Advice about Coronavirus

If you think you might have Coronavirus please DO NOT come to the practice.

NHS advise for anyone who may have contracted the virus is to stay at home, avoid contact with other people and call 111 for assistance.

Symptoms of Coronavirus include a cough, high temperature and feeling short of breath.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low.

For full information – including if you have recently returned from China or other specified areas – please visit the NHS website.

Welcome!

Welcome to our first Patient Participation Group (PPG) blog. If our blog is new, so too is our PPG. We are made up of patient and carer volunteers who have a keen interest in our new practice, its development and the services it provides.

Some of us were members of the PPGs at Holly Medical Group and The Surgery and some have just joined. We aim to cross barriers, embrace diversity and work in partnership with the practice to improve common understanding and help make sure patients’ needs – all of our needs – are fulfilled.

We held our first meeting with practice manager Vicky Watson in September and have met bi-monthly since. Our group aims to support the practice in putting the improved health and fitness of all its patients at the heart of everything Jesmond Health Partnership (JHP) does. 

Our PPG is a valuable platform to share our experiences of being a patient at the practice and to put forward our perspectives on what works well and how improvements can be made. It enables us – as the patient ‘voice’ – to play a key role in the development of our new practice. 

PPGs help to pull in people’s opinions and facilitate discussions between the practice and its patients – ultimately making its services better by shaping them to meet patients’ needs. 

As JHP begins to settle down after the complexities of the merger, we would like to encourage patients, who may have a bit of time to spare, to find out more about us, and what we do.

  • Do you have something to say but dont have the time to attend meetings?
  • Do you have ideas on how to improve our practice?

Then, you might like to consider joining us. For membership details, you can either download our PPG flyer below or visit the PPG section of the website by clicking here.

PPG Flyer PDF

However, if you would like to join in our conversation, in order to reach the widest group of patients, we are creating a safe, friendly outlet here for helpful, constructive ideas and comments. This blog and the initiation of an online forum will enable a new virtual patient group to help patients to work together with us and share ideas before presenting them to the practice.

Let us know what you think! You can reach us at: ppg@jesmondhealthpartnership.co.uk

Remember. It’s your GP practice. Join us and have your say!

Elizabeth Hammill, PPG Chair

Calling local tradespeople – can you help us?

Are you an experienced electrician, decorator, floorer or kitchen fitter, or can you recommend someone who is?

We’re keen to work with local tradespeople on some renovation projects at No. 17 Osborne Road, mainly focussing on the administration areas on the first floor.

If you’re a high-quality, reliable tradesperson with all relevant certification, we’d like to hear from you.

To get in touch, please send an email and your contact details for the attention of Dave Hall to ngccg.jesmondhealthpartnership@nhs.net.

If you are registered on websites such as CheckaTrade.com or RatedPeople.com, then please include a link to reviews of your work.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Vacancy: Receptionist/Administrator

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and organised person with excellent administrative/reception skills to join the team. The role can be full or part-time.

Visit the NHS Jobs page for full information.

Ideally with previous experience of a GP surgery, the successful candidate will be a skilled communicator and multitasker, a team player and have a caring, empathetic approach to customer service.

Applications are open until Thursday 23rd January, and need to be submitted through the NHS Jobs page at this link.

Job Vacancy: ANP or ECP

We have an opening for experienced, enthusiastic Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Emergency Care Practitioner to join our Acute Care team.

To find out more and apply, click here.

The individual may be an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Care Practitioner or a Paramedic Practitioner, preferably with experience of working within Primary Care. 

Applications are welcomed by 24th January 2020, and must be submitted directly through the NHS jobs page at this link.