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 All Health Visitors appointments will be held at the Gosforth Clinic 9.30-12.30 on a Wednesday(However we still hold a baby clinic every Wednesday at Roseworth between 2-3.30pm where you are able to see the GP & Nurse) patients who wish to book future appointments need to book via telephone which can be done on the provided number 0191 2823023.

Gabapentin & Pregabalin are now classed as Controlled drugs/ medicines;they are controlled under the Misuse of the Drugs legislation.
They will be prescribed in quantities of no more than 28 days due to stricter legal controls to prevent them: being misused, being obtained illegally and causing harm.

The North of Tyne Prescribing Committee has designated Dihydrocodeine a “Red Drug” because of the extent of the risk of misuse in the general population and GPs can no longer prescribe it.



How to get the most out of the NHS:

Think Pharmacy First

As well as free medical advice, your local community pharmacy can now also provide free medication for some illnesses and minor ailments under a scheme called Think Pharmacy First. 

Freeing up appointments about warts, athletes foot, colds and more would allow your GP to spend more time tackling challenging problems.

Instead of waiting for an appointment, visit your local community pharmacy instead.

For the minor ailments listed below, your first port of call should be your local pharmacy. You can head in to whichever one is closest to you as every single pharmacy in the North East offers this service! The pharmacist will give you a brief consultation and diagnose you where appropriate. If you need medication, the pharmacist will offer you the cheapest possible treatment. If you usually pay for your prescriptions, the cost of the medication will be the cost of a standard prescription at the very most! Otherwise, if there is a cheap over the counter equivalent, the pharmacist will offer that first. All children under the age of 16 get free prescriptions.

¨ Aches and pains                                                        ¨ Diarrhoea

¨ Athletes foot                                                              ¨ Ear ache

¨ Back pain                                                                   ¨ Eczema or dermatitis

¨ Bites and stings                                                          ¨ Haemorrhoids

¨ Chicken pox                                                               ¨ Hay fever

¨ Colds                                                                          ¨ Mouth ulcers

¨ Cold sores                                                                  ¨ Nappy rash

¨ Conjunctivitis                                                             ¨ Teething

¨ Constipation                                                               ¨ Threadworm

¨ Cystitis in women                                                       ¨ Thrush

¨ Verruca's and warts

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