Welcome to Union Brae and Norham Practice
Union Brae Surgery, Tweedmouth, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 2HB
Telephone: 01289 330333
Pedwell Way Surgery, Norham, Berwick Upon Tweed, TD15 2LD
Telephone: 01289 382265
  • Welcome

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    Welcome to Union Brae and Norham Practice in Berwick Upon Tweed.

    We will be using this website to keep you informed of all the latest news and events happening at the practice.

    Please click here to download the latest Practice Leaflet. 

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Opening Times

  • Surgery Opening Times

    Union Brae Opening Hours   

    Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 6.00pm

    Our phones are busiest first thing in the morning. If your call is not urgent please ring after 10:30am

    If you are calling for blood test results, Please call after 1:00 pm

    Norham Surgery Opening Hours

    Monday - Wednesday: 8:30am - 12:30pm, 1.30pm - 6.00pm

    Thursday and Friday: 8:30am - 12:30pm

    Our phones are busiest first thing in the morning, if your call is not urgent please ring after 10:30am


    When the practice is closed, call 111
    or if it is a life-threatening emergency call 999

    The practice offers pre-bookable nursing staff appointments. GP appointments are booked following telephone consultation/Econsultation with a clinician.

  • Extended Access Service

    Wednesday evening 18.30-20.00

  • Home Visits

    Patients who are too ill or frail to come into the surgery may request a home visit during surgery hours, these visits are usually carried out by our paramedics.

    Things to consider  in mind when requesting a home visit:

    • If you can possibly come to the surgery, please do so. Our facilities here mean that the doctor can make a better assessment of your problem.

    • To request a home visit please phone before 10am in the morning. We may not be able to guarantee a home visit on the same day for late requests.

    • Your doctor will make a decision as to whether you need a home visit on the basis of clinical need – and it may be more appropriate to give you advice on the phone as to how to manage your condition.

  • Out of Hours

    If you require non urgent medical help and/or advice, call 111

    In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 999

  • NHS 111

    NHS 111 is the number to call when you need medical help fast but it is not a life-threatening emergency.

    • Calls to 111 are FREE from landlines AND mobiles

    • NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including bank holidays)

    During normal practice opening hours, the practice remains your first point of contact for all routine requests. The practice may advise you to contact 111 if this is the most appropriate course of action for you. 

    For more information about NHS 111 and access to online help, visit 111.NHS.UK

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Appointments

  • Making an Appointment

    Appointments can be made by telephone, via the eConsult system or by coming into the practice. 

    Patients may be given an appointment to speak with a clinician in the first instance or they may be booked in directly with another health care professional i.e. first contact physiotherapist.

    Our appointment system allows you to book up to four weeks in advance with the nursing team. GP and clinical practitioner appointments are same day appointments

    If we have exceeded our capacity of available appointments, you will be directed to 111. 

     

    If you no longer need your appointment, please notify the surgery.

    Please make sure you notify us if you change your address or telephone number.

     

  • Book Appointment Online
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Prescriptions

  • Ordering a Prescription

    Repeat prescriptions

    If you need medication on a regular basis you can order this in the following ways:​

    A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for us to process all repeat prescription requests.

    Please allow as much time as possible to process your repeat prescription request during busy times, such as Bank Holidays, Easter and Christmas. 

     

    Dispensing

    If you live outside the town, your doctor may be able to dispense your medicines. Please ask our reception staff if you qualify for this service.

  • Request Prescription Online

    Click to order a Repeat Prescription Online

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Services

  • Online Services

    Online services can be used to book, check or cancel appointments with a clinician

    Order repeat prescriptions

    See parts of your health record, including test results - by 31st October 2023 new entries in the GP records will be visible to all patients aged 16+ years and with an online account who have completed an application form to access records. As your GP practice, we have been asked to provide you with access to your FULL PROSPECTIVE medical record via the NHS app (and NHS website) if you have a suitable NHS login, from 31 October 2023.  As a practice we have decided to ask your permission first, as this gives us a chance to check your understanding and be sure access to your data is safe for you.  We are aware that not everyone will want access to their full record on the internet at this time, and some patients may have concerns about their personal medical records being made available on their smart phones or online, especially if other people have access to their devices. Click here to download the application form which you will need to complete and send to your GP Practice. 

    More information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps/using-online-services/


    NHS App

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    The NHS App is a new way for patients to connect to the surgery and other NHS services. For example, you can:

    • Order repeat prescriptions
    • Get health advice
    • Securely view your GP health record
    • Review and register your organ donation decision
    • Choose how the NHS uses your data

    Download it FREE from the Apple Store (Apple device) or the Google Play Store (Android device)

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    When you register in the app, there will be a series of checks to confirm your identity. You WILL NOT have to go into your surgery to register if you have a passport or photo card driving licence.

    The process to set up your NHS login is explained in the following video:

    You can read more and access the NHS login help centre at NHS login.

    You can choose to log in using fingerprint recognition, facial recognition or username and password of your choice.

    You can now also access NHS App services from the browser on your desktop or laptop computer.

    Need help with the NHS App Poster

    Click here to download the Do more with the NHS App Leaflet. 

    Click here to download the NHS App Quick start Guide Leaflet

     

  • Asthma Clinic

    All asthma patients are invited by letter or text to attend for a yearly check-up.   This involves discussing symptoms, checking peak flow measurements and that the inhaler currently being used is suitable.  It is also an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have about asthma.  If you haven’t received a letter for a check-up you can telephone to make an appointment with the practice nurse at any time. 

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS that you need to be seen more than yearly are: 

    –       Waking at night coughing, wheezing or short of breath 

    –       You need to use your reliever (blue inhaler) more often than usual 

    –       Your reliever doesn’t get rid of your symptoms as effectively as normal

    At your asthma appointment we can also discuss a management plan which helps you to recognise and treat symptoms before they develop into an asthma attack.

    For more information about asthma, visit the Asthma UK website or view the videos on Health TV.

  • Diabetic Clinic

    Our diabetic clinics are run on a regular basis by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Practice Nurses at both Union Brae and Norham surgeries. 

    For more information about diabetes, visit the Diabetes UK Website or view the videos on Health TV.

  • Heart Disease Clinic

    These clinics are for all patients with a history of peripheral vascular disease, ischaemic heart disease or stroke. At your appointment we will check your blood pressure, height, weight and bloods for cholesterol and blood sugar will be taken. 

  • Smear Clinic

    Cervical screening can be carried out by any of our qualified nursing or clinical staff. All cervical screening invitations are sent by NHS England or NHS Scotland inviting you to make an appointment to have a smear done at the surgery.

  • Contraception

    The practice offers general contraceptive advice.

    If you have unprotected sex and are concerned about pregnancy, please contact your local pharmacy for emergency contraception advice.

  • Flu Vaccination

    Flu Vaccine 

    Flu vaccines are available annually and usually start in September/October. 

    NHS England is responsible for identifying at risk patient groups eligible for flu vaccine. These include: 

    –       All patients aged 65 and over 

    –       Patients with diabetes 

    –       Patients diagnosed with chronic respiratory (lung) problems (these include asthma and COPD) 

    –       Patients with long-standing kidney disease 

    –       Patients with heart disease 

    –       Patients who live in nursing homes, residential homes or any long-stay facility 

    –       Patients whose immune system is not working well either because: 

    • You were born with it not working 

    • You are having a course of treatment such as steroids, cytotoxics i.e. cancer killing drugs, radiotherapy 

    • You have a disease eg AIDS or HIV, no spleen or your spleen not working normally

     

  • NHS Health Checks

    Patients who are between 44 – 74 years of age and at increased risk of cardiovascular disease will be invited in for a CVD Risk Assessment appointment. Depending on your risk score, this may then be followed by an appointment to discuss the results and how to manage any risk. 

  • Newcastle Outreach Clinics

    Newcastle Hospitals lease rooms from Union Brae to provide the following clinics:

    • Audiology (Hearing aids)

    To make an appointment with the hearing aid clinic you need to ring the Audiology Department at Freeman Hospital direct on 0191 2231043. Freeman have asked for all telephone calls to be handled by their specialist team of audiologists to ensure the patients are all booked into the correct appointment slots. Union Brae have welcomed this decision as it frees up the telephone system for our patients to get through to speak to our staff. You will still be seen at Union Brae Surgery in Berwick but we are no longer booking the appointments.

    • Dermatology (Skin)
    • ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat)
    • Ophthalmology (Eyes)

    All appointments for Dermatology, ENT and Ophthalmology are made by Newcastle Hospitals. Any queries about your appointment should be made to the telephone number on your appointment letter. 

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New Patients

  • New Patient Registration Forms

    If you would like to register with the practice, please complete the required forms below and bring them into reception. If you are unsure if you are resident within the Practice Area please contact reception with your postcode for advice.

    New Patient Registration Form (GMS1)

    New Patient Questionnaire

    To facilitate your registration and in the event it takes time to obtain your medical records, it would be helpful if you could obtain a patient summary including medication from your previous practice.  For children a list of vaccinations would be helpful.

     

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Patient Group

  • About the Patient Participation Group

    Since April 2015, it has been a contractual requirement of NHS England for all GP practices to have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population.

    A PPG is a group of patients, carers and GP practice staff who meet to discuss practice issues and patient experience to help improve the service.

    Who is part of the PPG?

    A PPG is open to every patient on the GP practice list. All communities, groups, genders, ages, ethnicities, and disabilities representing the patient list are encouraged to join.

    What is the role of the PPG?

    • The aims and work of each PPG depends entirely on local needs, but they all have the aim of making sure that their practice puts the patient and improving health at the heart of everything it does

    • It is important for the PPG to have an inclusive and diverse membership to ensure that the PPG represents as many types of patient voices as possible

    • PPG members can act as ambassadors within the community and this can help with recruitment of new members

    • By being as outward facing as possible, the PPG can learn about innovations which are happening in the local community and bring these back to the practice

    • PPG members can help to promote health initiatives being introduced within the practice

    • PPGs can work alongside the practice and local health commissioners to ensure that the right services are available to the local population

    • PPGs can give patients and practice staff the opportunity to meet and discuss topics of mutual interest

    • PPGs can provide a means for patients to become more involved and make suggestions about the healthcare services they receive

    • PPGs can explore issues from patient complaints and patient surveys, contribute to actions plans and help monitor improvements.

    • PPGs can contribute feedback to the practice on National Patient Survey results and Friends and Family Test feedback to propose developments or change

    • PPGs can support the practice in promoting health awareness and patient education.

    For more information, visit the Patients Association website.

    Interested?

    If you would like to join our patient group please contact Julie Blythe or Anne Kossmann.

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About Us

  • The Staff

    Dr Sarah RuffeDr Sarah Ruffe
    MB ChB, DRCOG, DFFP
    Joined the practice in 1997 and is now senior Partner.

    Dr Neil Forster
    Dr Neil Forster
    MB ChB, MRCGP, DOccMed
    Joined the practice in 2004 and is a partner.

    Dr Katherine Reay
    Dr Katherine Reay
    MB ChB
    Joined the practice in 2019 and is a partner. 

    Dr Jane Howson
    Dr Jane Howson
    MB ChB
    Joined the practice in 2014 and is a salaried GP.

    Dr Gillian Guthrie
    Dr Gillian Guthrie
    MB ChB
    Joined the practice in 2014 and now works as a clinical supervisor.

     

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    Wayne Mckay - Advanced Clinical Practitioner

    Christine Ritchie
    Christine Ritchie - Advanced Nurse Practitioner

    Zoe PerksZoe Perks - Practice Nurse


    Dawn Dewar
    Dawn Dewar - Practice Nurse

    Moira Graham
    Moira Graham - Practice Nurse

    Leoni Renton
    Leoni Renton - Student Nurse

    Harriet Murray
    Harriet Murray - Health Care Assistant

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    Sarah Allen - Health Care Assistant

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    Selina Keillor - Health Care Assistant

    Norma Rawlings
    Norma Rawlings - Health Care Assistant

    Anne Kossmann – Practice manager

    Susan Rutherford - Finance Manager

    Julie Blythe - Assistant Practice Manager

     

    Jan Ross - Lead Dispenser/Receptionist

    Gail Hope – Secretary/Dispenser

    Tracey Cumming – Medicines Manager/Secretary

     

    Margaret Minto - Receptionist

    Gemma Stephenson - Receptionist

    Julie Storm – Receptionist/Administrator

    Lily Munro - Receptionist/Administrator

    Carol Greens - Receptionist

    Shannon Luke - Receptionist

  • Staff Training - Practice Closed 12.30pm to 2pm

    The practice will be closed, 12.30pm – 2pm, on the following dates in 2024, for staff training:

    • Wednesday 17th January
    • Wednesday 21st February
    • Wednesday 20th March
    • Wednesday 17th April
    • Wednesday 15th May
    • Wednesday 19th June
    • Wednesday 17th July
    • Wednesday 21st August
    • Wednesday 18th September
    • Wednesday 16th October
    • Wednesday 20th November
    • Wednesday 18th December
  • What You Can Expect From Us

    The Practice aims to provide the highest standards of care to all its patients. 

    The Practice will respect your individual needs and listen to what you have to say. 

    The Practice will always explain as fully as possible any treatment we propose, possible side-effects and any other options before a decision is made.

    The Practice aims to ensure you receive the best possible care from the NHS at all times. Should you need to be referred, we will do our utmost to ensure you receive the necessary care and treatment from consultants, specialist health services or other agencies. Where possible/appropriate, the GPs will offer you a choice of referral in line with the Government’s Choose and Book scheme. 

    The Practice welcomes your comments/suggestions/complaints and act upon them accordingly.

    Please complete the Friends and Family Test form to provide your feedback.

    Our Receptionists are very knowledgeable and will answer any questions you may have. Our receptionists will signpost you to the most appropriate service for your needs. If you wish to speak in private away from reception please mention this to the reception staff

    Should you wish to raise your concerns or make a complaint please ask to speak to one of our Complaints Managers; Julie Blythe or Anne Kossmann.

  • How You Can Help Us

    This is what you can do to help us:

    Appointments

    • If you cannot keep your appointment please cancel it as far in advance as possible so we can offer it to someone else.​

    •  Please inform the Receptionist when you arrive for your appointment.​

    • Please be aware that the practice offers telephone consultations in the first instance. If you need to be seen face to face, the clinician who phones you will arrange an appointment for you. 

    Blood tests

    • Please either phone after 1pm for these when the lines are less busy, or open an online account and you can access the results at any time.

     

  • Treating Practice Staff With Respect

    The Practice values all our staff who are working very hard to provide you with the best service possible. We would request that you treat them with respect at all times. 

    The Practice operates a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse towards any member of staff. This may include any physical threats of harm, verbal and/or written abuse. Any abuse of our staff (including on social media sites or outwith the practice), will be dealt with using a formal conduct warning which may result in the perpetrator being removed from the practice list and/or reported to the police. 

  • Care Quality Commission

  • Friends and Family Test

    It is a contractual requirement that all GP Practices undertake the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT).

    The FFT is a feedback tool, that helps us to improve our services.

    Would you recommend us?  Tell us what you think about our service by completing the FFT link we will send you following your contact with the practice.

  • Summary Care Records

    Everyone in the UK now has a summary care record as part of their medical records. This is a summary sheet containing your medication details, allergies, and long term medical conditions. This information will only be used by medical professionals in an emergency situation and where you or someone with you is unable to give consent to release this information to assist your care. If you DO NOT want emergency services to be able to access this information please let us know and we will mark your medical records accordingly.

  • Confidentiality, Opt Out and Privacy

    We respect your right to privacy and keep all your medical information and records secure. We will only pass information about your medical conditions to other health professionals who are involved in your care. We will not disclose any information to a third party without your written consent. If you would like us to discuss your treatment or medication with a family member or carer,  please complete a consent to share form and return it to the surgery. We will then update your records accordingly.

    How data in your GP record is used and how you can control the use (opt-out)

    As a practice, we fully respect your right as a patient to control your data. The collection start on 1st September 2021. If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with us. We will, however, still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

    You have the right to opt-out at any time from data being shared.

    Your data is used in broadly two different ways:

    1. To provide you with care. This is called “Primary Use“
    2. To allow for planning and research to be done. This is called “Secondary Use“

    Both uses will only be made where it is considered secure and appropriate to use patient data.

    Opting-out of data sharing is an option for all patients, however it is not without potential downsides. For Primary Use data, if you opt-out and need care in a local hospital, for example, it may be much harder for the staff to access important medical information about you needed to provide safe and effective care. For Secondary Use, the downsides are more indirect. If everyone in the country were to opt-out, it would make it much harder to ensure funding is used in the NHS to develop services where they are needed. It would also be harder to develop new treatments.

    It is possible to opt-out of specific parts of data sharing, while keeping some elements of data sharing in place. It is very common, for example, for people who have privacy concerns about Secondary Use, to be happy to continue sharing data for Primary Use/Direct Care.

    The below table summarises what opt-outs are possible, and how to request them:

    Primary Use - sharing your data for your direct care
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    Secondary Use - Using your data to design health services and do health research
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    Type-1 opt out form

    GDPR - Privacy Notice

    How to manage your sharing preferences using the NHS app

    You can view or change your current preference at any time.

    To view and change your preference in the NHS App:

    1. Go to Your health

    2. Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.

    3. Select Make your choice.

    4. Review the information on the page, then select Start now.

    5. View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.

    6. Update your choice, then select Submit.

    You can also visit NHS.UK

  • Chaperones & Interpreters

    We realise that some patients may wish a family member or friend to accompany them to an appointment. We will facilitate this where possible. 

    If you require an interpreter for your consultation, we can arrange for an interpreter to be available via telephone during your appointment.  

  • Smoke-Free Buildings

    Union Brae and Norham Practice operates a smoke-free policy. Smoking is not allowed on any part of either practice premises.

  • Feedback and Complaints

    Feedback

    You can give us feedback by completing the Friends and Family Test link which you will be sent following contact with the practice.

    Complaints

    If you are unhappy with our service, please discuss your concerns with the practice as we may be able to sort any issues out quickly.  

    How to Complain

    You can find our complaints process on our website or in the practice.  In the first instance, complaints can be directed to our Complaints Manager: Anne Kossmann, Practice Manager and Julie Blythe, Assistant Practice Manager. 

    If you do not wish to complain to the practice, you are able to make your complaint directly to the North East and North Cumbria (NENCB) Integrated Care Board who commission our service.  Their contact details are: 

    Primary Care Complaints Team

    North East and North Cumbria ICB
    Riverside House
    Goldcrest Way
    Newburn
    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8NY

    Tel:      0191 512 8277
    Email:          necsu.pccomplaints@nhs.net

    If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, you have the right to approach the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman.  Their contact details are:

    The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

    Millbank Tower
    30 Millbank
    London
    SW1P 4QP

    Tel:      0345 015 4033
    Website: ombudsman.org.uk/make-a-complaint

    The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can provide you with confidential advice and support if you have any concerns or queries about any aspect of your care.  You can contact them on:

    Freephone:    0800 032 0202
    Email:          northoftynepals@nhct.nhs.uk

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I get my test results?

    The doctor or nurse will tell you when your results are expected to be available. You can ring for results any day after 1pm. Our reception staff are only able to give out information documented on the result by a clinician. They are unable to advise you what a test may mean or give advice on any medical issues relating to the test result. 

     

    I have concerns about a relative - can I come and talk to a doctor about their care?

    Doctors can only discuss another patients with you if they have the patient's written consent to do so. 

    I would rather have treatment in Scotland - is this possible?

    Although the independence referendum left Scotland and England united, the health services in the 2 countries have moved further apart than ever. Northumberland CCG has decided that for patients living in England it is not possible to be referred to Edinburgh for any condition whatsoever. Referral to the BGH is not possible to Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics or for suspected Cancer cases, except in exceptional circumstances. Referrals for other specialties are possible but discouraged. For patients living in Scotland, Borders Health Board have decreed that all referrals for X-rays, physiotherapy and to hospital specialties must be to the BGH except by prior arrangement with the Health Board. Your doctor will discuss the options with you.

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Contact Us

  • Contact Details

    Union Brae Surgery, Tweedmouth, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 2HB

    Telephone: 01289 330333

    Out of Hours Telephone: 111


    Pedwell Way Surgery, Norham, Berwick Upon Tweed, TD15 2LD

    Telephone: 01289 382265

    Out of Hours Telephone: 111

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