Birtley Medical Group

On this page you’ll find helpful resources, providing further information about various health related topics.


What is pneumococcal disease?

Pneumococcal infections are caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae which mostly lives harmlessly in the back of the nose and throat. However, sometimes the bacteria becomes invasive and causes serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis.


Shingles is a condition that is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus

90% of adults raised in the UK have had chickenpox, although not everyone may recall having it. If you have had chickenpox then you are at risk of developing shingles.

The Department of Health introduced the national shingles immunisation programme in adults aged 70 years with a catch-up programme for people in their late 70s, to help protect the age groups most at risk from shingles and its complications.

What is Keeping Well at Home?

From 29 June, you will be able to watch Keeping Well at Home on Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media!  The programme will air several times each day and will feature a new round of exercises each day.  Each episode of Keeping Well at Home will last approximately four minutes. Click on the Gateshead older peoples assembly box above for more information.

Young Carers aged 18 years an below


NHS Choices

Opening Times
Monday07:00 - 18:00
Doors close 17:45
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Doors close 17:45
Wednesday07:00 - 20:00
Doors close 19:45
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Doors close 17:45
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Doors close 17:45