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
In response to the coronavirus situation we have now moved to a total triage system – this is to minimise the spread of the virus to vulnerable patients and staff.
GP surgeries do not have the facilities to diagnose or treat this infection so please stay at home (self isolate) for 7 days if you have :
- A new continuous cough
High temperature (37.8 degrees C or higher)
- Contact with someone known to have Coronavirus
Most fit and healthy people will recover from the virus reasonably quickly and without medical intervention. However, if during that isolation period you become very unwell please contact NHS111 who will arrange for you to be treated either in hospital at home.
We have removed face to face appointments from our online booking system and will be offering telephone appointments to all patients who want to see or speak to a GP in order to minimise the number of people circulating in our building.
All requests for appointments will now be triaged by telephone and we are in the process of contacting patients who already have a GP appointment booked to change this to a telephone appointment, wherever possible.
For patients who do need to be seen, GP appointments, based on clinical need, will be available each afternoon.
All routine appointments with Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants are being reviewed. Patients who do need to have urgent tests will be given a morning appointment.
The front door is now locked to prevent unauthorised access to the building – we are trying to avoid inadvertent contact with someone who may have Coronavirus which would lead to practice closure for deep cleaning.
Patients who have been triaged and given an appointment should ring the bell for admission.
Patients who have a high risk of infection will be advised to wait in their car for staff to call them into the surgery building.
All other patients should contact the surgery by telephone (01434 220203)
Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
24 Hour All Age Mental Health Crisis Response - is available to all in need of an Urgent Response on 03031 231146.
Or, for further information on advice and support available for mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak use this link Suicide Prevention Network
Please use this link to find out about the support available to those in isolation within the local parishes Local Support for the Elderly and Vulnerable
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 06/05/2020)