2 Betts AvenueTel: 0191 2742767
Kenton CentreTel: 0191 2461546
A Message from Dr Black
After 32 years I have decided to call it a day before I overstay my welcome! It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve at Betts and I take with me so many happy memories.
General Practice has changed immeasurably over the course of my carer - not always for the better!
Looking back my greatest satisfaction has come from delivering old style family medicine. Many of the children I looked after as babies in 1980's and 1990's are now parents in their own right. Indeed together with my father there have been Dr Black's working at this practice for over 60years.
Still nothing goes on forever and it is time for new blood and fresh idea's.
I have every confidence in the long term future of the practice and wish my successors all good fortune.
I shall be leaving the practice on Monday 5th February but until then it is business as usual!
With all good wishes
If you are pregnant, ask at reception to book with the midwife. She will monitor you through your pregnancy to detect any problems and be able to advise you and answer any questions you may have about pregnancy and childbirth.
The practice nurse can see you regularly to advise on inhaler technique, self monitoring of asthma, medication changes when necessary and general lifestyle improvements.
As part of the NHS breast screening programme, all women aged between 50 and 70 will be called for mammography (x-ray of breasts) every 3 years.
We have clinics for people who have experienced heart disease or stroke where you will regularly have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, your medication reviewed and will be advised on lifestyle changes to help you try to prevent further illness.
All women aged 25-64 are invited for cervical screening. By having regular smears any changes that may occur in the cervix may be picked up early before they become cancerous. Our practice nurses mainly carry out the smear tests.
The practice has a counselling service at both sites.
The aim is to prevent complications of diabetes by regular monitoring of diabetic control, together with lifestyle advice.
All doctors and practice nurses are able to offer dietary and lifestyle advice in a routine appointment, written information is also available.
DMARD Monitoring Service
If you are being prescribed disease modifying drugs, usually for arthritis, from you hospital consultant we are able to carry out your regular blood tests and arrange repeat prescriptions.
The nursing team offer COPD Management to patients diagnosed with Emphysema/COPD.
You can see the practice nurse for emergency contraception or for monitoring and repeat prescriptions of pills and injections. All doctors are able to provide a confidential family planning service including emergency contraception, the contraceptive pill and injections. Coil fittings and the contraceptive implant can also be arranged.
Hypertension Clinic/Heart Disease/Stroke
Untreated high blood pressure can increase the risk of heart attached and strokes. Any doctor or nurse can check your blood pressure and if high arrange blood and urine tests and an ECG.
Each Autumn/Winter we run flu clinics. Anyone over 65, or suffering from a Chronic Disease at any age is at an increased risk from flu and should be vaccinated. Look out for the adverts when flu vaccines arrive.
We can remove small lumps and bumps. Make an appointment to see a doctor to discuss this.
New Patient Check
If you are registering as a new patient you can book an appointment with the healthcare assistant for a new patient check, she will check your height, weight and blood pressure, ask about medical conditions and arrange any necessary blood tests. You need to bring a urine sample.
We have a physiotherapy service located at the Kenton site.
We have a psychotherapist who attends both sites.
Sexual Health Screening
This is offered by our practice nurses
Smoking Cessation Service
Our practice nurses are able to advise you on how to give up smoking, encourage and monitor you and also discuss and prescribe medical treatments to help. Ask at reception for an appointment.
We can advise you and arrange your travel vaccinations and medications. Patients need to complete a travel questionnaire and return it to the surgery at least 1 week before booking an appointment with the practice nurse and, allowing at least 1 month before travel. Some travel vaccinations and medications will also need to be paid for on a private prescription. Please note this is not a priority service, priority is given to acute and chronic health needs. Information on other providers can be given to you.
More information is available on the above tab.
This is offered by our practice nurses and can advise you on healthy diets and ways to manage your weight.
Well Baby Clinic / Child Development
Clinical Sessions: Monday PM at Benwell site and Wednesday PM at Kenton Site.
Well Man Clinic
If you are between 40-60 years of age you should consider seeing your doctor or practice nurse for a well man check. We will screen you for any existing illness and advise you on staying well in the future. You will have your height and weight, blood pressure and cholesterol checked plus and additional tests depending on your symptoms, risk or family history.
Well Woman Clinic
You can make an appointment to discuss gynecological problems, family planning, menopause issues or ask advice about smears or breast checks. We can also offer general health checks such as blood pressure checks and other lifestyle advice.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
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