Bariatric e-Referral service reminder

June 22nd 2017

Just a reminder that you can now refer patients into our bariatric surgery service at Monkseaton Medical Centre via e-Referral. These clinics are now available.

The service is made up of a team of three surgeons, Sean Woodcock, Keith Seymour and Jamie Brown, alongside nurse specialists and dietitians and a psychologist. These specialists work with patients in the months prior to, and following, their operation. All patients being considered for weight-loss surgery must demonstrate their commitment to a long-term lifestyle change.

The North of Tyne Bariatric and Metabolic Unit is a dedicated facility to specifically cater for the needs of patients undergoing care and treatment for weight problems.

Electronic discharge summary

June 22nd 2017

The extension of the current electronic discharge summary method has gone live this week. We are now sending the following documentation electronically to primary care:

Adult serious diagnosis notification – cancer diagnosis

Adult serious diagnosis notification – other diagnosis

Death notification (this will replace the current process of a telephone call)

Death summary document (completed as a follow up to the death notification document)

This will help ensure that you can see these documents within a matter of hours.

Please note however, that this will only apply to practices that are currently enabled to receive discharge summaries electronically. Those practices not presently enabled will continue to receive these documents via paper means.

If you have any queries, please contact the applications management team on 0191 349 9611 or by emailing

North Tyneside community nursing single point of access telephony

June 22nd 2017

GPs in North Tyneside may be aware that there has been a technical issue with the telephones at our community nursing single point of access which has meant that callers have not always known when they are in a queue.

We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible, and in the meantime if you or your patients are trying to contact us, please be assured that our call handlers are aware of your call and will answer it as soon as they can.

As an alternative you can contact us via email on or

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your continued patience.

North Tyneside Talking Therapies counselling services

June 22nd 2017

GPs in North Tyneside may be interested to know that from next month Talking Therapies counselling services in North Tyneside will be delivered jointly by Sunderland Counselling Service and Northumbria Healthcare.

The Talking Therapies service, which is delivered by Northumbria Healthcare, provides psychological assessment and treatment to adults who are registered with a North Tyneside GP who are suffering from common mental health problems.

Following a competitive tender process the counselling aspect of the service will be delivered jointly by Sunderland Counselling Service and the trust.

Sunderland Counselling Service is a north east based charity which has been in operation for more than 30 years, with extensive experience of providing a wide range of counselling services and talking therapies, including counselling in primary care and IAPT service provision.

We are working to make the transition as smooth as possible, and in most cases there will be no change to the arrangements for provision of counselling in GP practices.

For the small proportion of practices where a change to the current practice-based counsellor is anticipated, the Talking Therapies service will contact those practices individually to discuss the details of this arrangement.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact Claire Studholme, Service Manager, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Tyneside Talking Therapies on 0191 2952775