Welcome to IJ Healthcare @ Springwell House Surgery

On the 4th October 2016 Harraton Surgery and Springwell House Surgery (Durham Road, Sunderland) merged into one company known as I J Healthcare, this means Harraton Surgery became the main site and Springwell House a branch site.   The branches are now known as I J Healthcare @Harraton Surgery & I J Healthcare @Springwell House Surgery and these will remain as two separate sites.     The merger allows patients from both surgeries access to the other surgery should they wish.

Please see attached link for Harraton most recent CQC report, this is the new inspection of the merged sites.


You can book appointments and order repeat prescriptions online

Please ask at reception for access details  to use the service.
You need to register, using access details, to use the service. Patient access link

In addition to booking appointments with doctors and nurses and ordering repeat prescriptions, you can also view medical records like immunisation record and allergies.
If you think your record is incomplete telephone the surgery to update your records.

Opening Hours

Our opening hours are from 08:30 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Friday.
We are open from 7:30 am to 6 pm on Mondays

We offer an out of hours emergency service at Grindon Lane for an appointment after 18:00 please contact reception where you will be given an appointment to see a GP at Grindon Lane.

We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Meningitis B Vaccine

From September 2015 all children will receive meningitis B vaccine in addition to other vaccines. From August 2015, 17 and 18 year olds will be offered ACWY meningitis vaccine.
For further information see our Vaccinations and Immunisations page.
Childrens Immunisation Schedule

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

If you are on regular medications and you collect prescriptions by post or by coming to the surgery, EPS is a more convenient way to collect your prescriptions.
We send the prescription electronically to the pharmacy chosen by you, so it is ready for collection from the pharmacy without coming to the surgery.
EPS is useful if you have a pharmacy nearer to you and/or more convenient than attending the surgery and you use the same pharmacy to collect your prescriptions.
If you go to different pharmacies each time to collect your published on prescriptions then EPS is not suitable for you.
Certain controlled medications like tramadol cannot be sent by EPS. You have to collect the prescription from surgery.
In EPS there are no paper ones to collect by you or the pharmacy. It is very secure and there are no delays unlike mailed ones.
You need to tell us which pharmacy you use so that we can send the prescription electronically to them. You can not nominate more than one pharmacy.
You can always change the pharmacy by letting us know.
If EPS is not suitable, you can cancel it by phoning or writing to the surgery.
Patient information leaflet on EPS
Further information on EPS from hscic

Prescription medications and driving

Please note the change in the law. It is illegal to drive if your driving is impaired because of the medications prescribed to you. Police forces are equipped with devices to test on roadside  to detect drugs use. Positive test is, if any illegal drug is detected and at higher level, if prescription drug is detected. Police will do  ‘field impairment test’ to check the effect of drugs on driver. The test need not be positive if illegal drug is detected to penalise.
You should be cautious about driving if medications that you take  warns about drowsiness. You must not drive if you feel drowsy after taking the medications. This includes ‘over the counter’ medications. Combination of medications and alcohol can take you over the limit easily.
The medications tested by police are: clonazepam, diazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, methadone, morphine, oxazepam, temazepam. Please note that codeine, tramadol may test positive as morphine when tested. Some times labels on medications may not have these names. You need to read the labels fully.
Taking  alcohol or illegal drugs in addition to the medications that can cause drowsiness can take you over the limit easily.
For further information click on the links below:
Drugs and Driving. Gov uk
NHSUK: What happens if you take drugs and drive
NHS UK: Field test driving
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