You may be aware that there is a national shortage of blood sample bottles. We have recieved instructions from NHS England that non essential blood tests will need to be postponed. If you have an appointment for a blood test in the next week or so, please keep your appointment unless you are notified otherwise. We will be checking through all the appointments for blood tests and will contact patients who need to rebook. This is a situation beyond our control and we thank you for your patience and understanding.


We will shortly be adding our flu clinics to be available to book online.
If you are eligible, you will receive a text asking you to book, you can either do this online or by contacting the surgery. To check if you are eligible, you can click here

To be able to book online you can download the NHS app here. here

A video demonstrating the app can be seen here

You can still phone the surgery if you prefer. We will update you as soon as we confirmation of the clinic dates

The BMA (British Medical Association) recommends infection control measures remain in place in healthcare settings.   We will therefore continue to ask staff and patients to wear masks/face coverings.  This is to protect vulnerable patients and staff, particularly with increasing COVID numbers nationally and locally.

We will continue to adhere to social distancing in our waiting rooms.

Thank you for our cooperation.
QE GP Practices


“As a practice we recommend the NHSApp to access our online services.  The NHSApp can be downloaded from the Apple and Google App Stores. Other online access apps created by private developers are available and many offer additional options, which might include appointments with private providers. The practice has no control over the content of these apps, does not endorse any private services. The practice does not profit from any apps. “

Share your thoughts and help us build a better website


We’re working with other GP practices across Newcastle and Gateshead on an exciting new project to make our websites better for patients.

By telling us what you think, you can help us build new, modern, engaging websites that are easier to use, and prioritise what is important to you.

We’d like as many patients as possible to be involved. Will you spare 10 minutes to share your thoughts?

Even before COVID, we were all living more and more of our lives online. Being connected to the internet gives us all instant access to a world of information and services.

The NHS is no different – with a wide range of quick, efficient and informative online services. Many people prefer the speed and easy access, but we know for others, finding the information or the right service in the first place can be difficult.

This project is about making it easier for more people to get quicker, better access to their GP and the wider NHS.

As your GP Practice, our website needs to have the features and functions that you want, and be written and styled in a way that you like. That’s why we’re asking for your opinions and ideas.

Take the survey and tell us how you like to use the internet, what websites and apps you like – or don’t – and why. What makes you go back to a site regularly, or what annoys you most? How do you want your GP’s website to sound – friendly or formal? Matter of fact or with a bit of personality?

All of these things will help us develop websites that are suited to your needs and preferences.

Follow the link to complete the survey, it should only take about 10 minutes.

We want the results to represent all patients. So please feel free to share this survey with your friends, family and any local community groups you might be involved in. Everyone who uses our services has their own ideas and perspective to add.

As a thank you for your time, when you submit your completed survey, we’ll enter you into a prize draw. Each week we’ll pick a lucky winner to receive a £50 gift card.

Just remember to add your name and email address if you would like to be entered into the draw. None of your information or answers will be used to identify you. You’ll only be contacted if you win a prize. No information will be passed to anyone outside the NHS


Covid vaccinations for the over 70’s (groups 1-4)

If you are over 70 OR classed as extremely vulnerable (groups 1-4) and haven’t yet been offered an appointment for your covid vaccination, please contact the surgery so we can get you booked in.



Covid vaccinations for the housebound patients

We are working with the community nursing team to vaccinate all the housebound patients.  We are working through our lists and will be in touch.


Covid-19 vaccination clinic information for patients

This video will help show patients how the clinic at Blaydon will operate. If you have not recieved your appointment yet, please do not worry, we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Blaydon Covid-19 vaccination clinic



Dear patients,


The surgery is currently working with a number of other local Gateshead practices to support the COVID-19 Vaccine Programme.


A single hub site has been nominated by each group of surgeries to deliver a mass vaccination programme within their network area. The details for our nominated site are currently being worked through and as soon as we have further information we will share this with you. The hub site for Grange Road, Crawcrook, Rowlands Gill and Blaydon surgeries will be at Blaydon Primary Care Centre, Shibdon Road.


The priority is to vaccinate our patients as safely and as efficiently as possible whilst at the same time keeping GP services operational and safe too. We expect to be asked to give the vaccine at short notice with rules about who can have the injection first. We may need the support of the community to bring patients to the hubs to receive their vaccine.


The practice will do its best for you, but we ask that you please do not call the surgery to book a COVID-19 vaccination yet. We will inform you as soon as we are able to offer your cohort (as decided by NHS England) the vaccine, with details on how to arrange an appointment.


This work may affect our clinical team’s ability to sustain a full level of day to day services and could possibly lead to delays or cancellation of clinics.

Thank you to all our patients for your continued support.



Several members of our clinical and non-clinical team have tested positive for Covid-19. This has resulted in a significant reduction in staffing and there may be a delay in responding to calls. If your call is non-urgent, please use the econsult service on our website.

Please be assured that, in line with national guidance and in consultation with Public Health England, all patients who have visited the practice recently have been consulted by staff wearing full PPE and should be reassured that there is no risk of cross-infection.

Whilst the practice remains closed this week for face to face appointments, please note that our clinicians are working hard remotely to continue to meet the needs of our patients.

We are now pleased to be able to advise that the practice will re-open on Monday 5th October and all our sites will resume appointments via telephone, or face to face as appropriate.

The building has undergone a deep clean and our core Rowlands Gill practice team are all able to start to return to work with effect from Monday.

As stated previously we have not had any incidences of Covid 19 amongst our staff at Blaydon, Crawcrook and Grange Road.

A big thank you to all of our patients, for your patience and continued support, it is much appreciated.


*****FLU CLINICS****

Please see the dates and times below for flu clinics at the surgeries. Those who qualify are over 65’s, pregnant patients, younger children  and those with chronic diseases. Click on this link to see a more comprehensive list of those eligible

Children at school will be vaccinated by the school nurses, the surgeries will see the 2 and 3 year olds, and any child with a chronic disease. Children will be given appointments with the Practice Nurse

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Please contact the surgery for an appointment. Making the clinics covid safe is a huge undertaking due to the number of patients needing a vaccine. You can help us by not attending more than a few minutes early for your appointment time to avoid overcrowding and wearing a face covering when inside the surgery building. Please note that we will not be able to address any other issue during a flu clinic as we have to keep the flow of patients moving through to avoid a build up of waiting patients.


Thursday 24th September @Blaydon
Thursday 24th September @Crawcrook
Thursday 24th September @Grange Road
Thursday 24th September @Rowlands Gill
Saturday 3rd  October @ Blaydon
Saturday 10th October @ Crawcrook
Saturday 17th October @ Rowlands Gill
Saturday 24th October @ Grange Road




How the surgery is keeping covid-19 secure  staying-covid-19-secure-accessible – Medicus

Further services and information:

A video about accessing healthcare during the pandemic can be found here

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you are worried about a child, even if you are unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support

Childline 0800 1111: Offers free,confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry

MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’.

YoungMinds: Supporting children with young people an their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self isolation and anxiety about coronavirus

ICON: Babies cry: You can cope.

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