19 vaccine yet, it’s never been easier to get one. From Tuesday 29 June, South Tyneside residents over 18 can get the jab at three drop-in vaccine clinics – no booking, just walk in!
- The Glen Primary Care Centre, Hebburn – Tuesdays 3-6pm
- Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Shields – Thursdays 3-6pm
- Flagg Court Health Centre, South Shields – Saturdays 3-6pm
- To book an appointment at a local vaccine centre (The Glen, Cleadon Park or Flagg Court), please call the South Tyneside Vaccination Contact Centre on 0191 283 1925 or speak with your GP practice.
- To book an appointment at a large vaccine centre (such as the Nightingale Hospital or Centre for Life) or at selected local pharmacies, visit the NHS website or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.
Got questions about the vaccine?
If you have questions about the vaccine, please call the South Tyneside Vaccination Contact Centre on 0191 283 1925 or speak with your GP.
Further information, and answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine, are available at www.southtynesideccg.nhs.uk.
Vaccine Latest 24 June 2021
Weekly drop in clinics for your covid vaccine
We will be running weekly drop in clinics at all three hubs on the following days and times starting week beginning 28th June:
The Glen Primary Care Centre, Hebburn, NE31 1NU *Tuesdays 3-6pm*
Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Shields, NE34 8PS *Thursdays 3-6pm*
Flagg court Health Centre, South Shields, NE33 2LS *Saturdays 3-6pm*
The above drop in clinics are for first doses for patients age 16+ with a health condition such as asthma , diabetes etc and all patients age 18+ who have not yet received their first dose.
Vaccine latest – 1 June 2021
If you’re in one of the 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 30-34 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.
The telephone number is a local number and included on the text message or letter. For us it will come from Imeary Street as this surgery is co-ordinating the campaign for us.
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.”