The Ambler

Amble's Community Newspaper: News & events from Amble in Northumberland – The Kindliest Port.

Catchup with Coquet Medical Group

As a regulator, the Care Quality Commission checks whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting essential standards of quality and safety.
Coquet Medical Group was recently found to be compliant in the following areas:
– respecting and involving people;
– care and welfare of people using services;
– safeguarding them from abuse;
– cleanliness and infection control;
– requirements relating to workers.
For more information or to see a full copy of the report speak to our receptionist or visit www.cqc.org.uk  or phone  CQC on:  03000 616161

Appointment reminders
We currently provide appointment reminders to the telephone numbers recorded on your computer records. If you do not have a mobile then we need your permission to send reminders to your landline number.
To help us minimise the number of Failed to Attends and therefore increase appointment availability, we would be grateful if you could check that your contact details are up to date the next time you make an appointment.  Thank you!

Staff Changes
We are very sorry to have to say goodbye to Dawn Lucas our receptionist and Pam Kus our secretary. Both have been with us for five years and we wish them the best for the future. Kymala Thornton is our new receptionist and is already proving to be a great asset to our team.
Our Practice Nurse Moya Mason has reduced her hours and Michelle James, also a Practice Nurse has increased her hours to compensate.
Rachel Nickson has recently joined the Health Visiting team and will be working three days a week. Lynn Douglas, District Nurse is currently providing maternity cover to the District Nursing team.

Professor Scott Wilkes MBChB FRCGP DRCOG FSRH PhD
In October 2013 Dr Scott Wilkes was appointed as Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at Sunderland University. He will spendthree days a week in his new role and two days a week as a GP Principal the practice.
In his academic work he is involved in many health service research projects, teaches Masters and PhD students and works for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). He has over 15 years experience as an NHS researcher, has worked on various committees, is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care,  and has delivered a number of BMJ Masterclass lectures throughout the UK.
His research interests include smoking cessation, thyroid disease, stroke and complex interventions.
The following link gives access to view his academic work.
http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/research/researchstaff/facultyofappliedsciences/pharmhealthw-bd/professorscottwilkes/

Carers need looking after too!
We are now keeping a register of carers.  Please let us have your details so we can add you to our list.
Thank you  to all our patients who have helped contribute to our second hand book sale at Amble Health Centre. So far we have raised £254 for Leukaemia Research and £132 for Children in Need.

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