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General Practice Extraction Service

NHS Digital has been collecting data from GPs through its trusted General Practice Extraction Service.  This system is now being replaced with their new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service, a broader general-purpose collection which will enable faster access to pseudonymised patient data for planners and researchers.  The data collection was planned to begin on 1st July but this has now been delayed to 1 September 2021.  NHS Digital released a statement last month and have provided a public advice webpage.

If you do nothing, by default you opt-in to this collection.  If you would like to opt out you can do so by registering a Type 1 Opt Out Form, filling it out and handing it in to our reception before the 1 September 2021.

Latest news - COVID vaccination status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  • the NHS website 
  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

COVID vaccination update 25th June 2021

In the UK 2 types of COVID-19 vaccine are being currently used. Both require 2 doses to provide the best protection and have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials.

Response to COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca media reports

COVID-19 vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca and blood clotting

Recently there have been reports of an extremely rare but serious condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccination.  The national committee which recommends on vaccines has therefore recommended that patients under 40 years are no longer offered this vaccine for their first dose. If you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine without suffering this rare side effect you should still complete the course with the AZ vaccine for your second dose, even if you are under 40.  For more information please see


We are currently delivering the covid vaccination programme in collaboration with other GP practices within our Primary Care Network (PCN).  All patients identified in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance will be offered an appointment.

If you have not received your 2nd COVID vaccine and it is at least 8 weeks since your 1st vaccine please contact us on 01740 620300.

Individuals displaying COVID-19 symptoms should arrange a COVID test via and stay at home along with all other household members (self-isolate) for 10 days.

NOTE: We cannot test for COVID 19.

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We are facing extremely high demand for our services and you may experience a longer telephone queue when contacting us, when your call is answered please;

  • Press 1 to speak to a receptionist (for appointments, prescription requests (please telephone after 9:30am), blood results)

Appointments continue to be via an initial telephone consultation, from this triage the clinician may ask you to attend the surgery for a face to face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Those who did attend a Face to Face appointment we thank you for keeping your appointments and we apologise to those patients who were not able to receive a Face to Face appointment due to the amount of patients who Did Not Aattend for their booked appointment.

Contact Details It is really important you update us if you change your address, telephone number(s) or email address so you can receive information by letter, text message or email. 

Please use NHS 111 online to try to self manage first. 

Please register for online services which allow you to order repeat medications, make telephone appointments and cancel appointments you no longer require, this service is available 24/7. 

To arrange to use the services, please call the surgery, and one of our Reception Team will be able to set it up for you. You will receive a unique username and password (please keep them secure). The website is . There is also an app, SystmOnline which can be downloaded on iOS (Apple) or Android devices. 

For patients who are unable to use online tools, all self care measures have been exhausted or your symptoms are worsening or you have a significant health concern, please call the surgery. 


Prescription orders placed online will be processed during working hours (8am-6pm) and electronically transferred to your nominated pharmacy.  We can also automatically transfer prescriptions for repeat dispensing (for patients who are stable on suitable medications). 

In order to reduced the volume of printed prescriptions, wherever possible prescriptions will be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy. 

Please allow a little longer than the normal 48 hours for pharmacies to prepare prescriptions during the current pandemic.

PLEASE DO NOT ORDER ANY MORE THAN YOUR USUAL PRESCRIPTION REQUIREMENTS - this is NHS guidance to protect continuity of supplies for everybody.



This service allows patients to consult with NHS GPs by completing a quick online form.  The service also directs patients to self-help, pharmacy advice and local self-referral services.  Click on the picture below to get started (please note this service does not guarantee liaison with a particular GP).



Veterans' Support

Find Support for Veterans in Your Local Area via -

Connect veterans and their families with a range of local support organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector. The services have been grouped into categories such as Education and Training, Employment, Finances etc.

Navigate through the categories to find the support you need, or use the search function by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the map toolbar;

  • On the map home screen, the search function searches all organisations in the directory.
  • When you have a category open, the search function searches all data within that category



Public Consultation outcome

At the Primary Care Committee on 21/1/20 Option 1 was fully approved.  This enables Skerne Medical Group to remain in and extend Harbinson House surgery, Sedgefield, remain in and extend Trimdon Colliery surgery and ultimately to close Fishburn surgery. Work on this option will now be progressed.

When we're closed - 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.

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

Accessible Information Standard

If you, or anyone you know, has a communication difficulty and needs information in a different format, e.g. large text or easy read, please let us know.   For more information about the accessible information standard, please visit NHS England's website:


(Site updated 19/07/2021)
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