Medication for patients having MRI scans

After very careful consideration, Ellison View Surgery have decided to no longer prescribe diazepam for patients having MRI scans or other investigative procedures. This is not a decision we took lightly; we have a duty of care to provide safe, consistent, and appropriate care for our patients. We hope the reasons outlined below help to explain our main concerns.

  • Small doses of benzodiazepines such at 2mg diazepam are probably sub- therapeutic for most adults for any effective sedation. Conversely anxiolytics can have an idiosyncratic response in patients, and even very small doses can cause increased agitation in some subsets of patients.
  • A patient may take a sedative ‘an hour’ before their assumed procedure, to then attend the hospital to find their procedure has been delayed, therefore the timing of the anxiolytic being sub optimal.
  • GPs are not regularly involved, skilled, trained, or appraised in sedation skills.
  • All Hospital consultants, both those requesting imaging and those providing it, have access to the same prescribing abilities as GPs. If a patient needs a certain medication to enable an investigation to go ahead, they are just as well positioned to provide a prescription, either through the hospital pharmacy or a hospital FP10.
  • Sedated patients should be regularly monitored, and we have been made aware of a case where a GP provided sedative was given, the patient not monitored, and subsequently had a respiratory arrest in an MRI machine.

References:“Safe and effective analgesia and sedation should be delivered by an appropriately trained and credentialed team with good access to anaesthetics, pre-procedure assessment, sedation plan and checklist, with appropriate monitoring and availability of resuscitation equipment and reversal agents”

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You will soon be able to call NHS 111 to get support if you’re in a mental health crisis


From the end of April 2024, if you (or someone you support) is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call NHS 111 and select option 2 for 24/7 access to urgent mental health support. This is a national change, meaning you can call NHS 111 for help wherever you are in the country.

Does this mean the Crisis Teams are changing?

No. Local Crisis Teams are not changing – this is just a new telephone number to call to help you access support in a crisis.

I usually call a local number to reach the Crisis Team. Will those still work?

Yes, these local and 0800 numbers are going to stay in use for a while. If you call any of our Crisis Teams on their local number (which you might have on a care plan or old leaflet), you will still get through. You will receive the same support whether you call via NHS 111 or a local number.

When should I call NHS 111 and select option 2?

You should call if you, or someone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis. A mental health crisis can mean different things to different people, but it is usually when someone’s mental or emotional state gets worse quickly. They might be struggling to cope or be in control of their situation. It is important to get help quickly.

111 is for all ages including children and people with neurodevelopmental needs. You can call for yourself, or for someone else.

It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are Deaf or have hearing loss, go to

If you or someone else has physically harmed themselves, or if someone’s life is at risk, call 999 or go to A&E.

What will happen when I call – who will I speak to and how can they help me?

Your call will be answered by a mental health advisor, who will be supported and supervised by our trained mental health clinicians. They will ask you some questions and listen to you to help you get the support you need.

In North Cumbria and the North East, the mental health advisors will be employed by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW).

To find out more, visit the website below or scan the QR code: 

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GP phone lines can be very busy, especially in the mornings.
Save yourself a wait by calling later in the day, if possible, for nonurgent appointments or test results. Alternatively, if available, you can use the practice’s E-Consult service available on our website, or use the NHS app.
You may can also email Ellison View Surgery  for medication requests only

Need help using the app?

Your GP practice is here to help you and your family in more ways than you think:
• face to face
• on the phone
• or online
• a GP
• an advanced nurse practitioner
• practice nurse
• pharmacist
• social prescribing link worker
• or another member of the health care team
Your practice receptionist can tell
you how, and who, would be best for you.

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Stop Smoking

A new national stop smoking campaign will launch on Wednesday 27 December 2023. 

Quit smoking

When you stop smoking, good things start to happen — you can begin to see almost immediate improvements to your health.

It’s much easier to stop smoking when you get the right support and there are lots of options to choose from.

Please book an appointment with the surgery’s smoking adviser or please call or 0191 424 7300, speak to a stop smoking adviser.

you can also follow the link Support to quit smoking – South Tyneside Council

 Quit smoking – Better Health – NHS (

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Remembrance Day 11th November 2023

Ellison View Surgery is an accredited Veteran Friendly GP Practice.

On Remembrance Day, we remember and honour those who have served.  We are proud to be a Veteran Friendly GP practice as part of our commitment to supporting our veteran patients.  Our team is trained to understand veterans’ health needs and to provide access to specialist services.

As a Veteran Friendly GP Practice we

  • Have a clinical lead for veteran health
  • Support veteran patients to access dedicated health services
  • If you are a veteran patient, please let us know that you have served so that we can make sure that we understand your health needs

Remembrance Day Commemoration 2021 - B'nai Brith Canada

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Ellison View Surgery’s Move Information


Ellison View Surgery are moving premises to The Glen Primary Care Centre Thursday 21st September 2023.

The surgery will be open as normal on Friday 22nd September 2023

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What you can do with the NHS App

You need to prove who you are to get full access to the NHS App. With full access you can:

  • order repeat prescriptions and nominate a pharmacy where you would like to collect them
  • view your GP health record to see information like your allergies and medicines (if your GP has given you access to your detailed medical record, you can also see information like test results)
  • get your NHS COVID Pass (there are also other ways to get your COVID Pass)
  • register your organ donation decision
  • choose how the NHS uses your data
  • view your NHS number (find out what your NHS number is)
  • use NHS 111 online to answer questions and get instant advice or medical help near you

Keeping your data secure

To access the NHS App, you will need to set up an NHS login and prove who you are. Your NHS App then securely connects to information from your GP surgery.

If your device supports fingerprint detection or facial recognition, you can use it to log in to your NHS App each time, instead of using a password and security code.

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Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.  The earlier we find bowel cancer, the easier it is to treat and the chances of survival are higher.

Bowel cancer screening is one of the best ways to detect bowel cancer at an early stage.  It can also detect changes in the bowel that could lead to cancer in the future.

Men and women aged between 56 and 74 (who are registered with an NHS GP) are invited to take part in bowel cancer screening every 2 years.  You will receive a bowel cancer screening kit through the post and you complete it in the comfort of your own home.

 It’s free, it’s easy, no fuss! 

 So please, don’t delay, complete your kit today!

For more information about bowel screening contact the bowel cancer screening helpline: 0800 707 6060 or visit



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Health and Social Care Career Exhibition 2023

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Lets Get Digital

Getting online can help you improve your fitness, discover healthy recipes, manage your condition and find out local health services in your area.

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of understanding the online world. There is step by step guides on how to use online services such as sending emails, using the internet, using search engines etc.

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