Carers Northumberland have taken the decision to cancel all our support groups and events until further notice. This includes our regular monthly peer support groups and the Money Matters information sessions which are scheduled throughout March and early April. We are also unable to offer any one-to-one appointments or meetings either at our Ashington office or in the community until further notice. Our Information Line 01670 320025 will be open as normal Monday - Friday for carers who need information, advice and support and you can also contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Although we have not had any known cases of the COVID-19 reported in the local area, we have taken this precaution to help protect the many vulnerable people and their carers that we may come into contact with. The safety of all our service users, their families and friends and our staff and volunteer team are paramount, and this is why we have taken this decision. We will continue to update our access information as often as possible as the situation is continually changing.
We are currently working with Cancer research looking at how as a practice we can support the important screening programmes for our patient groups, these include: breast screening, cervical screening and bowel screening. Eligible patients in our area are currently being invited for breast screening. If you are offered any of this screening we would encourage our patients to take up this up.
Out of hours Information about what to do and who to call when the practice is closed
Appointments We offer different appointment lengths, extened hours and you can book online
Prescriptions You can order online and collect your prescription or request a delivery through your pharmacy.
New patients You can download all the forms you need to register yourself and your family.
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A letter to all of our patients
Dear Patient / Stakeholder
Cheviot Medical Group and Glendale Surgery have applied to NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England to merge into a single practice. Our aim is to create a long-term partnership to provide safe and effective care to our patients, families, carers and communities.
As you are aware, our practices already work closely in the same building at Cheviot Primary Care Centre to deliver primary care services, having moved in together over 15 years ago.
Since the summer of 2021, Cheviot Medical Group has had a GP on long term sick leave and Glendale surgery has been providing active support. There was already a lot of cross-practice work going on but this has increased further still to ensure patients remain cared for. The proposed merger will formalise this relationship and embed the cooperative approach that has been developing over the years but accelerated over the past year.
We believe the merger is in the best interests of all our patients and that together we will be in a stronger position to care for our patients and meet the needs of the communities we serve.
Our application will be reviewed by the CCG and NHS England in early April 2022 and we expect a decision to be made by the end of June 2022.
We are writing to you today to inform you of our plans to merge and to ask you if you would like to share your thoughts or ask questions on our proposed merger.
We are now entering a period of engagement, designed to give every patient and local person the opportunity to share their views. We value your feedback and encourage you to please tell us your views.
To make sure we hear from as many local people as possible, you can share your views in a number of ways:
We will post regular updates on our website, provide information posters in our surgeries and consult our patient participation groups.
Once the engagement has ended, we will look at your feedback and consider our options going forward. We will let you know the results of all this, and what happens next, in the summer.
Please find attached a copy of the FAQ document in response to the questions we have already been asked. We will continue to keep this FAQ document updated on our website and in our practices.
Please note we are also, at the same time, proposing to form an administrative union with two other local practices to form a partnership called Lindisfarne Health. There is a separate letter providing more details about this aspect. Since the administrative changes involved with Lindisfarne Health will not affect patients, we are not seeking feedback on this, only on the proposed merging of the two Wooler practices.
If you wish to discuss anything outlined in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact your practice on the main practice number. We hope you take this opportunity to share your views and we look forward to hearing from you.