Pregabalin and Gabapentin to be reclassified as schedule 3 controlled drugs as per 1st April 2019.

by Liesl Crowe-Broekhuijsen

Prescription drugs Pregabalin and Gabapentin are to be reclassified as schedule 3 controlled drugs from the 1st April 2019. The move comes after experts highlighted rising numbers of fatalities linked to the drugs. The change means it will be illegal to possess Pregabalin and Gabapentin without a prescription and it will be illegal to supply or sell them to […]

Welcome!

by Liesl Crowe-Broekhuijsen

We would like to welcome our two new registrars to the Branch End Team! Dr Katie Rinne and Dr Nick Collins will be with us till August. We would like to wish our previous registrars Dr Neil Devlin and Dr Julia Pennington all the best in their future career.    

January – Did Not Attend Appointments

by Liesl Crowe-Broekhuijsen

In January we had a total of 45 wasted GP appointments. We appreciate that people lead increasingly busy lives and can overlook doctor’s appointments, but we feel obliged to keep advertising these numbers, as we could have used this lost appointment time to see other patients, had we been given adequate notice. It is extremely […]

Health watch Northumberland Survey – Have your say

by Liesl Crowe-Broekhuijsen

In February and March, Healthwatch Northumberland conducts its annual survey asking the people of Northumberland their views on all aspects of health and social care. This gives them valuable information about where to focus their work. Healthwatch will share this information in their annual report so that service providers can reflect, gain an insight into public opinion and improve […]