Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. It can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Attached is a comprehensive leaflet that we recommend which is useful at any time, along with a poster summarising the advice to parents during coronavirus.

We continue to prioritise routine childhood immunisations, from 8 weeks up to and including vaccines due at one year of age including first MMR and hepatitis B and BCG for at risk infants.  Equally the newborn baby screening checks and post-natal review are continuing. Attached to this article is an FAQ document that hopefully answers any questions or concerns you may have. 

As a Practice we have set aside time in the day where pregnant women and mothers with babies will be seen. Rest assured you will not encounter a waiting room full of people. 

If you have an older child and you're worried about their mental health, see the article below about Kooth.

Talking Matters Northumberland offers a free psychological treatment, support and recovery service for the people of Northumberland over the age of 16 for depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health related problems. You can self-refer to their service but please note that at the present time they only offer telephone-based services and no face-to-face appointments.

If you are in crisis then the Crisis Team can be contacted 24/7 on 0303 1231146.

There are also other organisations available to help - see the attached leaflet.

Kooth is now available in Northumberland.  Kooth is a digital package of mental health support for Children and Young people (C&YP) aged between 11 and 25. It is a free, confidential and anonymous online support and counselling service which includes self- help resources, magazine articles, links to crisis support, safeguarded and monitored live drop-in sessions and also 1-1 scheduled counselling with qualified professionals. CY&P can receive up to six sessions of counselling support from Kooth. The service is accessible through any device with internet access, including; laptop, smart phone, or tablet and patients can self-refer.

We are still providing a full range of contraceptive services, including LARCS (coils, implants and injections) and contraceptive pills. We also provide emergency contraception.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of contraception please arrange a telephone appointment.

We are also able to offer sexual health screening and provide condoms for individuals aged 25 or under.

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. It’s not a test for cancer; it’s a test to help prevent cancer. All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter. If you would like to book an appointment for a cervical screen please call the surgery. Try not to put off cervical screening. Its one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

If you have been in hospital with covid-19 illness then the discharge information in the document below may be helpful. 

Over 650 of our patients have been advised to shield until the end of July. The latest government advice on shielding can be found here. 

For anyone struggling with support needs (even without a shielding letter) the council has set up a Community Response Hub as part of Northumberland Communities Together. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01670 620015.

Onecall - If you are worried about the immediate welfare of a child or adult please use OneCall 01670 536400 - open 24/7, 365 days a year.