Welcome to Beacon View Medical Centre
Beacon View Medical Centre's Vision:
The practice team are committed to providing high quality care to all users of our services.
To be responsive to the needs of our patients and treat each patient as an individual.
We aim to offer an open channel of communication to maintain standards and consistency in the level of service provided.
To provide a rewarding place to work in a supportive team and a healthy work / life balance for those who work at Beacon View Medical Centre.
As well as a source of information about our practice, the staff and the services we provide, we hope you will use this website as a useful resource for other health-related information. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like. We can use your ideas to improve our online services and further develop the content of this site.
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS across Gateshead and South Tyneside will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, if the public follows Public Health England advice.
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.
The Chief Medical Officer announced on Friday 13 March that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus (Covid-19).
The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature or
- a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here.
If you require an isolation note please click on the link below: Please note self-certificates are now valid for up to 14 days.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here.
Public Health England advice on social distancing for the public
We are advising those at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:
- Everyone aged 70 or older
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) by reducing the social interaction between people as outlined below
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic. This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.
If your child becomes unwell and you would like an urgent appointment then please contact the surgery and we will do our best to arrange a same day appointment or arrange for a clinician to speak to you - this could save you an unnecessary trip to A&E or a Walk in Centre.
MINOR AILMENT SCHEME
Pharmacists can give advice and in some cases treatment on a range of minor health problems without the need to see your GP. No appointment is necessary. Some of the common ailments included are:
- colds and flu * aches & pains
- coughs * allergies
- diarrhoea & vomiting * eye care
- earache * skin problems
- hay fever * stomach ache
- head lice
- nappy rash
- sore throat
- Athletes foot
If you are exempt from paying prescription charges - you will not have to pay for the medicine.
JOIN OUR PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP!
To register please pick up an application form at Reception.
The practice set up a Patient Participation Group (PPG) in 2011. To try to attract more patients to this group we decided to set up a Virtual PPG. Unfortunately the virtual group has not taken off in the way we hoped and it has been decided to return to the original format, meeting up 2-3 times a year. The aim of the group is to listen to patients views and work together to help improve the services we offer and inform patients how the practice works. All registered patients are welcome.
(Site updated 01/04/2020)