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.
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 Joanne Nichol, Joanne Wilkins, 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:
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. We 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.
If you have had unprotected intercourse (if you have had sex without a condom) and are worried you might become pregnant then you should take emergency contraception (morning after pill). You have 72 hours to take the tablet after the event , but the earlier you take it the better. Pregnancy can still occur after taking this pill, as it is not 100% reliable. The other option is to have an emergency intra uterine coil, this has a failure rate of no greater that 1%, which can be fitted in the first 5 days. Emergency contraception may not prevent an eptopic pregnancy. This is when the pregnancy starts to develop in the tube to one side of the uterus. If you period is late you should do a home pregnancy test, or if you having abdominal pain or strange bleeding you should see a doctor to rule out an eptopic pregnancy.
You can get a prescription from a doctor for the “morning after pill” and take it to the chemist, or go directly to the chemist without a prescription - either way it is free.
If you are between 13 and 19 you can obtain emergency contraception directly from the chemist free of charge, Please ask for a private word with the Pharmacist.
If you are ringing for an appointment please tell the receptionist that you need an urgent appointment that day for a personal matter. Please ring from 8.00 to 18.30 Monday to Friday. The local chemist in Bellingham is open until 17.30 and Saturday Morning 9 till 12.30. If you need emergency contraception over the weekend please call NHS 111.
Other things to think about
Do you need some future contraception ie the pill, implant , condoms Come and talk to us at the surgery or if you want information why not use our young persons consultation facility.
Are you worried about sexual infections, if you are then please make an appointment at the surgery or through Northumberland Sexual Health Services by ringing 01670 515151
Liz Brown is our Health Visitor: she is a qualified nurse with special training and experience in child health, health promotion and counselling. She, like the District Nurses, is employed by Northumberland Care Trust and is also an integral part of the practice and with other agencies like Social Services. Her aim is to help you and your family lead as healthy a life as possible. She is assisted by Sara Welstead, our Nursery Nurse, who runs the baby club and co-ordinates health promotion in the practice.
They would be happy to give guidance on all aspects of health living in all ages, advice and support in the ane-natal stage, developmental checks for the under 5's, professional advice and support with parenting, counselling and support with personal and family problems and on-going help for families with young children.
The well baby clinic is held on 1st and 3rd Tuesday in the month between 10.00am and 12.00noon at North Tynies Children Centre, Bellingham Middle School. Any baby weighing required will be done in the community room at the baby club by Sara(Nursery Nurse)from 10am to 12.00 noon . This is an open clinic so an appointment is not necessary.
Liz also sees patients who would like to stop smoking
Her direct telephone number is 01434 220651
Lisa Gillie our Practice Nurse reviews our Asthma patients. We do not have a designated clinic, Lisa is happy to see patients during normal clinic time, however we routinely invite patients in for review.
Graine Rapier our Nurse Practitioner has a special interest in COPD. We do not have a designated clinic, Graine is happy to see patients during normal clinic time, however we routinely invite patients in for review.
Lisa Gillie, our practice nurse runs regular diabetic clinics - patients requiring monitoring will be reviewed regularly either in the practice or on the telephone. Patients with diabetes are encouraged to review their blood results via online access. Please contact the surgery to activate if you are not already taking advantage of this service.
Diabetics are also offered podiatry, dietician and eye screening at the Practice which we try to synchronise with diabetic review appointments.
We hold antenatal clinics run by midwives, Katherine Hales and Denise Bottomley on Thursday mornings. However, they also provide flexible antenatal and postnatal care for those who find the times of routine clinics difficult or inconvenient to attend. They are able to offer extra support and appointments at their base in Hexham or through home visits. At other times a message can be left for them by calling 01434 655350/2
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