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Welcome to Skerne Medical Group

Between the hours of 18:00 and 08:00 including weekends and Bank Holidays, assistance is available from the out-of-hours service, please contact NHS 111.

There is  no longer a walk in service available at this surgery on a Saturday morning.  For emergency appointments every Saturday, Sunday and during Bank Holiday closures please contact NHS 111, who will direct you to your nearest available service one of which is Harbinson House, Sedgefield.

For further information relating to these services please press here to Find out more. For Information relating to Pharmacies that are open over the Holiday weekend in this area, please choose Darlington.doc or Durham.doc. For information relating to Hospitals and Dentists, please click on the Nhs Choices Icon at the bottom of this page. To find out about our Practice Values Find out more



In line with local guidance we will no longer routinely  prescribe antihistamines to help with the symptoms of hayfever. These products , such as loratadine or cetirizine, can be purchased quite cheaply from pharmacies and supermarkets.

General advice


Hayfever medications on prescription, for example antihistamines, costs the NHS more than if they were purchased from a supermarket or pharmacy. This is due to the cost of the medicine sometimes being higher for the NHS and because it also takes into account doctors’, practice administrative staff and pharmacists’ time to deal with appointments, generate prescriptions and dispense the medication.


Mild/moderate hayfever and allergic rhinitis have been included in the national guidance as they are classified as conditions suitable for self-care and can be treated with items that can easily be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy or supermarket.


Managing your hayfever

The severity of symptoms can vary, some people need medication to manage their symptoms and others can manage their condition by avoiding triggers. If treatment is needed a wide range of medications can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets without seeing a doctor. These medicines are often cheaper than medicines on prescription.

How can I avoid triggers?

  • Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am to 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm).

  • Avoid large grassy areas, woodland, cutting the grass, pollutants and car fumes.

  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses.

  • When you get in from outside wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes.

  • If possible stay indoors when the pollen count is high.

  • Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to block inhalation of pollen.

  • Keep your house clean and wear a mask and glasses when doing house work.

  • Don’t dry washing outside to avoid pollen sticking to your clothes.

  • You could buy a pollen filter for the air vents in the car.

Trimdon Village Surgery (update 5th September 2017)

We have made some progress in recruiting further clinical cover for the practice however the net position in the practice has not improved sufficiently to re-open Trimdon Village to its original hours.

To ensure we offer a safe, fair and equitable service to patients across all of our sites  in Sedgefield, Fishburn, Trimdon Colliery and Trimdon Village with our current clinical capacity, we will continue to re-distribute clinics to support the following opening hours:


Monday - Friday 08:30–13:00  14:00-18:00


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30-12:30, 14:00-18:00 and Wednesday 8:30-13:00

Closed Wednesday afternoons

Trimdon Colliery

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-12:30, 13:30-18:00

Closed Thursday

Trimdon Village

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 12:30

Looking at the longer term strategy for Skerne Medical Group, it has been agreed that a full public consultation across all 4 sites regarding how best to deliver services to our whole population with the clinical resources we have available, should now take place.

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the process to begin the public consultation and to ensure we do this properly, we will be working with the Durham Dales and Sedgefield  Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England. We will communicate with all patients in due course when the consultation process dates are agreed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We continue to try and provide the best service we can to all our patients across the practice area.

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(Site updated 10/07/2018)
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