Information about our practice

Military veterans

The practice is fully supportive of the Department of Health in working to ensure that the health needs of military veterans are given the appropriate priority.

If GPs are aware of a patient’s veteran status, they are asked to state this in any referral letter including if, in their clinical opinion, the condition may be related to military service. They will allocate the correct appointment priority based on the patient’s medical condition.

Where a clinician receiving the referral agrees that a veteran’s condition is likely to be service-related, they are asked to prioritise veterans over other patients with the same level of clinical need. Veterans will not be given priority over other patients with more urgent clinical needs.

If you are a veteran and you would like your status to be shown on your medical records, please inform the practice.

Medical training

Medical students from Newcastle University often sit in with our doctors. Please inform the receptionist if you would prefer to see the doctor alone.

We are also a centre for trainee doctors, many of whom will soon be fully qualified GPs. Their work is closely supported by the experienced GPs.

Our practice policies

Our responsibilities to patients

  • Respect and courtesy at all times
  • Confidentiality at all times
  • Doctors and nurses will endeavour to see you on time
  • You will be informed if there is a delay of more than twenty minutes for your appointment
  • Your suggestions/complaints will be dealt with promptly

Responsibilities of patients

  • Courtesy and respect to all members of staff
  • You are responsible for keeping your appointment, or if you wish to cancel, adequate notice so the appointment can be offered to someone else
  • Night visits should only be requested if absolutely necessary
  • You should make all efforts to attend the surgery if possible


The practice will not tolerate abusive language or threatening behaviour towards staff or other patients. Any patient behaving in this manner will be removed from our practice list and the police will be informed.

Declaration of earnings

The average pay for GPs working in Central Surgery in the last financial year was £64,621 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 4 full time GPs, 9 part time GPs and no locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

“NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown above. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for caluclating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.”