Welcome to Burn Brae Medical Group, one of the longest established Medical Practices in the UK, much older than the NHS itself.  We are based in Hexham, Northumberland and our catchment area covers approximately 200 square miles.  We are a recipient of the highest quality award in UK General Practice. Read More

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Our telephone system broke in March but we were able to quickly install a new system so patients would not be affected. We are still waiting for new equipment and services to be installed so at the moment while we have a functioning system it isn't as good as it will be in the near future. We are still experiencing problems with our prescription line for example, so please make requests for repeat prescriptions via our main number on 01434 603627. It would be best to phone after 10am to avoid our busiest time of day. We prefer requests to come via our online system, if you wish to sign up just ask a member of the reception team. Many thanks.

The Practice has invested in a new machine for the waiting room. It automatically measures your height and weight and then calculates your Body Mass Index (BMI).

PSA testing is in the news and you may be considering whether you should have a blood test. Before you do so please read more about it on the NHS Choices website, Prostate Cancer UK or Patient.co.uk  
A leaflet to download and print at home is also available. The important message is that if you are concerned and in particular if you have symptoms please make an appointment with your GP. 

Download this file (PSA Test for healthy men patient info sheet.pdf)PSA Testing Leaflet

The Northeast has seen a steady rise in cases of invasive pneumococcal disease since 2013. The majority of cases occurred in people who had not received the Pneumococcal vaccination. Some people are at higher risk of serious illness and can be given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. These include:

Adults aged 65 or over
Children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition.

While we are happy to offer this vaccinate alongside the annual flu jab, you can have the Penumococcal vaccination at any time of the year and we keep a stock at all times. Unlike the flu jab, in most cases you will not need to repeat the vaccination.  So if you believe you are eligible for a vaccination make an appointment with a Practice Nurse, or just ask when you have your next routine appointment with a Practice Nurse.

From 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR, impose additional obligations on organisations and gives you extra rights around how your data is used.
We want you to know that we respect the information we hold on you and that we take the security of your information very seriously. We have new Privacy Notices available to give you more information on the data we hold on you, what we do with that data, who we share your data with and your new rights under GDPR.

You can now book appointments in the evenings as well as Saturday. Local Practices are offering this service, called the Hadrian Extra Care Hub, in Corbridge. Appointments must be booked through our reception team. Just ask when you phone. 

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 be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working at Burn Brae Medical Group in the last financial year was £66,395 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 4 full time GPs and 5 part-time GPs and 1 long-term locum.

Last updated: January 2019

Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you. It is estimated that 10% of patients are also carers. The responsibilities of carers mean they are more likely to suffer from ill health; through stress and depression, poor self-care or physical injuries due to incorrect moving and handling.

Our Carer's Champion is our Reception Manager, Helen. She is happy to provide information and help so that Carers and those who are cared for are aware of all the help and support which is available to them. Please contact the surgery for details.

Who are carers?

A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t get by without their help. This could be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. Parents of children who are disabled or who have a serious health condition are also considered to be carers.

There is a difference between a carer and a care worker or care assistant who is paid to provide care. 

How can we help?

Carers are entitled to an annual free Flu Vaccination and patients have the right to be accompanied at any practice appointment by their carer if they wish.

NHS Choices has a Carers guide to Carers, Caring and the support on offer. 

We can refer you to Carers Northumberland or you can self-refer to them.  They are a charity dedicated to improving the lives of carers by responding to the needs of carers, informing carers of their rights and entitlements, supporting carers to access help for the person they care for, reducing the social isolation that so many carers feel and empowering carers to have a voice.

We have a Carers Information section in our leaflet rack in the waiting room with useful contact information on organisations such as Carers Northumberland.

Due to global manufacturing problems there is currently a severe shortage of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines. We have been told that supplies will not return to normal for at least a year. As a result we may not be able to offer you all of the vaccines we would normally recommend. Our Practice Nurses can advise you further but it would help if you would complete a travel assessment form in advance of you appointment.