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The practice will close at 6 p.m. on Friday 23rd December and re-open at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday 28th December 2022. We will also close at 6 p.m. on Friday 30th December and re-open at 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday 3rd January 2023

Services

In addition to general medical consultations, the practice offers a number of clinics and services.

  • You can get a large amount of regional Child Health information from Healthier Together | Home (nenc-healthiertogether.nhs.uk)

     

    Collingwood Health Visitors are now based at The Riverside Centre, Minton Lane, North Shields, NE29 6DQ, Tel. No. 0191 643 8899.

    They hold two baby clinics, one held at The Riverside Centre on a Tuesday between 1:00 and 15:00 p.m. and a second held on a Wednesday at North Shields Library between 09:30 and 11:30 a.m.

    These are drop in clinics with a health visitor always in attendance.  They offer an opportunity for general advice and support for mums and children up to the age of 5.

    Weighing and developmental assessments can be done in the clinic.

    You will be invited by post to attend for scheduled immunisations.

  • What is Diabetes?

    Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

    There are two types: type 1 and type 2. For more information on the NHS choices website explaining about diabetes  click here

    type 1 diabetes
    type 2 diabetes


    In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.9 million people. There are also thought to be around 850,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes.

    Diabetic clinic at Collingwood Health Group

    We run diabetic clinics at Collingwood Surgery and Jubilee Park Surgery to provide on going care, health education and monitoring for patients diagnosed with diabetes.

    Some patients with Diabetes will have their follow up and care at the Diabetes resource centre at North Tyneside General Hospital.

  • Any patient on repeat medications has a ‘diary date’.  This is a date on the computer that reminds us and you of when the medication you take next needs to be reviewed.  This is good practice and very important for safety and your long term health.

    We are often able to review and update medications when we are seeing you in surgery.  Sometimes if we have not seen you for a while we will put a note on your prescription asking for you to make either a telephone or face to face consultation.  Sometimes you will be invited to come for health checks and blood tests as part of preparation for a review appointment.

  • These clinics are currently unavailable. However, there is local provision of minor surgery if the lesion fits criteria for removal on the NHS. Procedures may include the removal of certain:

    • Cysts
    • Skin tags
    • Moles
    • Other minor skin lesions

    If you have any concerns about a skin lesion eg if it changes or bleeds, please book in to see a GP for assessment.

  • If you are already living with a respiratory condition such as Asthma or COPD then our Long Term Conditions team will contact you on your birth month to organise an annual review of your condition.

    ASTHMA 

    Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways.  These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs.  If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.  When you come into contact with something that irritates your lungs (known as a trigger) your airways become narrow, the muscles around them tighten and there is an increase in the production of sticky mucus (phlegm).  This makes it difficult to breathe and causes wheezing and coughing.  It may also make your chest feel tight.

    COPD 

    What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a general term which includes the conditions chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  COPD is the preferred term, but you may still hear it called chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD).

    • Chronic means persistent.
    • Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi (the airways of the lungs).
    • Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs.
    • Pulmonary means ‘affecting the lungs’.

    Chronic bronchitis or emphysema can cause obstruction (narrowing) of the airways.  

    Chronic bronchitis and emphysema commonly occur together.  The term COPD is used to describe airflow obstruction due to chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.

  • Breast Screening - Breast screening saves around 1,300 lives each year in the UK.

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and treatment is most effective when found and diagnosed early. The NHS breast screening programme aims to detect breast cancer at a very early stage. If you are aged between 50 and 70 years old and registered with a North Tyneside GP practice you will receive a routine breast screening invitation when it's your turn.

    If you are concerned about changes with your breasts, do not wait for your screening appointment and seek advice from your GP straight away.

    You can find out more about breast screening online here. To make or change your appointment once you have received a letter from the Breast Screening Service, call 0191 282 0202. You will not be able to make an appointment before you have been invited by letter.

     

    Bowel Screening - If you are experiencing unusual bowel symptoms then you can make an appointment to see a GP or Physicians Associate where you may be offered Bowel screening. Additionally, if you are 60-74 years of age you will be offered routine screening by post. More details on this scheme can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/

     

    Cervical Screening - If you would like to book your 3 or 5 year cervical screening then please contact reception on 0191 257 1779 who will book you in to one of our dedicated Nurse Smear Clinics.

    Alternatively, there are also appointments available for Smears on evenings and weekends at the North Shields Hub which can also be arranged if it's more convenient.  

  • We are committed to helping you prevent health problems and offer a wide range of health prevention services.

    We offer a full range of contraceptive services to include pills, injections, coils and implants as well as services for pregnancy. We offer consultations to discuss and manage periods and other related issues from teens to menopause.

    We also recognise the impact of the menopause on women's health including issues such as mood , bone , vascular, urogenital (includes prolapse and bladder problems )and sexual health and offer suitable management including HRT and pessary fitting to help manage symptoms. 

    We offer smears and breast examinations and are happy to discuss any concerns or questions you might have about those checks.

  • As part as our wider Primary Care Network Team, Collingwood has two adult mental health workers that work from all 3 sites during the working week. Appointments with our Mental Health Workers can be booked through reception and they can assess your needs before referring on to other services such as Talking Matters.

     

    Additionally, if you are over 16 and experiencing a mental health crisis you can contact the North Tyneside CRISIS Team on 0800 652 2861

  • If you are one of our frail patients or someone who has been deemed housebound then the surgery can arrange for a home visit by our Primary Care Practitioner Vicky Moxom or one of our Doctors. These requests are triaged and arranged in the same way as other appointments by contacting the surgery number.  Vicky is a qualified paramedic now specialising in frailty support and is very experienced at providing home visits. She works closely with the GPs in the team and will discuss any concerns.

    Palliative Care visits will be provided by GPs.