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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.


Count Down to Pregnancy

Allow Yourselves Time 

covered_pregnant_bellyAllow 3-6 months to prepare yourselves.  If you have been pregnant before,  allow 9-12 months after the birth of the last baby before trying for another.  Make a note of the dates of your periods so that it will be easier to work out the date your baby will be due.

See Your Doctor about Drugs and Disorders 

Most drugs that the mother takes will get through to the developing baby’s circulation  so it is wise not to take any drugs in pregnancy, unless this is essential.  Paracetamol seems to be quite suitable.  Some conditions such as epilepsy will require treatment but many conditions can be managed without drugs.  It is important to mention to the pharmacist or doctor that you are planning/or may be pregnant when you seek their advice.
Check with your mother and your partner’s mother about any family diseases which may pass from one generation to another.  Also ask them about babies born into the family with anything wrong with them, or still births.  Seek advice from your GP or midwife.

Protect Your Baby from Infections 

Have your blood tested to see if you are immune to rubella (German measles).  If not, get vaccinated and be sure to avoid conceiving in the following three months.  Even if you think you are immune steer clear of anyone who may have rubella as immunity can and often does wear off.
Remember that cats and dogs carry infection which can be transmitted to the developing baby.  It is advisable to keep cats down from working surfaces in the kitchen and carefully wash your hands after handling animals.  Toxoplasmosis  is an infection that can be passed on in this way and can be found in cat faeces, and in raw meat.  It is advisable therefore not to eat raw or undercooked meat during pregnancy and to wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat.  Clean vegetables and salads carefully as they may carry the infection if fouled by cats.
In farming areas it is worth remembering that sheep infected with chlamydiosis  can infect humans and this can lead to miscarriage and serious illness.  Infection usually occurs when a pregnant woman is assisting in lambing and this should be avoided. 

Check for Anaemia 

At the same time have a full blood count done to check for anaemia and a test called CETPIA for venereal disease.
For couples of Afro-Caribbean or Mediterranean origin a test for sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia may also be done. 

Check Contraception 

Come off the pill and use a barrier method such as sheaths or the cap for a few months. 

Eat Good Food 

Take extra Folic Acid as a supplement or by eating spinach and broccoli.
Eat a wide ranging healthy diet.  If you eat a limited range of food ask to see our dietician.
Avoid ox and calf liver as they contain excessive vitamin A.
Avoid cook chill foods and unpasteurized foods, e.g. some cheeses, pate and some ready cooked meals.
Mothers should be aware of eating large amounts of peanuts during pregnancy is inadvisable.  Babies can be sensitised to the allergy in utero.  

Stop Smoking 

Smoking can damage a man’s sperm.  It is also harmful to women before pregnancy and can damage a baby during pregnancy. 
Support is available at  the surgery to help you to stop smoking. 

Cut Down on Alcohol 

Current advice is to avoid alcohol during pregnancy. 

Have Enough Exercise and Rest 

Even walking and especially swimming will tone up your body.

Check on Dangers at Work 

If you work with chemicals or VDU’s discuss your environment with your Health & Safety representative.  (VDU’s are considered safe for limited periods now). 

Health Checks
Be up to date with your smear checks.

Have a dental check. 

Relevant Blood Tests 

The midwife or practice nurse can do the relevant blood tests by appointment. 
Good luck and enjoy this time.  (It’s lovely to be able to forget about contraception for a while).
If you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year, but without success, please come and see the doctor for advice.

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