Roles of District Nurse

Every GP in Newcastle has an allocated team of community nurses led by a specially-qualified district nurse. Together with the evening and night nursing teams they provide a 24 hours service to patients, 365 days a year.

What does the service do

  • They provide a stilled high quality assessment
  • Stilled clinical care and health promotion
  • They work in partnership with patients , other health professionals and social settings.

Other services they provide

  • Promote independence
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long term condition management
  • Palliative care and end of life care
  • Continence management
  • Wound management
  • Public health
  • Health promotion

Roles of the Practice Midwife

The practice midwife is involved very early women’s care. Soon after confirmation of pregnancy she will see women for a booking interview at the GP Surgery.

This will determine if the pregnancy is uncomplicated (low risk) and can be co-ordinated  by the midwife.

If the pregnancy is complex (high risk) the woman will be referred to consultant care, the midwife will still see all women throughout pregnancy even if they consultant care.

The midwife will co ordinate access to antenatal classes for preparation, for labour & birth, basic parenting skills and infant feeding.

The practice midwife can be contacted with any queries throughout the pregnancy and if the woman is having a home birth she would attend for that if possible, the midwife will also see the women when they return home from hospital following birth for a minimum of 10 days and up to 28 days.

Roles of the Primary Care Navigator

The Newcastle Primary Care Navigation Service launched on the 31st July 2017, Michael Waugh is the Primary Care Navigator at Throckley, Michael has a background in mental health work and will be at the practice on a Friday. He aims to guide people 18 years and over who require guidance and support with any of the following:

  • Financial (eg money/debt advice)
  • Housing (eg housing advice, at risk of homelessness or are homeless)
  • Lifestyle (eg diet and exercise)
  • Social (eg isolation and loneliness)
  • Mobility (eg falls and frailty)
  • General advice/information (specify)

Patients can be referred by any member of the team, please contact the practice for more information.

Roles of the Ways to Wellness Team.

The Ways to Wellness team is at the practice on a Thursday and ran by Julie & Ash, this is a service for people whose daily lives are affected by certain long-term health conditions (COPD, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease and osteoporosis). GPs and their primary care teams use social prescribing to refer patients to the service. Ways to Wellness adds to and complements the medical support that people receive, to help them feel more confident to manage their long-term conditions and make positive lifestyle choices.

Each service user is given a Link Worker, who helps them to identify and work to overcome their current barriers to managing their long-term conditions. The Link Workers work with participants to produce an agreed action plan, which may include one or more of the following:

  • getting involved in local groups and activities
  • developing positive relationships
  • accessing specialist services and support
  • healthy eating and cooking
  • getting more active
  • getting support around benefits and welfare rights

For more information please contact the practice.