Autism Fundraiser – Onesie Wednesday

The Ark in Crawcrook is having a charity coffee morning in aid of Autism Support Service to raise funds for sensory equipment for children who have autism. 

Entry fee is £1.50 per family who come dressed in onesies with a free coffee and biscuit. Cakes and pastries will be on sale and a large cake donated by Cakes By Becky will be raffled.

Wednesday April 2nd 2014
1pm – 3pm

Ark @ Crawcrook is located on the Main Road (B6317) of Crawcrook, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE40 3UG -( Use NE40 3BT for Google Maps and Satnav’s).


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Red Kite Health Walks 2014

Friends of Red Kites are continuing the FREE health walks every Monday, 1.30pm start until 3pm (approx 3 miles). Why walk with Red Kites? Being physically active is very important. Just 30 minutes of moderate activity a day, such as a brisk walk, can bring a whole range of health benefits. A recent health study has proven that Red  Kites make you feel better!

New walkers meet at 1.20pm to register

**Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes**

Sands Road car park, (B&Q), Swallwell
Mondays: January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Stirling Lane car park, Rowlands Gill
Mondays: February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Winlaton Mill car park, Derwenthaugh Park and Derwent Walk
Mondays: March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Winlaton Mill car park, Derwenthaugh park and Lockhaugh
Mondays: April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th.

For further information visit or phone 07790 085659

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It’s going to be a busy winter…help us help you.

Be prepared.

Make sure you don’t run out of prescribed medication – order on time leaving two working days to be signed.

Remember colds, flu and most sore throats do not need antibiotics.

Speak to a pharmacist before making an appointment with a doctor.

For initial advice about your symptoms, visit

winter pressures posters UK

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Self care – guidance for patients

Many of us will have a cold, sore throat or other minor illness at some point during the winter and some of us will have flu. The most common winter illnesses will usually get better without the need to see a doctor.

Here are some tips to help you keep well and self care through the winter months:

1. Treat yourself at home

Colds, flu and most sore throats do not need antibiotics and you can treat your symptoms at home.   Make sure you get lots of rest, drink plenty of water and take pain relievers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, if you need them.


2. Order repeat prescriptions and book your flu jab in good time

If you take regular medication make sure you order your repeat prescriptions from your GP surgery in good time. And if you’re eligible for a flu jab – it is available free from your GP if you are over 65, pregnant or have a long-term condition such as heart failure, diabetes or respiratory disease – make an appointment at your surgery. Children aged two and three can have the vaccine as a nasal spray.


3. Speak to your pharmacist

Your local pharmacy can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines to help you manage the symptoms.  If your problem is more serious or you need medical advice, your pharmacist will advise you to contact your GP.

You can also ask your pharmacist what over the counter remedies to keep in your medicine cabinet at home to help get you and your family through the winter months.


4. Check online for information and advice

There is lots of information on the NHS websites about how to keep well, check your symptoms or use self-care to stay healthy and treat common winter illnesses such as colds, sore throats and flu.

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Don’t Drink or Drug and Drive this Christmas


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New local rate telephone line

From Monday 16th September the 0844 number will no longer be in service. Instead we will have a new local rate number

0191 413 5473

This number will  offer a queuing system over 4 lines which means the first 4 people to ring in to the surgery will go into a queue and anyone after this will get an engaged tone. Callers to 0191 4134089 will be connected to the new system.


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A change to our opening times

Our opening hours are changing to the following:

Monday: 8am – 6pm
Tuesday: 7.30am – 6.30pm
Wednesday: 8am – 6.30pm
Thursday: 8am – 6pm
Friday: 7.30am – 6pm

The telephone lines open every day 8am—12.30pm and 1.30pm—6pm.           

The surgery is closed for training two lunch times a week, Tuesday and Thursday between 12.30pm—1.30pm.                               

Scheduled afternoon closures this year are:
Tuesday 10th September,
Wednesday 9th October
Wednesday 13th November

On these days the surgery premises will close from 12.30pm and reopen the next day.

To avoid any frustration, please make a note of these.

Please also note that it may take some time for the NHS trust who administrates this website to change the details on the right hand side of this page


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Flu Jab Open Day

This years open access flu day will be held on Saturday 5th October from 9.00am—4pm.  Please make sure you report to reception when you come in.


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New lunchtime closures!

From Tuesday June 18th 2013 the surgery will be closing for one hour for staff training on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the times of 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Access to the premises to pick up prescriptions etc will not be possible during these times. The surgery will remain open during lunch times on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays

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Donate to Age Concern Gateshead Travelling Companions Service

Ongoing project with continuous need

Volunteers transport frail & very isolated older people to visit loved ones in a hospice/hospital/nursing home or to keep their own hospital appointment. It’s not just a transport project – our volunteers also support our clients who may be distressed at visiting their terminally ill loved one.

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