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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

Important – These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There is separate advice about staying at home if:

Symptoms and what to do

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Important – Call 111 for advice if you’re worried about a baby or child.

If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999.

Do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts.

Help the NHS respond to coronavirus

Use the quick NHS coronavirus status checker to tell us about your current experience of the virus.

This will help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus by showing where the virus is spreading and how it affects people.

Read general information such as:


Vaccines are now being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and immunisation (JCVI). The vaccines may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination service (led by GPs practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community.

You will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter from either your GP practice or the national booking system.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking you not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.

Please see the link below

Covid-19 vaccine information leaflet

Covid-19 Vaccine and pregnancy

If you are over the age of 80 and English is not your first language you can view some short videos in alternative languages to help you understand more about the coronavirus vaccine and what it means for you. These are recorded by GPs and are based on the patient leaflets produced by Public health England. These videos are available on YouTube.

Statement of Purpose

 The team at Silverdale Family Practice are committed to providing an efficient service for the local community. Our priorities are as follows:

  1. Timely access to a highly trained medical professional
  2. Holistic, patient-centred care, respecting diversity and patient confidentiality
  3. High quality care, based upon up-to-date evidence with an emphasis on patient safety
  4. Continuity of care within the friendly, supportive team from a trustworthy clinician


Silverdale Family Practice is a three partner practice looking after the health needs of the local area from within the health centre at South Hetton. We are proud of our record of  ensuring patients receive the very best care and service possible.

Appointments can often be made to see a doctor or nurse on the same day, although as we always ensure we give priority to urgent cases this is not always possible. Please see the appointments section for details of how to make an appointment.

We welcome registrations from new patients residing within our catchment area which includes many of the local villages, click here to view our catchment area. If you wish to register with us please complete this new patient questionnaire and bring it along to the practice with a form of ID (passport, driving licence, recent utility bill

New Patient Questionnaire – Adult

New Patient Questionnaire – Child

All of our patients have a named accountable GP, however patients are free to make appointments with and see whichever GP they wish .

Your Patient Record

We are now able to offer patients the option to view summary and read coded information of their patient record online, this compliments the existing options to book appointments and order repeat medication online. Please ask at reception if you would like to access this service.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site.

Making an appointment


As one of our patients you can make an appointment with the Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and Health Care Assistants in three ways…

  • By telephone on 0191 517 1055
  • Calling in at the surgery in person
  • Online by registering for the service (please call in person at the surgery to register) and using the button to the left of this message.

If you are too ill to attend the surgery you can request a home visit by telephoning the surgery on 0191 5171055 before 10.00am and asking to speak to a doctor. If you cannot be connected to a doctor immediately, the receptionist will take your telephone number and a doctor will call you back. We are happy to call mobiles if this is easier for you. The doctor will discuss your symptoms with you and decide on the most appropriate management for your condition. This may mean a house call or another course of action.

We now have extended access to healthcare professionals through the Primary Care Service, where patients can be seen throughout the day and on evenings and weekends please contact NHS111 or reception to book an appointment. This service is available at Peterlee, Easington and Seaham.

If you are confronted by a serious problem, such as acute chest pain or severe bleeding, call 999 for an ambulance before calling the surgery

If you have a mobile phone make sure we have your number and we will send a text message reminder of your appointment the day before

When telephoning for an appointment the receptionists may ask you for a few details, they have been trained to make these enquiries so that we can help you in the most appropriate way. Please be prepared to give as much detail as you can in order for us to ensure your appointment is with the most appropriate clinician.

If you are unable to keep your appointment please let us know and this will allow another patient to use it.

Wasted appointments cost the NHS and ultimately us all as tax payers millions of pounds every year…currently we average around 150 wasted appointments every month which we would like your help to reduce.

Repeat Prescriptions

Please allow 48 hours or 2 full working days when ordering a repeat prescription

Requests can be made…

  • By telephone after 11am  on 0191 517 1055
  • By calling in at the surgery and ordering with our reception staff
  • Online by registering for the service (please call in person at the surgery to register) and using the button to the left of this message.

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS service which we are now using. This service sends prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy you choose to get your medicines or appliances from.

Please see this information leaflet EPS Patient Leaflet

We would like to remind patients that you may collect prescriptions from whichever pharmacy you choose. There is no requirement for you to use the pharmacy located alongside us which is not connected to the practice in any way.  


Patient Participation Group

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic it is currently not possible for our patient participation group to meet.

Outside of this period our patient group meets once every three months to discuss the care and services we provide, how we provide them, ideas for new services and the promotion of health services within our practice area.


Our group members are all patients of the practice who have an interest in ensuring we deliver the best possible care and service to all our patients

New members

We are always on the lookout for new members, so please get in touch if you feel you would like to get involved.

For more information and resources on Patient Praticpation Groups please visit:



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