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Welcome to Denmark Street Surgery

Our patient liaison team are trained care navigators who will help you in accessing our services and answering any queries you may have.

All patients are allocated a named GP who is responsible for your overall care. Please contact the practice if you wish to know who this is. We will make every effort possible to allow a preference in your named GP, but this is not always possible due to GP workload.

Continuity of Care
We know that patients value continuity of care and we would encourage patients to see the same doctor if possible.

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  • Please note the surgery will be closed on Wednesday 11th May 2022 from 12pm for staff training. We will re-open at 7.30am on Thursday 12th May 2022 .

 

If you need medical advice on the afternoon of the WEdnesday 11th May 2022, please call 01325 952278 and press option 9. 

 

After 6pm please call 111.

Veteran Information

We want to hear people’s views about mental and physical health services for veterans in England April 2022


NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched a survey to find out people’s views and experiences of veterans mental and physical health services. The information gathered will be used to help inform the development and provision of these services in the future. As part of this exercise, we would particularly like to hear people’s views and experiences of Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, as well as the Veterans Trauma Network (VTN), which is for Service-related physical health conditions.


Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is the collective name for the:
• Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS).
• Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).
• Veterans Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS).


Current contracts for the three services within Op COURAGE will end in March 2023, and so the NHS needs to make arrangements for new service contracts from April 2023. As with the current service model, it is proposed that Op COURAGE will continue to be delivered in partnership with a range of organisations from across the NHS, Armed Forces charities and wider charitable sector.


To inform plans for the new service contracts, we want to hear your views on how we can enhance the current provision, such as improving support for substance misuse and gambling addictions, as well as how we can address any issues that veterans may have experienced in accessing treatment.


The VTN provides specialist care and support for veterans who have physical health problems due to their Service in the UK Armed Forces. As the need for the VTN becomes greater, the NHS is looking at future arrangements on how it can improve care and treatment for these veterans.


You can share your views and experiences by completing a survey, which anyone can complete, however, we are particularly keen to hear from:
• people who have served in the UK Armed Forces (reservist or regular) and have used or are currently using NHS veterans’ services in England
• veterans with a mental and/or physical health condition who have not sought or received healthcare, treatment or support
• Service leavers
• family members and carers of the above
• staff and organisations that are providing healthcare, treatment or support for veterans and their families.


Visit here to complete the survey, which closes on 22 May 2022. For further information, please email england.armedforceshealth@nhs.net 

Hullabaloo

Theatre Hullabaloo, a nationally recognised Darlington-based charity specialising in creativity in early childhood, has been funded to deliver a new social prescribing programme, Play on Prescription.

 The five-week programme which starts on Friday the 29th of April and runs for 5 weeks and is designed to boost low mood and parental confidence amongst parents / carers with children under the age of 30 months.

You will also receive a free Hullabaloo Baby Play Packs aimed at babies 12 months and under has been created by Theatre Hullabaloo with support from Tees Valley Combined Authority and Local Authorities.

We have really missed meeting the new babies who would usually be visiting us to play at The Hullabaloo and we hope that these Hullabaloo Baby Play Packs will allow parents and carers of new babies to enjoy some creative play time together.

The Hullabaloo Baby Play Packs include a mixture of creative toys and props and a Playbook packed with ideas for how to play creatively with your baby.

 

For more information, please click on the link

 

If you are interested, please contact the surgery on 01325 405 680 for a friendly chat about the programme or email denmark.street@nhs.net to book your place.

Volunteers needed to help medical students


Newcastle Medical School are looking for volunteers to create a version of their
own health record on Patients Know Best (PKB) to share and interact with
medical students.


PKB is used with education institutions right across the UK to allow future
healthcare professionals to learn the tools of digital healthcare.
Students will be able to see information that you input to your record - for
example a diagnosis or record of your symptoms - and can interact with you via
messages as well as with questionnaires and care plans which provide an
action plan for managing your condition.


This will allow students to practice consultation skills remotely and get a
longitudinal view of your health and wellbeing, even if they are unable to see
you face-to-face.


Previous patient volunteers have mentioned that they enjoyed communicating
with students through the platform over longer periods of time – outside of
usual interactions with students in GP surgeries or Hospitals. Volunteers have
noted that students ask innovative and thought-provoking questions when
communicating online.


What is Patients Know Best (PKB)?


PKB is a digital NHS-approved platform that allows service users and health
care professionals to access their health and care records anywhere, anytime.
It provides a patient-controlled record which means patients can see who has
access to their information, and they can choose who they wish to share this
with.


PKB is not yet widely used by health care teams in North-East England but is
commonly used in other parts of the country. In these areas, patients can
communicate directly with their health and care teams, access a library of
tailored resources and see test results with advice and explanations about what
they mean.


The Education version of the platform is separate to the main PKB platform so
your data will not be shared outside of the Medical School.


Next steps
If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at
sme.teaching@newcastle.ac.uk  for more information.

World Immunisation Week (24-30 April)

As it is World Immunisation Week (24-30 April), NHS England is reminding people how important it is to keep up to date with routine vaccinations at all life stages.

The annual event, which is championed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against preventable diseases – many of which are available through the NHS in England. It is important to know that vaccinations are rigorously tested to the highest safety standards.  

Ranging from pre-school vaccinations like MMR, to flu and shingles which are available to older age groups, all stages of the NHS vaccination schedule are vital for protecting the wider population’s health. This in turn, decreases pressure on the NHS and reduces hospital admissions.

If people didn’t manage to book their own or their child’s vaccine appointments when invited during the pandemic, they are urged to make an appointment with the GP practice they are registered at as soon as possible.

For more information on the NHS vaccination schedule, please visit.

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Download the new NHS app, the new simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

If you are a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS app to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.  Go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp for more information.

 For instructions please click on the link below:

NHS App Registration Instructions.pdf

Achievement Of The Carer Friendly Employer Award

 

On 12th October 2021, the practice was presented with the Carer Friendly Employer Award.

Working towards the Carer Friendly Award was very rewarding. We continuously review what we have in place to support our team and Darlington Carers Support guided us to additional resources and policies that we have implemented to support our team members who also have a carers role. We carried out a self-assessment, implemented a 'Carers In The Workplace' policy, identified a number of employees who are unpaid carers, established carers passports for these employees and also took advantage of the Employers For Carers Digital platform. Implementing this additional support for those employees in a caring role was a simple and easy process and has gone a long way in reassuring our team that support is available and offered whenever this is needed. Being presented with the Carer Friendly Employer Award is a great achievement for the practice and I would encourage all local organisations to engage with this.