Life threatening medical emergencies are dealt with by the ambulance service by dialling 999.
Urgent Appointment Request
If you need an urgent appointment every effort will be made to see you on the same day. This service should only be used for a problem which you feel cannot wait for a routine consultation.
Primary Care Access Centre
During periods of high demand, the practice may advise you to contact the Primary Care Access Centre based within Wansbeck General Hospital, Ashington. This is a nurse-led centre that offers minor treatment services. Please ring this service for an appointment on 01670 529205 or 01670 529899. The opening times are Monday – Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm
Minor Injuries Unit
The unit is managed by a team of minor injury nurse practitioners who have direct access to X-ray facilities on site and can refer patients on for follow up care such as a fracture clinic at our general hospitals.
They will treat patients with minor injuries including wounds, minor burns, minor facial and head injuries (such as cuts), limb injuries (excluding hip) as well as minor chest injuries. Any treatments which need to be completed such as suturing, plastering and wound dressing will all be done on site.
Any patients under the age of 1, those requesting to see a doctor or patients who the nurse practitioner deems as being outside the treatment guidelines will be referred to Wansbeck or North Tyneside general hospitals.
Your local MIU is attached to the Blyth Hospital, and the opening times are:
Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.
A home visit should only be requested if it is impossible for you to get to the surgery. Home visits are for patients who are housebound or too ill to attend.
To allow the doctors to plan their visits and avoid delay please telephone for a visit before 10:00 a.m. if possible, whereupon the receptionist will take brief details of the symptoms.
Please note that visits requested after 11:00 a.m. will be dealt with by the duty doctor.
Out of Hours Care
For any non-urgent medical emergencies (999 call), you can use the NHS 111 free service. Simply call 111 for free from any mobile or land-line 24 hours a day.