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Great Lumley SurgeryFront StreetGreat LumleyChester-Le-Street, DH3 4LETel: 0191 3885600
This practice aims to provide the best possible standard of healthcare for our patients. We provide a complete range of
The surgery is committed to health promotion and the management of chronic disease.
From 1st January 2008, all military veterans entitled to priority access to NHS care (including, hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated to their time within the armed forces (service-related). However this is always subject to clinical need and does not entitle you to jump the queue ahead of someone with a higher clinical need.
A veteran is defined as: Anyone who has served for at least one day in the Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve), as well as Merchant Navy seafarers and fisherman who have served in a vessel that was operated to facilitate military operations by the Armed Forces.
A new ID card for Armed Forces veterans is being issued to help access specialist support and services. Anyone who has left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards. These cards will allow veterans to maintain a tangible like to their career in the forces.
All other veterans will be able to apply for a new ID card be the end of 2019 to mark their time in the armed forces.
For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-veterans-id-cards-rolled-out-to-service-leavers
Information is also available through the Veterans Gateway: https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/
NHS England and NHS Improvement together with the Ministry of Defence have published new guidelines for the personalised care for veterans in England.
Below is a patient leaflet which gives mire information. Eligible individuals may have a personalised care plan for all their health and wellbeing needs that is developed with him/her and a range of organisations including health, social care and military charities.
Contact is a group of charitable support and state organisations that have joined forces to enhanced mental health support available to the Armed Forces Community. This includes Big White Wall, Cobseo, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, Walking within the Wounded, the NHS, the MOD, the UK Psychological Trauma Society and Kings College London.
For more information visit the Contact website: Contact Armed Forces Support
If you have acquired hearing loss and/or tinnitus relating to your time in service, additional support can be funded through the Royal British Legion Veterans' Hearing Fund. To access this you can be referred to the local NHS audiology Department or you can download an application form: VHF Eligibility Application Form
Veterans Hearing Fund
The Royal British Legion has a Veterans' Mobility Fund which provides specialist wheelchairs, orthotic equipment and other mobility related items for veterans who have a service related serious physical injury and whose needs cannot be met through statutory services. Eligibility requires the condition to be attributable to service and typically applicants will be in receipt of a War Pension or relevant award under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
For more information on Veterans Mobility Fund click here
For more useful websites click the links below:
If the NHS service you are dealing with is unaware of priority treatment, you are actively encouraged to tell them about it and ensure you have told them that you have served. Failing that, you can enlist local health care commissioners, your local authority community covenant lead, or one of the national service organisations, such as the Royal British Legion, to support you.
Military Covenant Serving Personnel
Military Covenant Families
Military Covenant Veterans
The practice has built, over several years, strong links with South Tyneside Marine College and Dr Gooding, Dr Sheard, Dr Briggs and Dr Portergill are approved medical examiners of the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOG) Medical Advisory Committee. Anyone working in Norwegian waters can now do so with a UKOG certificate.
Swabs, stool samples, vaccinations, Chest x-ray and blood tests are available at an extra costs.
To arrange an appointment please contact the surgery on 0191 3887034 and speak to one of our reception team. For advanced Offshore requirements please speak to Sharon Napier.
We can now take payment by card. A deposit of £60 is required to secure your booking.
Any tests undertaken will be dealt with promptly and you will be advised of the usual length of time before we could expect the results back.
In return we ask you to
Please note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for the travellers on the European Website.