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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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. 

Young Carers

If you are a young carer you can complete an online self-referral form to access help and support

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.


During the coronavirus pandemic you may need more support than before - or perhaps for the first time. Northumberland County Council has a Community Response Hub as part of Northumberland Communities Together whic can help “If you are struggling with managing at home and need support for basic things like food, and have been unable to get help from family, friends or local community groups".  contact them by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Carers Northumberland are continuing their good work but by telephone. You may want support for your mental health and our dedicated Coronavirus page has useful contacts.

OneCall is the service to use if you are worried about a child or adult’s welfare. Contact Onecall on 01670 536 400. Onecall brings together adult social care and healthcare staff from Northumbria Health Care NHS trust with Northumberland County Council staff from children’s services, and partners in Northumbria Police. Their priority is providing help at the earliest opportunity before the situation becomes more serious.

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

We know that many parents wish to have their children vaccinated against Meningitis B and there is currently a lot of publicity about this.

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. 

From this autumn, many people can apply for a personal health budget.

Personal health budgets are being introduced by the NHS to help people manage their care in a way that suits them.

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.

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Quality Practice Award, the highest award for quality in Primary Care from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

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

Burn Brae Medical Group serves the market town of Hexham and the surrounding area.  Our Primary Health Care Team includes eight regular doctors and three practice nurses as well as as our management, administrative and reception staff.

We also have on site a community nursing team, a health visiting team, community midwives, counsellors, a dietician and a CPN who all work closely with us.

Burn Brae Medical Group is a “training practice”.  This means qualified doctors wishing to enter general practice spend six months or more with us in order to gain the experience they need to become family doctors.  We train medical students at various stages of their university education.  We are also involved in training other health care professionals such as student nurses and health visitors as well as other postgraduate placements.  We are grateful for the support of our patients in participating in our teaching programmes.

We have a long and proud history of serving the local community and offering high quality health care to patients young and old.