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Welcome to Skerne Medical Group

Message to Patients

Skerne Medical Group are now experiencing the forecasted clinical workforce pressures. Reduced availability of clinical staff means we are providing appointments at Sedgefield and Trimdon Colliery throughout the week however at the Fishburn site there is reduced availability, which will vary from week to week, according to our clinical staffing levels. 

As a patient of Skerne Medical Group you can attend whichever surgery (Sedgefield, Fishburn or Trimdon Colliery) an appointment is available. A member of the reception team will be happy to advise you about available appointments across the practice  and we will do our very best to accommodate you at a convenient time.

If you or your family are facing problems getting appointments or having difficulties travelling to other branches, please let us know by emailing the details of your issues to the practice at or by ringing the practice on 01740 620300.

Skerne Medical Group begins public consultation on future site options


Skerne Medical Group (SMG) has announced details of a public consultation process to consult with its patients about the future of the practice. During a series of events in July and August, we will share details of options for the premises from which the practice delivers its GP and other primary care services. The process is the latest stage of a comprehensive review of all SMG services that began in 2018, designed to secure the long-term viability of the practice.


We undertook an extensive public engagement process from October to December 2018, during which we outlined the challenges we were facing due to a reduction in the number of GPs and partners, and in the context of the ongoing national recruitment and retention crisis in the sector. Prominent among the reasons that potential candidates had cited for not joining the practice, was the fact that the group was split across multiple sites.


We have reviewed potential scenarios for the longer-term with Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG) and NHS England. The scenarios seek to identify a sustainable future for the practice and the options explored have included locations across the whole practice area, taking into account the diverse needs of patients, ongoing recruitment challenges and financial implications. To ensure openness and transparency in the public consultation process, each scenario will be presented during the seven events in July and August. 


The public consultation will begin on 26th June 2019 and run for eight weeks. Details of the public events are as follows:




Tuesday 9 July

Sedgefield Parish Hall


Thursday 25 July

Fishburn Community Centre


Friday 26 July

Trimdon Station Community Centre


Sunday 4 August

Trimdon Village Hall


Tuesday 6 August

Sedgefield Parish Hall


Saturday 10 August

Fishburn Community Centre


Monday 12 August

Trimdon Grange Community Centre



For further information on the Premises Scenarios and supporting information, please see the Practice Consultation tab along the top of this page.

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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

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(Site updated 11/07/2019)
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