Keep up-to-date

The world of medicine along with the whole of the NHS is in a state of constant flux. This page is where we will provide you with a selection of interesting news about the medical world and our practice.

Important News for expectant and new mothers!!


The Antenatal Clinic is now being held on Friday mornings.


A new Health Visitor Clinic is also being held at Annfield Plain Surgery on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month between 9.30 - 11.00am



Up to date Health News: what you might hear in the Media and why it is often wrong!

A lot of Health News finds its way into the media, and not all of it is either accurate or helpful. Nothing sells papers as well as something that scares us! If you are worried about something you have heard you might find the NHS Choices news page helpful.

What's all this about GP's being given Billions to spend?


Most of us will be aware that the present Coalition Government has started to implement some significant changes in the way that the NHS is organised, not least the abolition of Primary Care Trusts and their replacement with 'Consortia' made up of GP's who will have the power to influence some local health issues.


After spending some time listening to some of the concerns that professionals were feeling about their proposals the Government have slightly modified their approach, but not substantially. GP's have been told they must either 'toe the line' and join a Consortium or face a significant reduction in Practice Income which would inevitably have an impact on the ability to employ staff. Some Surgeries have already started to reduce the number of doctors in their practices as the effect of the global recession takes its toll while Practice income drops. 


At Annfield Plain Surgery Dr Le Dune has been obliged to join the Management Board which will be responsible for directing some of the Health Care provided in Derwentside. In order to do this he has to spend on average one day per week working on this, a time committment which means he will be somewhat less available for patient care than previoulsy, something which he greatly regrets.


We hope that you will be patient with us as we try to handle the increased workload without any additional resources.


Some of the Government's plans for the health Service can be found here.