Welcome to Willington Medical Group
Welcome along to our surgery website where we hope you will quickly benefit from a user friendly layout and a wealth of information about our healthcare services. Find out when we’re open and what to do when we’re not, all from the comfort of your own home.
The surgery will be closed for staff training from 12 o'clock on Wednesday 18th December. It will re-open at 8.00am on Thursday 19th December.
Christmas Opening Times
The surgery will be closed on the following dates:
Wednesday 25th December 2019
Thursday 26th December 2019
Wednesday 1st January 2020
Adult flu vaccine is available for all adult patients over 65 years and those under 65 years in at risk groups. Children's flu vaccine (nasal spray) also available. Open flu clinics will be held on Thursday 5th, 12th & 19th of December from 3.00-5.30pm.
Booked appointments for other times can be made by ringing the surgery on 01388 742500 or at the front desk.
Willington Medical Group Enter and View Report
Please click on the link below to read the report from the recent enter and view carried out by Healthwatch.
Enter and View Report
Medical Evidence 2019
You Can't Pour from an Empty Cup
Looking after your own health and accessing the skills and knowledge to help yourself is the theme of this newsletter. It's packed with opportunities to attend a range of training and support opportunities.
From dealing with a child with challenging behaviour to attending a Pilates course to improve your posture and reduce back pain. This highlights the importance of protecting yourself from winter flu, getting a "Carefree Break" or attending a Christmas afternoon tea.
Whatever it is, use the information in this newsletter to refill your cup. Or if what you need isn't included, contact your Carer Support Coordinator ti help you find something that is going to help you prepare for winter and the stresses of the Christmas season. For this, call 0300 0051213.
To view the newsletter, please click here Carers Matters 2019
Young Carers Support
What is a Young Carer?
Young carers are children and young people, under the age of 18, who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem. The person they help care for might be a parent, a sibling, a grandparent or other relative, or maybe a friend.
A young carer might help out with cleaning, cooking, with administering medications, therapy, medical and other appointments, with keeping the person safe or watching out to make sure that they’re feeling okay.
What is the Charter?
The Charter aims to ensure Young Carers are identified and supported at the earliest opportunity and that there is no “wrong door” for a child or young person with a caring responsibility. The Charter engages the local community to expand support and services for Young Carers across County Durham.
Those gaining Charter status showcase their commitment to supporting young carers in their community and working together to build on this commitment and provide additional help, support and signposting for young carers and their families - building a stronger neighbourhood for young carers.
Those wishing to gain Charter status are required to:
- Undertake a self-assessment within their school, organisation or group
- Introduce a policy for young carers within their school, organisation or group
- Provide evidence against specific pledges of support that were developed with young carers.
The Charter process enables schools, organisations and community groups to learn and adopt key principles to help identify more young carers earlier. It fosters a culture of change, shared understanding and duty towards supporting young carers. In this way the Charter becomes self-sustaining and reaches beyond our direct service delivery.
For more information please get in touch with The Bridge Young Carers Service by calling 01913832520 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the website by clicking HERE.
Find support for Veterans in your local area via - https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/local-support/
Connect Veterans and their families with a range of local support organisations - both within and outside the Armed Forces sector. The services have been grouped into categories such as Education and Training, Employment, Finances etc.
Navigate through the categories to find the support you need, or use the search function by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the map toolbar;
- On the map home screen, the search function searches all organisations in the directory.
- When you have a category open, the search function searches all data within that category.
Walk Durham 2019
Patients Urged: 'Talk Before you Walk' When your GP Practice is Closed
Patients across Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield have been reminded to ‘Talk Before You Walk’ when in need of care when their GP practice is closed.
By phoning NHS 111, patients who need to be seen urgently on the same day will be offered an appointment with a healthcare professional either at their own GP surgery or at another surgery nearby called a Primary Care Service or a hub.
Primary Care Services are available across the area.
2 Week Wait Cancer Appointments
Have you been referred by your GP for a cancer 2 week wait appointment?
CDDFT and the North East Cancer Alliance have produced a patient information video for the 2WW pathway.
The video is available below:
Willington Happy Feet
Are you interested in Joining a 20 minutes' walk every week?
Starting Wednesday 18th September at 9:15AM in the Surgery rear car park.
Please wear suitable footwear for walking.
Everyone is welcome - including those with buggies/prams/pushchairs/wheelchairs - the walk is on flat even surfaces with qualified leaders to support you.
If you are interested, please pick up a registration form at Reception. This will need to be returned before the start of the walking group.
What to do if you are unwell
Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Willington Patient Participation Group is looking for new members.
The PPG is a group of volunteer patients who are involved in making sure the practice provides the services the patients need. PPGs are a valuable source of information about patients’ views and experiences.
We meet on a quarterly basis at the Practice.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Patient Participation Group please contact one of the members below:
David Craggs 01388 763709
Graham Sewell 07732 625286
Kathleen Kyle 01388 746349
Or complete the form on the PPG page of our website.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
For more information, please check our GDPR page or click HERE.
Are you a dog lover who has lost your pet?
Would you like to be visited on a regular basis by one of the WAG dogs?
Please see attached leaflet for more details. Wag & Company Visiting Leaflet
Part of the embarrassment at telling people about mental health issues is the fear that they will view you differently. You worry that admitting that you have struggled somehow marks you out from other men. You’re scared that they’ll see you as weak and pity you. You do not want to be pitied. But maybe that’s stupid. Maybe your worries are unfounded. Who struggled at some point or other? What if sometimes struggling is not a thing that marks you out as different from other people but something that unites you with them? Maybe it’s the very thing we all have in common. ManHealth provide support to men through peer support. We support men experiencing mental health issues through our peer support groups which are all ran by male facilitators who have a lived experience. Please visit our website www.manhealth.org.uk to find out more information and to search for a group near to you.
What is MY NHS?
The NHS belongs to us all. If you’re interested in your local NHS and would like to get involved in the work done to develop and improve local health services then join MY NHS.
By joining MY NHS you will:
Receive invitations to events
Have opportunities to give your views about areas of healthcare that interest you
Be able to participate as much or as little as you like
For ways to join MY NHS please click the link below