LOCAL COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME
WEST NORTHUMBERLAND PRIMARY CARE NETWORK
COVID – 19 VACCINATION UPDATE : 1st March 2021
I am sure our patients will be pleased to hear that we have had a very small COVID vaccination clinic at Bellingham as a test. It is unclear when we will be up and running with regular clinics, but we are hopefully it won't be too long. Clinics will still be taking place at Hexham and Newcastle and would ask that patients who are able to travel do so. This will mean that we will be vaccinating as many patients as possible. We can only offer vaccinations when the vaccine is available and we often find out at very short notice when the clinics will be.
All practices within our Primary Care Network using the Hexham Primary Care centre are working to the same NHS England guidelines.
The two priority groups currently being invited to have a vaccine are group five, those aged over 65, and group six, those aged between 16 and 64 with long term health conditions.
Patients in group 5 (65-69 year olds) have been offered an alternative venue by NHS England to get their vaccination, this is generally the Centre for Life. We would recommend you book your appointment at an alternative venue if you are able to as you will get your vaccination sooner than we will be able to offer at Hexham (This is the reason you may have become aware of patients younger than yourselves being vaccinated at Hexham).
If you are in priority group 5 and are happy to wait until you can have your vaccination at Hexham or Bellingham (once we are up and running), please don’t call us to let us know. We are informed if you have your vaccine elsewhere. Those patients who don’t manage to book their appointment elsewhere will be contacted to book their appointment at Hexham or Bellingham (once we are up and running), once there is vaccine available.
The next phase of the vaccine programme is to vaccinate priority groups five to nine, which is everybody over 50 years of age. This phase will also include delivering second doses of the vaccine to the most vulnerable groups who were vaccinated during December and January. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE PRACTICE ABOUT THIS, WE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU ONCE WE HAVE MORE INFROMATION.
Because we often get vaccine at short notice, it is very helpful if we have a mobile telephone number for you. We will send you a link so you can book your own appointment at Hexham. We will contact you on your landline if we don’t have your mobile phone details.
We appreciate that this is a worrying time for everyone, we are all working very hard not only to make sure that patients are vaccinated as soon as possible but also caring for patients other medical needs. The practice has not set the criteria for the vaccination programme, we are responding as quickly as we can (often at very short notice) to instructions from NHS England
If your question has been answered here please do not contact the surgery, our staff do not have any additional information to share with you.
Don’t call us, we will call you to book your COVID vaccination when we are able to do so.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PATIENTS WHO HAVE A KIND WORD FOR STAFF WHO ARE UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE AT THE MOMENT WITH THE DAY TO DAY RUNNING OF THE PRACTICE, BOOKING COVID VACCINATIONS AND WORKING AS VACCINATORS, ADMINISTRATORS AND MARSHALLS AT THE HEXHAM VACCINATION CLINICS.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for a vaccinator/administrator or steward role please email the Primary Care Network (see separate page): firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on volunteering please use this link
COVID vaccination programme explained
Link to priority COVID groups
CoVax your questions answered
Additional COVID vaccination centres
Welcome to the Bellingham Surgery Website
We are one of the most rural practices in England covering 800 square miles from the Scottish borders north of Byrness and Kielder to Kirkwhelpington and Barrasford to the south. We have over 3300 patients, many living in remote farming locations across the practice.
The surgery in Bellingham was purpose-built in 1984, we then had extension to this that was completed at the end of 2010.
Through our website you can order your repeat prescriptions online, cancel existing appointments, send us feedback through the patient survey, keep your health record up to date and keep up to date with any latest news from the practice. Please let us know what you think by sending comments through our contact page. If you have any suggestions about how the website can be improved or any information you would like to have available then please let us know.
Our practice brochure is available electronically, all the information in the brochure is also available on this website, but you may want to print the brochure off to refer to later, clicking on the link will give you access to our brochure - The Practice Brochure 2020
GP surgeries do not have the facilities to diagnose or treat this infection so please stay at home (self isolate) for 10 days if you have symptoms.
In response to the pandemic we have changed the way we work to keep us all safe - please use this link for an explanation of How to contact your GP
For full details please refer to our dedicated COVID-19 page on this website
New evening and weekend GP service based at Corbridge Health Service
Patients who need to see a GP in the evening or weekend can pre-book appointments directly with us at the Corbridge Health Centre - New evening and weekend GP service
Telephone number - cancellations and directions only 01434 636950
New Sunday GP service at the Cramlington HUB
Appointments can be booked through us during surgery hours, or by calling 01670 337737 between 12 - 4pm on the previous Saturdays and 9am - 12.30pm on Sunday.
All patients at the practice have a nominated GP, we have written to you about this. If you prefer to see a different doctor we are quite happy for you to request this when you make an appointment. If you are not sure who your nominated GP is please ask at reception when you are next in the practice.
National Survey results
The results of the National GP Patient Survey are now availble. If you would like to see the report then please go to the website.
Patient Information - symptom checker
So that you can better understand any condition you may have then why not have a look at some patient information that is available via the internet.
(Site updated 01/03/2021)