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.

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).

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

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

A routine urine dipstick test has shown there to be red blood cells in your urine, although this is not seen with the naked eye.

This could be due to a urinary infection and can easily be treated with antibiotics. Your urine will be sent to the lab to check for an infection. These results will be back within 5 days. Please ring the surgery and reception will be able to tell you the results.

The presence of red blood cells in 2 out of 3 urine samples would indicate haematuria.

Haematuria is the presence of blood in the urine. Blood can come from any part of the urinary tract. This includes the kidneys, urethra, bladder and prostate in men. This may need further investigation to find the cause of the blood in the urine.

Please bring in 2 further urine samples in a WHITE top bottle (available from reception) at least two weeks apart. Please ensure sample bottles are clearly labelled with full name and date of birth. Strenuous activity such as long distance running and heavy lifting is a normal cause for blood in the urine. Please leave 3-4 days after strenuous activity before submitting a sample.

Please ring for the results the following day and a message will be left for you to either bring in a 3rd sample or the see your GP.

Burn Brae Medical Group is delighted to collaborate with Tyne Green Parkrun and become an official ‘Parkrun practice’. We hope that many of our patients alongside our staff will get involved with this fantastic weekly event - whether you run, jog, walk, push a buggy or help to marshal.

The event is held every Saturday at 9am at Tyne Green in Hexham. If you optionally sign up online you will be able to print off a barcode to log your time and track your progress.

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.