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The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.


All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.


You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.


We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.


New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.


We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.


All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.


In terms of any planned appointments no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

GP led services will also contact people directly to arrange a vaccination when they become eligible - please do not call your practice

ZERO TOLERANCE: A Message from the Partners

We have worked tirelessly as ever throughout the pandemic to ensure we are providing the best possible care to our patients, despite the ever-changing rules and restrictions. We understand the frustrations that people have and are doing all that we can to ensure we can help, however, it has been noted that our staff are facing an increasing amount of abuse from patients. The GP Partners and Management at Betts Avenue would like to remind patients that we have a zero-tolerance policy on both physical and verbal abuse. If you are found to be in breach of this policy, then this may result in you being asked to find a new GP surgery.


If you are considered severely immunosupressed, then you will be contacted by Public Health England to book for a Third Primary Covid Vaccination. Please note, this is NOT the Booster jab. If you receive such a letter, please contact the surgery so we can direct you to the correct place to book this. 


Your Covid Booster must be given 182 days from your second vaccination. You should be contacted via letter, text or email when it's time for you to get yours, however you can book yours yourself via the below link. If you are unable to book via this link, it will be because it is too early.

Book or Manage your Covid Booster

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Ordering your prescription: 

We are strongly advising that patients request their medications online via the app due to increased demand on the phone lines. This can be via our SystmOnline app, the NHS app or the MyGp app. The app will show your list of repeat medications and their due dates for you to order and you can also add a message to the surgery if you have an acute request or a query. You can also change your nominated pharmacy if you wish. Ordering via the app allows you to order your prescription wherever, whenever so it is far more convenient for you. If you are not already set up for your medical care online, please contact the surgery and we will be happy to assist. 

How to get your Covid-19 vaccination in Newcastle

All adults over 18 are now eligible for a Covid vaccination, and there are locations across the city where you can be vaccinated either by having an appointment or by visiting a drop-in service.

You can book a covid vaccine online through the national Coronavirus vaccine booking service or by calling 119.

Please click on the below link for more information regarding the vaccine bus and also pop up clinics.


Patients in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel.

There are two ways to request vaccine status. The easiest and most convenient way is to download the NHS APP however if you do not have a smartphone or are unable to connect to the internet you can receive a paper copy by ringing 119 (as long as you have two doses of the vaccine). This can be posted to you within 5 working days.

Just like a normal passport, make sure to leave plenty of time before you set off on holiday to apply for your vaccine passport.


For more information please visit and

We have had several enquiries regarding patients not being able to access their covid vaccination status on the NHS APP.

Please ensure you have access to our online services and have selected the option to view your full clinical record. If you do not have access to this you can submit a request online.

If you are experiencing further issues with the NHS APP please submit an enquiry on the NHS APP website and they will contact you directly to assist.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see the NHS coronavirus advice for travellers
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

For more information, visit

Think Sepsis - Talk Sepsis - Treat Sepsis

Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection.

Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Although sepsis is often referred to as either blood poisoning or septicaemia, these terms refer to the invasion of bacteria into the bloodstream.

Sepsis can affect multiple organs or the entire body, even without blood poisoning or septicaemia.

Sepsis can also be caused by viral or fungal infections, although bacterial infections are by far the most common cause.

In England every year there is...

123,000 cases of sepsis

37,000 deaths

70% of these cases start in the community.

Please click on the below links to find out more.

Great North Care Record

Your Great North Care Record is the development of access for health professionals to view your electronic medical records. that will over time include a range of healthcare information to help improve the care you receive in the North East. You are automatically opted into sharing the record. If you would like to opt out you will need to contact the practice.

What will happen if i opt in?
If you fall ill and need emergeny treatment the doctor or nurse may need to know if you have any allergies or what medication you are taking. They will ask your premission to view your Greath North Care Record.

Who will see my record?
GP practices, NHS 111, NHS Hospitals, Mental Health Services, Out-Of-Hours Doctors and Ambulance Services. Your records will only be looked at by people involved in your care. Your information wont be shared with anyone who doesnt need it to provide treatment, care and support with you. Your details will be kept safe and wont be made public, passed on to third party who is not directly involved in your care.

If you would like more information or advice on this please contact the helpline 03448119587 or email

CQC (Care Quality Commission)

The Practice was inspected on Friday 16th March 2018. The report is now available by clicking here.

The practice was given and overall rating of GOOD on all 5 elements of the inspection.

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