As from 2nd September the pharmacy will no longer be able to order your repeat prescription. Please see RPOS section under prescriptions for more information.
New Extended Hours Service - Need to see a GP or nurse in the evening or on a weekend? GPs in Derwentside are working together to offer extra GP and Nurse appointments from 6.30pm on weekday evenings and from 09:30am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The clinics are held at Tanfield View Medical Group. To book an 'Extended Hours' appointment please contact your surgery Monday-Friday 08.30-5.00. When your surgery is closed, please call 111 to access these clinics. If you need to cancel an appointment, after your own surgery has closed, please ring 07548 652124
Tanfield View Medical Group is now a Training Practice.
This involves fully qualified doctors working in the practice for up to 12 months in order to become GPs.
What are the advantages of this?
Training Practices must meet higher standards than ordinary practices. Doctors who train others must have had extra training themselves. Doctors who have recently worked in hospital often bring new ideas and help the practice keep up to date.
Training doctors locally helps to make sure that there are enough GPs in the area.
Please let us know what you think.
The surgery also now have GP registrars working within the practice
DDES and ND CCGs warning over vitamin scam calls
Practices in ND and DDES CCGs have reported incidents of patients receiving unsolicited calls requesting their bank details in order to purchase vitamins.
The caller claims that they work for the NHS before stating that the patient requires vitamins that are to be paid for over the phone, resulting in charges of hundreds of pounds.
We encourage practices to raise awareness of this scam with patients, via practice newsletters and other appropriate forums.
Durham Constabulary advise that anyone who has been contacted in this way contact their bank as soon as possible to attempt to block the payment, and should report it to Action Fraud (the UK's national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre) on 0300 123 2040.
To reduce the number of cold calls, register with the telephone preference service on 0345 070 0707 or www.tpsonline.org.uk
Use this link to view the item: Vitamin scam calls (https://portal.gpteamnet.co.uk/Announcements/ViewItem/15efe1ee-e934-47f7-bb39-a5fe00e36413)
Sent by Rachel Payne (CCG Medicines Optimisation DDES and North Durham)
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