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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.

Coronavirus update

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.

https://youtu.be/zpWvCzbhGt4

For information on the wearing of face masks please visit the website below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#exemptions-to-wearing-a-face-covering-where-they-are-mandated

For advice on how to obtain an exemption from face covering card for Arriva buses please visit the website below,

https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/travel-help-and-accessibility/how-to-obtain-assistance-cards/

 

COVID Vaccination Update 25/02/2021

Willington Medical Group is currently providing COVID vaccination with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines as part of the Wear Valley PCN vaccination programme. To date our PCN has done well over 5000 vaccinations since January.

We are continuing to work through priority lists of patients. Currently are contacting all patients in cohort 6. This will usually be a phone call, but we are working on arranging text messaging and online booking in the near future.


Patients in cohort 5 have been sent letters from NHS England with instructions on how to book appointments at NHS mass vaccination centres, the nearest is Durham Arnison Centre. Only those with letter invites can apply to attend there.


If you are in cohort 5 and would prefer to be vaccinated at the Wear Valley PCN Vaccination centre in Crook, please contact your surgery and we will arrange to fit you in the next clinic when possible.


If you are in cohort 1-4 and have not yet been called for a vaccination, please contact your surgery and we will arrange vaccination as soon as possible.


Please do not call the surgery to find out your priority group. You can fine the priority groups for patients HERE


Due to the stability of the Pfizer vaccine all patients will be invited to attend at North House Surgery in Crook for this vaccination.


The AstraZeneca vaccine is being used to support the North House PCN clinics as well as care homes, care home staff, housebound and healthcare professionals. Some small clinics may run at practice level and you may be invited to attend here as we work through the cohorts, although the majority of vaccinations will still be at North House Surgery in Crook.


Many routine GP services have been postponed in order to roll out this vaccination programme safely and quickly, including supporting staffing these clinics. As a result there will be less routine clinic appointments available so we do ask for your patience and understanding as we work to protect as many patients as quickly as possible. We are still open to deal with urgent medical concerns.


Kind regards

Dr Daniel Wilmer
GP and Clinical Director for Wear Valley PCN.

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.

 

Kind regards

Dr Daniel Wilmer

GP and Clinical Director for Wear Valley PCN.

 

Facebook Page

If you have a Facebook account, we now have a new Facebook page for the practice!

 

Please click the link below for more information

 Coronavirus

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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

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Recognising Head and Neck Cancer

Recognising Head and Neck Cancer

COVID-19 - Keep Safe

Keep Safe

COVID-19 - Transport Face Coverings

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.


Corona Virus Procedure

COVID-19 Stay Safe

Quit for COVID

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.

WAG Dogs

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

Man Health

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.

My NHS 

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 regular updates about the work of Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group

  • 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

 My_NHS_poster_DDES_CCG.pdf

 

 

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