April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early, which is why the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity, Bowel Cancer UK, is using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on screening. Screening saves lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test in the post complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the best way to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat and there is the greatest chance of survival. Please take five minutes to answer the survey below and help us understand the barriers people face.
“The decision to complete the screening test was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Had I not taken that course of action, there is no doubt in my mind I would not be alive today. Just do it!”- Harold.
Over 60? Take the test when you receive it in the post. For more information about screening visit Bowel Cancer UK; Healthwatch County Durham is asking people what they think about taking the test. Please click to take the short Survey
Information and / or Communication Support Needs
We want to get better at communicating with our patients. We want to make sure you can read and understand the information we send you. If you find it hard to read our letters or if you need someone to support you at appointments, please let us know.
Please tell us if you need:
- Information in braille, large print or easy read.
- A British Sign Language interpreter or advocate.
- If we can support you to lipread or use a hearing aid or communication tool
Please tell the receptionist when you arrive for your next appointment.
Flu Vaccination 2016/17
If you are over 65 years old, have a chronic disease or learning difficulties, are pregnant or a carer you are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Please speak to a member of the reception team who will be happy to make an appointment for you.
Named Allocated GP
All patients now have a named allocated GP. Any patient can contact us to find out who their allocated GP is or to request a specific GP.
We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice. However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible. To pursue a complaint please contact the practice manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.
If you would like to leave feedback about your experience at the surgery; then you can do so by following the Friends & Family Test link on this website or through either of the websites listed below:
We would ask that you do not use Facebook with regards to feedback as we will be unable to respond to any concerns raised.
Important Information about Your Health Record
This practice can share your patient record with other community clinicians. This means everyone who is caring for you can be fully informed about your medical history, including your medication and allergies. However your records will only be shared if you give consent.
Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more
Do you need to re-order your medication? Visit our prescriptions page and complete the online form. Find out more
Like To Register?
New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more
All of our practices have wheelchair access.
(Site updated 10/04/2017)