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.
SEASONAL FLU VACCINATION UPDATE
We were expecting to receive our first delivery of the seasonal flu vaccine the week commencing 20th September 2021. Unfortunately, we have been notified that our delivery has been delayed by 7-14 days. This is beyond our control.
As soon as we receive our new delivery date, we will contact our patients and will notify dates of clinics on our Facebook page and Website.
We hope to be able to arrange clinics early October 2021 for our registered patients.
COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER DOSES
Once we receive clarification regarding COVID-19 vaccine booster/3rd doses, we will be in touch with our registered patients who will be eligible for this.
Shortage of Blood Bottles
Due to the National shortage of blood bottles, NHS England have advised GP surgeries to stop all routine blood tests. This means that if you are due a routine blood test as part of your chronic disease review we will be unable to do these until after the 27th September.
We are conscious that some patients registered at Willington Medical Group may be affected by current events in Afghanistan. Willington Medical Group is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specializes in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.
We are continuing to treat and manage patients remotely where possible. If you have been advised to attend the practice for any reason, it is recommended that you wear a face covering e.g. face mask or scarf.
For information on the wearing of face masks please visit the website below.
For advice on how to obtain an exemption from face covering card for Arriva buses please visit the website below,
Dear patients of Weardale, North House and Willington surgeries,
It is with great pride and amazement that Wear Valley PCN can announce we will be giving our 20,000th Covid vaccination on 15th May 2021!
This is a fantastic achievement!
Firstly I'd like to give a big heartfelt and humbling thank you to our volunteers-vaccinators-marshalls and even those just helping people outside - that have kep the clinic a well-oiled machine, we could not have reached this milestone without you all.
Second, a huge thank you to the stalwart team of practice staff from North House, Willington and Weardale surgeries who have been unerring in making this happen with military precision. It can't be overstated how much work is done behind the scenes to get this clinic running each week so thank you again to everyone behind the scenes supporting this colossal achievement. Well done everyone!
Finally, Wear Valley PCN would like to thank all the thousands of patients and their relatives that continue to endure the wind, rain and snow to support the vaccination programme and get their jabs. With the challenges on where and when we can deliver the vaccine, your understanding and support to the clinic has been a welcome panacea in these troubling times. It has been wonderful to see so many of you again coming through the clinic and heart-warming to hear your appreciation first hand.
Thank you so much!
Since January 2021 we have been coordinating, calling, marshalling and vaccinating thousands of patients, but it's mind boggling to think we have vaccinated so many of you in just a few short months.
For those still waiting for your call, we are working through our lists and hope to be inviting you soon!
Dr Daniel Wilmer
Wear Valley PCN
** FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL REMAIN AT THE PRACTICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE **
Although national restrictions on face masks and social distancing are being relaxed on 19th July, we are still requesting all patients to wear a face mask and socially distance when they attend the practice. This will remain in place until further notice.
Due to the nature of our work we often have vulnerable patients on site and have a duty to protect them as well as our staff.
Staff will also continue to wear face masks and other PPE for their own protection.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Chronic Disease Annual Review Appointments
With the easing of restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic we are now returning to annual reviews of our patients with long term conditions.
We are moving to a system of a single appointment during your birthday month rather than attending the surgery multiple times for different conditions over the year.
If you birthday is in April or May and you have a long term condition including asthma, COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease then please contact reception who will arrange the appropriate appointment for you.
COVID-19 Positive Tests
𝐔𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 – 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝟎𝟑/𝟎𝟓/𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏
Please be aware the Practice is changing its process for urine samples (starting 04/05/2021). The changes will require:
- Patients to have an appointment with a clinician before handing in samples. The only exception to this is children (16 and under).
- If you suspect you have a urine infection, please phone the practice, and arrange a telephone appointment with a clinician. Following this, you will be advised if a urine sample is required to be handed in.
- Please ensure the sample form is completed fully before handing a sample into the practice.
- We hope this will streamline our processes and most importantly provide the best possible service to all our patients.
The surgery will be closed on the afternoon of Thursday 24th June for staff training. It will re-open at 8am on Friday 25th June.
COVID Vaccination Update
Willington Medical Group is currently providing COVID vaccination as part of the Wear Valley PCN vaccination programme.
Please do not contact the practice to arrange vaccination, we have priority lists to call patients and arrange appointments. You can see the priority of patient groups here (Priority Groups for Covid vaccination). We are limited on the numbers of vaccinations we can do based on the number of vaccines we are supplied each week.
If you are a paid frontline healthcare professional and social workers please email the practice and we can forward you relevant information to arrange this if not already provided information by your employer.
Due to the stability of the Pfizer vaccine all patients will be invited to attend at North House Surgery for this vaccination.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is being used to support care homes, care home staff, housebound and healthcare professionals initially. Some small clinics may run at practice level and you may be invited to attend here as we work through the cohorts, however larger clinics using AstraZeneca will also continue to be run at North House Surgery.
Most routine GP services have been postponed in order to roll out this vaccination programme safely and quickly. We are still open to deal with urgent medical concerns.
As a result there will be less clinical appointments available so we do ask for your patience and understanding as we work to protect as many patients as quickly as possible.
Alternative ways of getting support from the practice include:
- Considering setting up online access to your records which also allows you to request medication remotely.
- Using our e-consult service for general medical queries.
- This allows you to attach photos, request sick notes etc.
- Utilising pharmacies for advice and support for minor ailments
- Utilising opticians for advice and support for minor eye ailments.
Do be warned, there are reports of multiple fraudulent calls and messages that could encourage you to share your bank details or personal information with the offer of a COVID vaccination. We will never ask for bank details and already have the relevant personal details required to arrange vaccination.
Finally, some patients have been sent letters offering vaccination at regional vaccination centres. These centres may involve significant travel for 1st and 2nd doses of the vaccine as well as, at present, longer waiting times outside. Do consider this if considering booking for a regional centre. You are on our list and we will get to you ASAP.
Dr Daniel Wilmer
GP and Clinical Director for Wear Valley PCN.
If you have a Facebook account, we now have a new Facebook page for the practice!
Please click the link below for more information
Willington Medical Group
The NHS is well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases and has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. Check online using the link below for advice on your travel and contact history and the latest COVID-19 information before attending the practice.
Booking of appointments online is currently suspended to to COVID-19 concerns. Please telephone the practice if you wish to make an appointment. Thank you.
From 01/04/2020 ABL Health will be delivering the Stop Smoking Service across County Durham. Our person-centred service focuses on delivering flexible specialist stop smoking support to those who live or work in County Durham.
Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak our smoke-free County Durham Service is still open.
Our Practitioners are here to offer you support with quitting smoking so please contact us on 0800 772 0565 or 0191 369 2016
Spotting Cancer Early Saves Lives
Smear Tests Save Lives
Recognising Head and Neck Cancer
COVID-19 - Keep Safe
COVID-19 - Transport Face Coverings
Kooth Mental Health Support for Children and Young People
Kooth helps to support children and young people by providing mental health support via online platforms and telephone support. They are open on weekdays from 12pm to 10pm and on weekends from 6pm to 10pm for ages 11 to 18.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters Provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
The Every Mind Matters Sleep Page also provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.
Ten Minute Workouts, NHS Fitness Studio and Keeping Active at Home
You can access free easy Ten Minute Workouts from Public Health England or try other exercise videos at home on the NHS Fitness Studio. Sport England also has tips for Keeping Active at Home .
NHS Health and Wellbeing Advice and Mind
Visit the NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice Website for self assessment, audio guides and practical tools, if you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood.
If you already have a mental health condition, you can also access the Comprehensive Guidance Provided by Mind.
Quit for COVID
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 patient's 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 Date 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
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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