What is social prescribing?


Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. It seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ as a patient, rather than ‘what is the matter with me’. Supporting individuals to take greater control of their own health.

We understand that patients may struggle to discuss these issues with a GP or feel they don't have enough time to chat. Our Social Prescribing Link Worker, Jola, and Primary Care Navigator, Hilary, will play an essential part in helping patients discuss their issues and referring them to the correct service.

Social prescribing supports you with issues relating to; finance, work, housing, food, activities and mental health.

If you feel you need this service or know of someone that may benefit please contact the surgery on 0191 282 1010.

More information click here!


Every Friday afternoon at 2pm we host a free art group for our patients, to learn new skills, take up a hobby, and meet new people.

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy or know someone who’d benefit don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at 0191 282 1010 and our social prescribing link worker Jola will introduce you to our regular patients!

We look forward to seeing new faces enjoying the group!

Local Groups & Services

St Martin’s Centre: 
Pilates, community lunches, toddler groups, and fitness classes.
Crisis Skylight: 
Providing free classes and workshops for those who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless, from IT skills, English, Maths, and Mindfulness.
Chain Reaction: 
Supporting over 55s to lead healthier, and happier lives, their website includes timetables for their activities and trips out.  
Men’s Pie Club 
Weekly meet ups for eating, cooking and chatting