Pregnancy and Baby

Am I Pregnant?

Am I pregnant? What should I be eating? Is it normal to be this tired? How can I help my partner during labour? Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby.


In 1981 a small group of parents, who were experiencing problems with their crying and sleepless babies, set up a support group. They discovered how important support is and how reassuring it can be to talk to someone. Today that support group has become Cry-sis, the only UK charity offering help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems.

How to seek medical or nursing advice for your young family

Non-urgent advice: Remember

Always try to seek advice from the team that knows you best: Your Family Doctor and Health Visiting Team. Having a new baby or having young children in the household can be a worrying time, especially if they are unwell. We would like you to feel that you are well supported and that you can access the best healthcare advice in differing situations.

The Health Visiting Team

You will have contact numbers for this team in your baby’s yellow book.

They have many areas of expertise and can always discuss issues with us if they have any concerns.

They can give advice on:

  • Feeding difficulties
  • Possetting and unsettled babies
  • Bowel problems –including constipation and diarrhoea
  • Sleeping issues
  • Hearing and speech concerns
  • Weight and healthy eating
  • Activity and exercise regimes
  • Skin disorders eg eczema, mild nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Behaviour and positive parenting

‘Health visitor only’ clinic at Park road is on Tuesday am from 9:15am to 11:15am

Alternative clinic Thursday morning from 9.30am—11.15am at the Green.

The baby clinic is for baby development checks and other concerns about baby’s growth or development.

Please phone 0191 262 5680 to arrange to be seen.

There is always a Doctor on call for urgent phone advice and to assess the urgency for the need to be seen.

The surgery is open from 08.30 am until 6pm from Monday to Friday.

Routine Appointments should be booked with your Doctor. Other types of appointments are:

  • Quick rapid access appointments each morning
  • Urgent afternoon appointments for urgent problemsthat arise. Please be aware that either the Doctor or the Nurse may speak to you to assess the urgency.
  • We are happy to speak to you, to see if we can helpwith minor injuries, to save you going to Casualty (unless it is absolutely neccessary)

If you have needed to access healthcare outside our normal surgery hours we are notified;(usually, the next day.)We may contact you to see if you need further help or to see if we could have helped more the day before.

999 calls are for real life threatening emergencies

For Example:

  • Collapse, severe bleeding or breathing difficulties
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Suspected meningitis
  • Prolonged seizures, loss of consciousness
  • Serious accidents or life threatening injuries

If you need to access healthcare after the surgery has closed

Phone the surgery as normal (0191 262 5680) and your call will be directed to the NDUC team who now handle out of hours queries.

Maternity Services Locations

To find the nearest maternity hospital please access the button below.

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Postnatal depression

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.

It’s a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners.

It’s important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family.

With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.

Smoking affects your unborn baby

You already know that smoking is bad for your health. We’re not here to lecture you – we’re here to help you give up. Giving up smoking can be hard, but if you’re pregnant, now is definitely the time to quit.

Start 4 Life

Whatever you want to know about parenthood, from breastfeeding to when your baby will have their first vaccinations, you should find it here. We’re here to give you the essential guide and lots of free tools for having a healthy, happy baby.