Covid Booster update as of 13/12/2021:
The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.
You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.
We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.
New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.
We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.
In terms of any planned appointments with Denton Turret Medical Centre, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
All GP appointments are telephone consultations. If the GP wishes to see a patient they will invite them to attend the Surgery following a telephone consultation.
If you need to attend the Surgery, you must still wear a face covering unless you are exempt for medical reasons.
Please do not come to the Surgery if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, flu like symptoms or loss of taste or smell.
Some patients who are immunosuppressed are eligible for early third doses as part of their primary vaccine course (and will be eligible for a booster later down the line). Third doses are given a minimum of 8 weeks after the second dose. Please note that patients who are eligible for an early third dose are not able to book using the online booking system or via 119. – If you fal into this category, please contact the surgery or contact the booking team directly on 01912336317.
Adults who live with someone who is immunosuppressed are also eligible for a booster vaccine, but this must be given no earlier than 182 days after their second dose. Appointments can also be made by contacting the booking team on 0191 233 6317.
Men of the North East and North Cumbria ….. Can you spare 10 minutes? It could save your life
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
November is men’s health month and a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of a health condition than predominantly affects men.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAAs) mainly affect men aged 65 or over. They are a bulge or swelling in the tummy area of the aorta, which is the main artery, that supplies blood to the body. They often have no obvious symptoms so you wouldn’t feel any different or know if you had one. If the aneurysms aren’t detected and continue to grow they can burst, which can be life threatening.
Men are invited to have an ultrasound scan, in the year they turn 65. The screening test is very quick, painless and reliable. It is the most effective way to see if you have an AAA and research suggests it can half the risk of dying from a ruptured AAA. Results are given on the day, straight after the scan.
The North East and North Cumbria Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme is hosted by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead but screens men in clinics local to where they live.
If you receive an invitation please don’t ignore it. It could save your life!
If you have received an appointment that isn’t suitable, you can change it by contacting your local screening service on: 0191 445 8747
Click this link to find out more:
We’re open, we’re safe! Men look out for your invitation
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAAs) are a weakening in the aorta that can swell and rupture causing fatal internal bleeding. They usually don’t have symptoms so you wouldn’t know you had one and are most common in men aged over 65.
AAA screening is a free NHS national programme that automatically invites men in the year they turn 65, to attend a quick and painless 10 minute appointment to have an ultrasound scan to measures the aorta. Results are given on the day.
If you receive your invitation, please DON’T ignore it. It could save your life!
If you need to rearrange your appointment give us a call on: 0191 445 8747
For more information visit: QE Gateshead Website: https://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/aaa
Watch our AAA Video: https://fb.watch/7tORZvND2n/
Patients wanted for Practice Patient Participation Panel
Can you spare a couple of hours per month?
Are you keen to help the practice?
Then why not join our Practice Patient Participation Panel?
Come along to one of our meetings: see the link to more information under "Patient Participation".
Prescription Collection Services
The surgery is aware of companies cold calling patients to offer prescription collection services and in some cases suggesting this is with the agreement of the practice.
Denton Turret Medical Centre does not endorse any company cold calling patients and requesting their medication 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 to whom you are talking. If you have any concerns please contact us or your local pharmacist to discuss matters further.