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Face coverings update

In keeping with the latest update to Government guidelines, we ask that any patients or visitors attending the Surgery please wear a face covering whilst in the building, unless you have a medical exemption that prevents you from doing so. This will help protect our patients and staff. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Alcohol Causes Cancer Campaign

If you drink alcohol, how do your drinks add up? And are they putting your health at risk?

Most of us know that smoking causes cancer. But a worrying new survey shows only 1 in 3 people in the North East know that alcohol also causes cancer such as bowel, breast, mouth and throat cancer. It is estimated that 4 in10 adults in the North East, or 855,000 people, are drinking above Chief Medical Officers’ low-risk guidelines of no more than 14 units per week, raising their risk.

It’s not just heavy drinkers who are affected. Even small amounts of alcohol, drunk regularly, can increase the risk of cancer. And any type of alcohol can cause cancer... whether it is wine, beer or spirits. Drinking regularly can also damage the liver and raise our risk of heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension) and stroke. It can lead to us gaining weight and increase the risk of anxiety and depression.

The best way to reduce your risk is to cut down. Visit Alcohol causes cancer - Reduce My Risk  try the alcohol units quiz, and download the free Try Dry app to track your units, calories and money saved when you cut down or cut out alcohol.

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Bliss=ability Newsletter

Please see the latest Bliss=ability Newsletter for November 2021 by following the link below

Bliss ability Newsletter November 2021

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

November is men’s health month   and a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of a health condition than predominantly affects men.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAAs) mainly affect men aged 65 or over. They are a bulge or swelling in the tummy area of the aorta, which is the main artery, that supplies blood to the body. They often have no obvious symptoms so you wouldn’t feel any different or know if you had one. If the aneurysms aren’t detected and continue to grow they can burst, which can be life threatening.

Men are invited to have an ultrasound scan, in the year they turn 65. The screening test is very quick, painless and reliable. It is the most effective way to see if you have an AAA and research suggests it can half the risk of dying from a ruptured AAA. Results are given on the day, straight after the scan.

The North East and North Cumbria Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme is hosted by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead but screens men in clinics local to where they live.

If you receive an invitation please don’t ignore it. It could save your life!

If you have received an appointment that isn’t suitable, you can change it by contacting your local screening service on: 0191 445 8747

Click this link to find out more:


Click this link to watch a short video

Phone lines

Our phone lines are now back up and working. We expect they will be busy so please bear with us. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Phone line problems

Unfortunately we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone lines. We are looking into this matter. Please bear with us. However if your call cannot wait please contact the practice mobile on 07740 297902 or email us on
Thank you for your understanding in advance

Latest Covid-19 advice for clinically extremely vulnerable patients

Follow this link to find out the Government's latest advice for those patients classed as clinically extremely vulnerable

Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - GOV.UK (

New chat based Counselling for adults-Qwell

Qwell is a chat-based counselling and self-help digital platform for adults. Visit to sign up and find out more

Qwell sign up information

Important information with effect from Monday 19 July 2021

Although no longer a legal requirement from 19 July 2021 we respectfully ask that all patients continue to wear a face mask or covering (unless exempt) while visiting the practice and continue to socially distance.
Patients who refuse to wear a mask may be asked to wait outside until they are called in. We do understand this is frustrating, but we have a duty to protect sick or vulnerable patients and our staff. Some patients cannot receive the covid vaccination due to medical reasons and we want to keep everyone safe.
Our staff will continue to wear face masks and PPE to ensure patient safety.
Thank you for your understanding

New local Veterans support service now available

New local support service available for patients with an Armed Forces connection. Visit our veterans page to find out more

Vaccine passports - How to prove vaccination status

There are only two ways to get a Vaccine Passport, download the #NHSApp from Google Play or the iOS App Store to get your Vaccine Passport.

If you do not have a smartphone, or are unable to connect to the internet, as long as you’ve had two doses of the vaccine you can receive a paper copy by ringing 119 and one will be posted to you within five working days.

Image on how to prove vaccination status

Sexual Health Services Update

Please visit our sexual health services page for the latest update on South Tyneside Sexual Health Services and their latest service map


The 0-19 School Nursing Service are delighted to announce the introduction of ChatHealth a confidential text messaging service for young people aged 11-19 enabling them to access a school nurse for advice, support or signposting.
Chat Health poster

Proof of Covid vaccine 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 from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores If you cannot access this online service, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive. When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
  • This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Age Concern Launch new Balance and Stability Class

Click on the link below to view more details

Balance and Stability Classes

It's Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and the theme is nature. South Tyneside has a wealth of walks, cycle routes and nature trails that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Find out more at Visit South Tyneside.

Family discovery trails

South Tyneside Walks

South Tyneside Heritage Trail

The Change4life Champions have compiled an electronic resources pack for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. It contains general mental health resources on subjects such as sleep, as well as useful contact details of where help is available. Email to request a pack or visit to find out more.

For more guides and information on how to support and manage your Physical and Mental Health, visit our Clinics and Services page.

This week is Type 2 Diabetes Prevention week

Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes, but certain factors can increase your risk.

The older you are, the more at risk you are of developing the condition.

You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with the condition.

People from Black Caribbean, Black African and South Asian backgrounds are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Other factors including weight, high blood pressure also increase your risk.

Finding out your risk only takes a few minutes using the Diabetes UK risk tool – it could be the most important thing you do today.Visit

World Asthma Day - Tuesday 4th May 2021

Trinity Medical Centre are supporting World Asthma Day today. If you, or someone in your family, has symptoms you are worried could be related to Asthma, please contact us for advice and support.

View the link below to find out what Asthma is, signs and symptoms to look for, information on inhalers and tips on managing childen's asthma

World Asthma Day information

Bank Holiday Weekend

We will be closed this Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May 2021 and will re-open on Tuesday 6th May at 8.15am. If you need medical advice over the weekend you can call 111 or visit


When you are eligible for your COVID vaccination you will receive a text message with a link to invite you to book your vaccination. Please be assured that this message is a genuine message from the practice. You will also receive this text to book in for your second dose.

Your text message will look like this:

Dear Mrs TEST,

You have been invited to book your

COVID-19 vaccinations.

Please click the link to book your vaccination times:

If you do not have a registered telephone number the practice will contact you via letter to invite you to book your vaccination.

Pharmacy Opening Times over Easter

Please click on the link below for local pharmacy opening hours over the Easter weekend

It’s #NoSmokingDay on 10th March 2021!

4 in 10 smokers plan to make 2021 the year they quit for good. Are you joining them? Quit today and make 2021 the year you

  • Feel fitter
  • Save money
  • Breathe easier
  • Improve your mood

Make quitting less stressful with the right support - contact the Surgery to book an appointment with our Stop Smoking Adviser or visit


Tyneside MIND launch new support helpline

Tyneside and Northumberland Mind have launched a new support line from 08.00am until 8.00pm every weekday until 31st March 2021.


They will provide a friendly voice and listening ear on the end of a phone.

Please call (0191) 4774545 or visit 

Spotting Cancer early saves lives

Spotting cancer early saves lives. We’re supporting @NorthernCancer’s awareness campaign which is urging people to speak to their GP if they are worried about any signs or symptoms of #cancer. #HelpUsHelpYou


Find out more:

New Mental Health Parent and Carer Peer Support Group

A new parent/carer group is starting in South Tyneside.  The sessions are aimed at those parents/carers of children and young people who have experienced difficulties with their mental/emotional health and who may have accessed services either now, or in the past. Visit our Parent's of under 5's section to find out more

Support and advice for parents and carers of new babies

Visit our section for Parents of under 5's to find useful videos and a link to Icon to access additional support for parents and carers of new babies

Help and Support available for clinically extremely vulnerable people

Please click on the link people to access a leaflet provided by South Tynesdie Council providing information and available support for people classed as clinically extremely vulnerableHelp and support available for clinically extremely vulnerable people

COVID information line available for refugees and asylum seekers. 

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Infoline contact details Urdu

Important information if you're self-isolating at home

Please follow this link for useful information for any patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home.

Important Information if isolating at home

Covid Christmas Message

Covid doesn’t stop for Christmas, make sure you stay safe! Here’s an important message from your local NHS:

Covid 19 vaccination Programme

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.

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

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

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

Thank you

Flu vaccinations for people aged 50-64

This winter, the NHS has the largest flu vaccination programme ever with vaccination now being offered to those aged 50 to 64 years old. If you are aged 50 to 64 years old (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2021) you will be invited to attend the surgery for the vaccine or you may contact any pharmacy offering NHS flu vaccinations.

If you have a long-term health condition that puts you more at risk from flu, you are in one of the priority groups who should not delay getting the vaccine.

Click this link to find out more

Over 50s extended flu programme

Do it for yourself Campaign

We are proud to support the #DoItForYourself campaign launched this week to raise awareness of lung cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. Don't delay! If you've had a cough for more than three weeks then contact us to speak to a GP. See our Cancer page for more details.

Improve your digital skills and confidence with free online courses

We are all aware that a large chunk of society are digitally excluded and don't know how to use their devices safely or how to get the most out of them. At this time of year, this can make people feel even more isolated, therefore Media Savvy have developed a range of FREE sessions that could help:


  • Digital Skills For Beginners: Basics
  • Digital Skills For Beginners: Money Matters
  • Digital Skills For Beginners: eSafety
  • Digital Skills For Beginners: Social Media
  • Digital Skills For Beginners: Online Profile & Employability
  • Digital Skills For Beginners: Silver Savvies

Contact or ring 07873176145 to find ut more

Media Savvy free online course information

Children and the Flu

#DoYourBit This year it’s never been more important for your child to get their free flu vaccine. If your child is at primary school or in year 7 you will be asked to give your consent so your child can have their free vaccination at school. Please remember to complete the consent process as soon as possible.

Additionally, the nasal spray is available at general practices now for children aged 2 and 3. Help them be superheroes and protect others, contact your practice today to book an appointment.  #ProtectYourFamily


If you're over 65 years of age, pregnant or living with a chronic health condition, you are at greater risk of complications if you catch Flu. We are now booking eligible patients into our Flu clinics. If you're in one of these groups, don't delay, contact us and book your appointment today.

Chronic Health conditions include: Chronic Respiratory Disease e.g. COPD, Asthma, Chronic Heart Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Liver Disease, Chronic Neurological conditions e.g. Parkinson's, MS, MND, Learning Disability or Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Spleen problems, weakened Immune System e.g. people receiving steroids or chemotherapy, BMI of 40 or above.


Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic.

With children and young people now back at school or college, Public Health England (PHE)’s new Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS endorsed tips and advice to look after children and young people’s mental wellbeing.

Research reveals that the coronavirus outbreak has caused an increase in anxiety in young people, and over a third of children report being more worried, sad and stressed than before lockdown. New PHE survey data found that over half (52%) of parents said the mental wellbeing of their children topped the list of their biggest worries. 

The advice available on the Better Health - Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and show the actions they can take to support them. In addition to the advice for parents and carers the site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.

For more information search Every Mind Matters.

Support to help you quit smoking

Despite the current pandemic Trinity Medical Centre continues to offer telephone support to help you quit smoking. In addition to this, a new support service, 'U can' is also now available in South Tyneside, where you can connect with a Peer Pal who can help you deal with any challenges and be there when you need that extra help, keeping in touch by WhatsApp or text.

U Can Peer Support


Our Facebook page is moving. You can find our new page on Facebook by searching for @TrinityMedicalCentreSouthShields
Click like and continue to receive up-to-date information on what's happening at the Surgery. Thank you for your continued support


We now ask that all patients wear a face covering when entering the surgery. If you do have an appointment we would be grateful if you could come with your face covering on. This can be in the form of a mask, scarf, handkerchief or any sort of fabric.
Thank you


Please find attached a copy of the current timetable for Needle Exchange provision in South Tyneside. This is provided by South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service who aim to deliver a comprehensive harm reduction service.

Needle Exchange Timetable June 2020


In the interests of patient safety, from Wednesday 25/3/2020, only patients with pre-arranged face-to-face appointments can enter the building.
If you have a query, please contact the Surgery by phone on 0191 4560053, via email on, via Patient Access online services or visit our website at
Paper prescriptions can be placed in the letter box on our front gate. This is emptied daily.
We are currently working at reduced staffing levels, so you may have a longer wait in response to your queries. Your patience is appreciated.
Thank you for your understanding and Stay Safe
The Trinity Medical Centre Team

Gathering your views on using digital technology to consult with GPs

Covid-19 also known as coronavirus, has meant that NHS healthcare staff have needed to use different ways of providing a clinical consultation to ensure that patients still get the healthcare they need. As well as the traditional methods such as face-to-face appointments, GPs, nurses and hospital staff have been using other, safer ways to consult such as telephone, online or video consultations.


The NHS in County Durham, South Tyneside, and Sunderland are working together to understand your thoughts of the different ways people can consult with a healthcare professional at their GP practice. This survey is open to anyone over the age of 16 to complete.


The feedback from this survey will be added to the insight being gathered through other involvement work being carried out with NHS staff. The report will be used to help us to understand how we can continue to make improvements to services and encourage more people to use digital clinical consultations with their health professional in the future.


All feedback will be treated in strictest confidence and we do not require any personal information that will identify you. This survey is available to complete until 3 July 2020 and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

You can let us know your thoughts by going to:


Thank you for your time.



ECONSULT - You can now upload photos to your 'I want general advice' consultation. Watch this video to find out more and visit our website to submit an ECONSULT 

South Tyneside Sexual Health Services

Visit our section on Sexual Health for more information on the services currently being offered despite Covid-19 restrictions

Early Cancer Diagnosis Saves Lives

Fewer people are presenting to their GPs with possible cancer symptoms. Don't delay, contact your GP Surgery if you are concerned or notice changes that are unusual for you. Watch this short video to find out more

Mental Health Support and Emotional Wellbeing Self Help packs

Click on the links below to access information on how to maintain positive mental health for everyone during this period and beyond as well as details of support that is available.

Adult Mental Health Support Information

Advice for Parents

Childrens Wellbeing Self Help Pack

Young Peoples Wellbeing Self Help Pack

Useful information for parents during Coronavirus

Guidance for parents during Coronavirus

KOOTH - online support available for young people

Follow this link for information on how to access online support for young people aged 10-25 or visit

Kooth online support for young people


Please note the amended opening hours for Lloyds Pharmacy, New George Street, South Shields:

Monday to Friday 9.30am-1.00pm then 2.00pm-5.00pm

The Pharmacy will be closed between 1.00-2.00pm

Self Isolation notes 

Follow this link for more information on self isolation notes

Information on Sicknotes and Coronavirus

Please see the link below for further information on sick notes and Coronavirus

Information on Sick Notes

New Support Groups available for LGTB+ young people

LGTB Peer Support Group

LGTB Youth Group

Find your way to better Mental Health

We all have times when we feel stressed, low or anxious, or having trouble sleeping. For practical tips and expert advice to improve your mental health, visit Every Mind Matters

The Herbert Protocol

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme introduced by the police in partnership with other agencies which encourages carers to record useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, The Herbert Protocol form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc.

In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.

This form could make a real difference. It could help reduce the amount of time a vulnerable person is missing, bringing them to safety even quicker.

Download the Herbert Protocol Form at

Did you know? In spring 2020, the law around organ donation will change. Find out what this means for you at:

#passiton #organdonation


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