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Flu vaccines for under and over 65s now available at the Bellingham Practice: 

Please call us to book for one of our flu clinics : -

Daily clinics from through October and early November 2018

New evening and weekend GP service based at Corbridge Health Service bookable via the Bellingham Practice only

Patients who need to see a GP in the evening or weekend can pre-book with us for appointments at the Corbridge Health Centre - New evening and weekend GP service

Telephone number - cancellations and directions only 01434 636950

General Data protection Regulation (GDPR)

From 25th May 2018 the new Data Protection Regulations are in place.  As a practice we will endeavour to be open with our patients with regard to the data we hold about them.  Please follow the link to our Privacy Policy.  Patients will find that when they have contact with the practice they may be asked questions regarding consent to share information. Privacy Notice

Grandparents out there.

Are you a grandparent who finds themselves being the main carer of grandchildren.  Please follow the links or use the contact details below to access support

0300 123 7015


Relative experiences 0n 0808 800 2222

Text Reminders

We are now advising patients via text messages about their Doctors appointments.  If we have your mobile telephone number we will send you an automatic message the day before to remind you.  If you do not want to take advantage of this service then please let us know so we can update your records.

Online Appointments

If you would like to make an appointment with a GP via this website please contact the practice to register for SystmOnline bookings and then follow this link

Book appointment online

If you need an urgent appointment then please contact the surgery.


The practice is using a secure system to transfer some medical records between practices when registering with us or registering elsewhere.  This forms part of our contractual obligations with the NHS.


Nurses & Clinics

Lisa Gillie is our Practice Nurse and is our nursing team leader.

Lisa runs our asthma clinic, coronary heart disease clinic, cardiac rehab, co-ordinates the cervical screening and childhood immunizations programmes, and has daily treatment room sessions in the practice.

Kirsten Telfer works as a treatment room nurse, seeing  patients for dressing, injection and health care screening, Kirsten has regular treatment room sessions in the practice.

The Bellingham District Nursing team has two Community Matrons, Graine Rapier and Julie Culbert.  The rest of the community team includes Lisa Jones, Joanne Nichol, Joanne Wilkins, Deborah O'Neill, Kirsty Anderson,  Helen Patterson, Diane O'Neil and Faye Graham.  All the nurses are registered general nurses, with the Sisters having undertaken further study. They are all employed by Northumberland Care Trust.

There are many aspects to their work but their overall aim is to provide a comprehensive skilled nursing service and to promote the wellbeing of the community in which they work:

  • To facilitate and provide specialist equipment to individuals within their own home.
  • To enable individuals to gain confidence and independence through teaching specific skills in relation to their condition.
  • To act as a link person between hospital, home and general practitioner.
  • Continence promotion: assessment and changes to the management of continence problems.
  • Specialist clinics: asthma, diabetes, coronary heart disease and health promotion
  • Support and advice whenever necessary.
  • Support to people with short or long term illness.
  • Terminal care of patients at home.
  • Bereavement counseling.

The District Nurses work as an integral part of the primary health care team at The Bellingham Practice. They accept direct referrals from individuals as well as from other family members, hospitals and the general practitioner.

They can be contacted on 01434 220383 between 9am and 10am on weekdays and Saturdays. There is a answer machine for messages outside these times.

In addition Graine Rapier, one of our Community Nursing Sisters, is a Diabetic Specialist Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner. A Nurse Practitioner is an experienced nurse who has undergone extra training to allow her to develop skills in the diagnosis and management of common problems in General Practice.

Graine has the following qualifications:

Registered General Nursing Diploma, BSc in Professional Studies in District Nursing, Certificate in Education, Royal College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Award. She has other qualifications in diabetes, continence care, palliative care and nurse prescribing.

tests_and_resultsWe have staff particularly trained for taking blood samples (phlebotomy as it is correctly known) and blood pressures. Claire Bodfield and Kath Bainbridge are our Health Care Assistants and this is part of their role in the practice. When you are asked to make an appointment to arrange a blood sample, BP recording or an ECG it is likely that you will be given an appointment with Claire or Kath.  This will free up nursing time for more complex appointments such as Asthma or Diabetic reviews.




We provide a physiotherapy service at The Bellingham Practice. The physiotherapist is Eileen Davidson. She is employed by Northumberland Care Trust and are based at Hexham General Hospital.

Clinics are held at the practice twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

Following referral from your doctor they will offer you a range of treatments for a wide variety of acute and chronic musculo-skeletal disorders.

If the GP feels that a patient is unable to attend the clinic at the surgery the physiotherapist can visit at home. They will assess and give advice on mobility problems and provide walking aids. Their aim is to provide a comprehensive service within a convenient and familiar location for the residents of Bellingham and surrounding area.

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