Supplementary Privacy Notice on COVID-19


The Practice will be closed on Monday 31st May and will reopen on Tuesday 1st June. If you require medical advice please contact NHS 111.

Please note the surgery will be closed for Staff Training on the following dates;

Wednesday 19th May 2021, 12.30pm - 6pm

Thursday 24th June 2021, 12.30pm - 6pm

Wednesday 21st July, 12.30pm - 6pm

Wednesday 18th August, 12.30pm - 6pm

Thursday 23rd September, 12.30pm - 6pm

If you require medical attention please contact NHS 111.



As many of you may know the Covid vaccination programme is now underway. The vaccinations are currently being offered at the Richardson Community Hospital in Barnard Castle via our PCN. Our staff are working through the cohorts of patients and inviting these in turn to arrange appointments;

  • Those aged over 80 years, living in a care home or frontline health care worker
  • Those aged over 75 years
  • Those aged over 70 years
  • Adults on the NHS Shielded patient list
  • Those aged over 65 years
  • Adults under 65 years with long term conditions, adults who provide regular care for an elderly or disabled person or younger adults in long stay nursing and residential settings
  • Those aged 50-64 will be offered it later.

We would ask that patients do not contact the practice to request an appointment.

The practice continues to limit the number of patients in the waiting room at any time. We have also reduced and limited the seating within the waiting room. However if you need to sit down whilst waiting to be seen please notify a member of staff.

Clinic arrangements unchanged with initial GP contact being via telephone.

IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT attend the surgery if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are awaiting results of a Covid Swab. We have seen an increase in patients coming down and trying to enter the premises when they should be isolating.




This is a precautionary measure in relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please refer to our 'Opening Times' page for more information relating to appointments.

**Wherever possible please contact the surgery by telephone for any general enquiries or to request a repeat prescription**


Please contact the surgery through "econsult" or call reception and ask for a telephone call back with a GP. We envisage being able to resolve many problems in this manner, however, please be assured that if the GP needs to see you face to face, they will advise you of this on the call and book you in appropriately.


We have made this decision as a precautionary measure to keep our patients and team members safe.


We appreciate your understanding, Old Forge


Our receptionists are here to help you get to the right service. Please don't be offended if they ask what the problem is when you call to make an appointment. The receptionist might suggest other professionals that could help you such as: Opticians, Pharmacist, Nurse, Family Services or Support Groups. Thank you for your co-operation with this.


Please answer the questions in the short questionnaire to enable us to assess your alcohol consumption rate and offer advice if necessary.

Alcohol Consumption Questionnaire

Alcohol - Not the Answer”

Many people have found themselves drinking more during the pandemic – and at levels that can harm health.


It is more important than ever before to look after our mental wellbeing and physical health – and cutting back on alcohol can help us do that.


Alcohol can be more harmful than you realise and just a couple of glasses a night can put you at greater risk.


Drinking no more than 14 units a week helps keep risks from alcohol low.


Immune system:

  • Alcohol use, especially heavy use, can weaken the immune system and can reduce the ability to cope with infectious diseases such as coronavirus
  • Alcohol will not stimulate immunity and virus resistance – it will not destroy the virus

From the World Health Organisation


Cancer: alcohol raises the risks of at least seven types of cancer – of the breast, bowel, mouth, larynx, oesophagus, upper throat and liver. See more at


Heart: Drinking can have a harmful effect on your heart. Alcohol can cause abnormal heart rhythms and damage to the heart muscle. See more information about alcohol and cardiovascular disease from the British Heart Foundation.


Stroke: alcohol can increase the risk of stroke, even if you don’t drink very large amounts. If you’ve had a stroke, alcohol could increase your risk of another stroke. This is because alcohol contributes to a number of medical conditions that are risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight, an irregular heartbeat and liver damage. See more information about alcohol and stroke from the Stroke Association


Blood pressure: Regularly drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels which can lead to other serious health conditions. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke. More than 1 in 4 adults nationally are living with high blood pressure. See more information about alcohol and hypertension from the Stroke Association


Mental health

Alcohol is sometimes used by people to try and help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, but excessive drinking is likely to make those symptoms worse. Managing your drinking and getting the right support are crucial to good mental health. See Alcohol Change.

About 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

And also:


Liver: Drinking too much alcohol over a long period of time means the liver doesn’t get a chance to recover. This can result in serious and permanent damage. Alcohol is the leading cause of liver disease in the UK, which is the biggest killer of 35 to 49-year olds[iv].



Many people aren’t sure about the number of calories in their drinks but reducing your drinking is an important way to help you lose weight.


Being overweight can lead to many serious health conditions and can increase your risk of heart and circulatory diseases such as heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Visit


Social distancing: Alcohol can blur the lines when it comes to social distancing. It is more important than ever to keep track of our drinking to protect ourselves and others.


Cutting back:

If you reduce your drinking, your body and mind will thank you.


Reducing your drinking can reduce your risks, do wonders for your waist-line and bank balance and generally make you feel lots better in yourself.


Staying within 14 units a week is the best thing we can all do to keep our risks from alcohol low to stay healthy right now. Fourteen units a week means around six pints of regular strength beer or lager, six standard glasses of wine or seven double 25ml measures of spirits.


Taking more drink free days is a good way to cut down. Having days where you don’t drink can help your body recover and break the cycle of daily drinking. The Drink Free Days app can help


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