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.
COVID RESTRICTIONS - 19th July 2021
Throughout the pandemic we have continued seeing patients face to face in line with government and public health guidance. We have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than pre-covid through face to face, phone, e-consult and video, not to mention helping to vaccinate the local population.
On the 19th July COVID restrictions are coming to an end. However masks and social distancing rules will remain mandatory in all healthcare settings beyond 19 July, NHS England has confirmed.
We do understand how frustrating this can be, however currently the COVID infection rate in Gateshead is extremely high. So for the safety of our patients and staff we request face masks are worn, social distancing is maintained and to use hand sanitisers provided while in the surgery. Staff will also continue to wear PPE. We are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe as possible for ALL patients and staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the NHS App, a simple and secure way to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP health record, view your Covid-19 vaccination status and more. Go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp for more information.
LETTER SHOWING YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS - Please click on the link below - Do not contact the GP surgery
For the latest guidance on who is eligible for the Covid vaccine please click on the link below
Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 please stay at home. 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.
Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here. If your symptoms get worse visit the NHS 111 online service.
How data in your GP record is used and how you can control the use (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:
- To provide you with care. This is called “Primary Use“
- 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:
How data in your GP record is used, and how you can control the use
Primary Use - sharing your data for your direct care
Who it is shared with
How it is used
How to opt out
Summary Care Record
These are used by NHS hospitals and other providers (e.g. midwives) to ensure they have the data needed to provide you with the right care.
Opt out through your GP practice - contact the surgery reception to speak to the practice manager/deputy practice manager to discuss this and we will be able to apply the opt-out
Great North Care Record
Secondary Use - Using your data to design health services and do health research
Who it is shared with
How it is used
How to opt out
Local NHS Organisations (such as Clinical Commissioning Groups)
Using data to plan how to design local services around the needs of the population
Use a 'type-1 opt out' - Please send this form to the practice by emailing to NGCCG.A85026@nhs.net
Using data to plan and design national services around the needs of the population
External research organisations
Using data for various research purposes
Use the National Data Opt-out – Visit the NHS website, use the NHS App or call 0300 3035678
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:
- Go to Your health
- Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
- Select Make your choice.
- Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
- View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
- Update your choice, then select Submit.
You can also visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.
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.
The surgery will be closed for staff training on the following afternoons during 2021 - Wednesday, 17th March. Wednesday, 19th May. Thursday, 17th June. Thursday, 15th July. Tuesday, 7th September. Wednesday, 13th October. Tuesday, 16th November.
(Site updated 19/07/2021)