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18 February 2020NHS Survey

Speak Up 2020

Have your say on local NHS, health and social care services in the Healthwatch Northumberland Annual Survey 2020.  It might be a new year but your experiences from 2019 still matter. Health services include hospital services, GPs, dentists, pharmacists, mental health and ambulance services. Social care is care in the home or in a residential or nursing care home.

By telling us about the care you received and what’s important to you, you can help us set our work for the coming year so that we can be more effective on your behalf.

You can also come and talk to us and tell us what you think of health and social care services at one of our public events across the county: bit.ly/HWNAnnualSurveyEvents2020, leave feedback online: bit.ly/HWNSpeakUp2020 or call 03332 408468 for a postal copy (freepost return). Let us know about your experiences, what went well and what could be improved, and together we can help make care better for everyone in Northumberland.

13 February 2020Wylam surgery consultation

Community urged to have their say on Riversdale Surgery proposed relocation

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Primary Care Commissioning Committee met today (12 February) in public to discuss the proposed relocation of Riversdale Surgery in Wylam to their branch site in the Oakland’s Health Centre in Prudhoe.

The practice submitted a formal application to the Committee who heard the details of the proposal. The move would allow the practice to operate from a modern, fit for purpose primary care centre and enable clinical and community services to run from one central location.

As part of their application to relocate, the practice also shared with the Committee the feedback from their patient and public engagement which raised concerns over the withdrawal of services in Wylam, difficulties with transport and accessibility.

The CCG noted these concerns and has agreed to undertake further engagement to hear the views of the local community and assess the impact of the proposed relocation.

Two drop in sessions have been arranged at St Oswin’s Church Hall, Wylam as follows:

Wednesday 19 February, 3 – 5pm

Monday 24 February, 1 – 3pm

The CCG is also looking to secure one further session to be held in the evening. Details of this session will be shared as soon as it has been confirmed. 

Further information on the next steps will be provided as soon as they are available.

Rachel Mitcheson

Service Director Transformation and Integrated Care

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group and

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Tel: 01670 335169

Mob: 07881843530

Email: r.mitcheson@nhs.net

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11 February 2020Parish Council Vacancy

Make a difference in your community.

What do you think the future of Heddon on the Wall looks like? Do you want to be part of the team that creates that vision? Are you 18 or over? Are you looking for a great opportunity to develop or use your skills? A great addition to your CV.

We are looking for a new member for our Parish Council and welcome applications from our community.

What's involved?

Parish Councilors are volunteers who give up their time to try and make the Parish a better place to live and work. They have a range of powers and duties over local facilities and make decisions, which affect Parishioner’s everyday lives.The Parish Council meet monthly (on the evening every 2nd Wednesday of the month).  You can get involved in local projects, research and local conversations which can support where you have skills or expertise or give you the opportunity to learn more.

What is the role of the Parish Council?

We are here for the local residents of Heddon on the Wall and support the provision of services and facilities . These range from recreation grounds and play areas, to libraries and allotments.   There is a list of the activities that a Parish Council has the power to provide but we work in collaboration with other local volunteer groups and professional bodies to help make Heddon on the Wall a great place to live.

Want to apply or find out more?

Contact our Parish Clerk Louise Pringle at heddonpc@gmail.com  or call on 01661 854583 who will explain more and send out an application form.  Louise can also put you in touch with current Parish Counsellors if you would like an informal chat about the opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until close of play on Wednesday 4th March 2020. Successful applicants will be invited to a meet the current councilors and chat through the opportunity further.

The official bit!

  • As there is no election imminent then a co-option procedure will be followed for this vacancy.
  • Councilors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct.
  • The Parish Council is a statutory body and therefore can only do the things for which the law gives a power.
  • A copy of the good councilors Guide will be emailed to each potential applicant.
  • Training is available and support will be found from colleagues and the Clerk to the Council.
  • To be eligible for the post you must be a resident of Heddon on the Wall.
  • The successful applicant will be the one who receives the majority of votes at a meeting 0f the parish Council, should there be a tie it may be necessary to repeat the process until a majority is reached.

24 January 2020Wonderful Village photo

Wonderful village photo

A resident has entered this photograph in the Wonderful Villages Photo Competition and nominated the Knott Memorial Hall.  Please feel free to pass the message on and vote if you want.

Entries to date are shown here where you can also vote:


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