Bowel Cancer Screening

Updated on 14th February 2018 at 12:29 pm

Bowel cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK. Most people diagnosed with bowel cancer are over 60 years old. Screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, in people with no symptoms when treatment is more likely to be effective. As a Practice we strongly recommend you […]

Medical Students

Updated on 5th February 2018 at 2:54 pm

As a training surgery medical students may be present within this practice in order for them to gain valuable “hands on” experience in preparing to be our doctors and nurses of the future. Please do make the receptionist aware if you DO NOT wish them to be present during your appointment and/or to view your […]

Sick Notes: Do I need a signing off note?

Updated on 1st February 2018 at 5:57 pm

The new Fit Note (that replaced the old fashioned sick notes a few years ago) actually has nowhere on it to say that you are fit for work! The Fit Note is a recommendation to your employer. It is needed if you are off work for more than a week. If you are off for […]

PRESCRIPTION CHANGES

Updated on 22nd January 2018 at 6:07 pm

From February 2018 all prescriptions collected from the surgery will need to be signed for. Please check your prescription is correct before signing. If you wish to sign up for electronic prescription services please speak to reception who will give you the forms and information leaflets. This is to help with the NHS target of […]

Newsletters 2017

Updated on 9th November 2017 at 12:32 pm

See the below link for our new quarterly newsletter created by our PPG (Marine Avenue Medical Centre patient group): PPG Newsletter Autumn/Winter 2017

New Patient Registrations

Updated on 26th September 2017 at 6:22 pm

Marine Avenue Medical Centre is currently taking on new patients. If you decide we are the right GP Practice for you and your families needs and expectations you will need to pop into the Practice with two forms of documentation to provide evidence of identity & proof of address(one of these must contain a photo) […]

Flu Season

Updated on 13th September 2017 at 11:58 am

Flu season is here …..Again!!! Flu vaccines for 2017/18 are now in stock at the practice. Book an appointment for your jab, either online or by telephone,  before the flu gets you!!!   The childhood flus are due to arrive at the end of September.

Marine Avenue Medical Centre Infection Control Statement 2017

Updated on 23rd August 2017 at 7:24 pm

Annual statement of current practice at Marine Avenue Medical Centre to manage and monitor the prevention and control of infection 2016-2017 Marine Avenue Medical Centre takes the responsibility of infection control very seriously. The IPC (infection prevention and control) leads for Marine Avenue Medical Practice are Sister Helen Wilson and Mary Dobson (office Manager). 1. […]

Zero tolerance

Updated on 9th August 2017 at 11:20 am

There has been a rise of incidents between staff and patients. We would like to remind patients that violent, aggressive and abusive behaviour towards any member of our practice team will NOT be tolerated. Any person found to be behaving in this way, will be removed from the practice and the police informed. Patients who […]

January DNA appointments

Updated on 9th August 2017 at 10:45 am

We are currently experiencing a high demand for routine appointment bookings with a GP. In January we experienced 31 “did not attend” appointments with a GP (3 hours) and 48 “did not attend” nurse appointments (5 hours). To ensure this does not occur this month if you are unable to attend your appointment please can […]

APPOINTMENT DEMANDS

Updated on 19th July 2017 at 6:03 pm

We are currently experiencing a high demand for routine appointment bookings with a GP, this is a National problem and not restricted to this practice. Whilst we understand your frustrations and share them please refrain from taking this out on the receptionists. We offer on the day emergency triage calls with a GP if you […]

CQC

Updated on 30th March 2017 at 1:59 pm

Our CQC inspection was held on 15th December 2015. We are pleased that we have been rated as an overall GOOD.  The full report is available to read now http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-547079057. Thank you to the patients who completed the feedback cards and took the time on the day to speak to the inspectors.  

GP Earnings

Updated on 8th March 2017 at 2:28 pm

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not […]

The New Additions

Updated on 9th December 2016 at 4:15 pm

We are delighted to inform everyone we now have 2 new permanent GP’s. Some of our older patients may remember Dr Donna Waggitt when she was our very first registrar, she has re-joined the Marine Avenue Surgery family fully qualified and looking forward to meeting everybody. Some of you may have already met Dr Laura […]

A New PPG

Updated on 17th November 2015 at 12:33 pm

We constantly strive to look at ways to improve our services to you and how you perceive our surgery and staff in a constructive manner. Anonymous comments on websites does not give the practice a chance to address  concerns or complaints. To help us with this, we have set up a patient representation group so that you can have […]

Interpreting service

Updated on 17th November 2015 at 11:35 am

If you would like an interpreter to attend your consultation, please tell reception when you book your appointment.

OUT OF HOURS INFORMATION

Updated on 17th November 2015 at 11:26 am

Out of hours What to do when your GP practice is closed: If it’s a life-threatening emergency call 999 If you need medical help but it’s not an emergency call 111 During normal practice opening hours, the practice remains your first point of contact for all routine requests. NHS 111 is the number to call […]

Named GP.

Updated on 5th May 2015 at 5:10 pm

In line with the new 2015 GP contracts all of our patients will be assigned a named GP. You can find this out if you so wish by contacting the surgery to ask who your named GP is or waiting until we look at ways to inform everyone which we will be doing in the […]

On Line Patient Services – a new addition from 2016

Updated on 24th February 2015 at 12:50 pm

GPs will have to provide online access to all coded information in the GP record by March 2016, but only if patients request it. GPs will also be able to withhold online access to coded information where it is deemed to be in the patient’s best interest, for example test results which haven’t been seen […]

GP Registrar

Updated on 20th January 2015 at 11:19 am

Dr Williams will sadly be moving to her next placement on January 31st and in her place is Dr Marc Pentel. We wish Dr Williams good luck in her new post and hope you will join us in giving a warm Whitley Bay welcome to Dr Pentel.

Shingles Vaccines

Updated on 8th October 2014 at 9:10 am

Shingles Vaccines will continue to be offered to adults aged 70 on September 1st 2017.  There will also be a catch-up programme for adults aged 78 & 79 on September 1st 2017.  If you fall into these categories and have not yet had please call the surgery to arrange your vaccination.  Ask about your shingles […]

APPOINTMENT REMINDERS

Updated on 6th October 2014 at 11:50 am

A standard 10 min slot is to allow the GP’s to address one problem. If you have more than one issue please ask to have a double appointment when booking. This will go towards stopping  the surgeries running as late as they currently seem to be. We would also appreciate you cancelling an appointment within […]

ON-LINE BOOKINGS

Updated on 30th June 2014 at 10:23 am

After changing over computer systems last month we understand there are problems accessing on-line services. Please bear with while we work with EMIS to resolve these issues and apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the transition period.

Cold Calling of Patients by Third Parties

Updated on 15th January 2014 at 10:30 am

This GP surgery does not endorse any company cold calling patients requesting their medical details. Please be very careful about giving your personal and medical details to anyone calling you unless you are happy to do so and have properly identified who you are talking to. If you have any concerns please contact the surgery […]

Text reminders for appointments

Updated on 5th September 2012 at 12:13 pm

The surgery is now using a system which will remind you of your appointments via text message. This of course means that you will need to ensure that we have the correct mobile phone number for you. The text messages will also be used to invite you to the surgery for things like the winter influenza vaccination and […]

Welcome

Updated on 15th March 2012 at 8:45 am

Welcome to our new Marine Avenue Medical Centre Website.