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Stack Garth | Brandon | Durham | DH7 8SJ | telephone 0191 378 2099

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Surgery Building

Opening Hours

Mon/Tues/Thurs - 08:25 - 6:00pm
Wed - 08:25 - 3:00pm
(phone lines open until 6:00pm)
Friday - 8:25am - 12:15pm / 1:15pm - 6:00pm

**Practice Closures**

The surgery will be closing for one hour every Friday from 12:15pm - 1:15pm for a Staff Meeting and practice planning.
The practice will also close from 12:00pm every 3rd Thursday afternoon of the month along with other Durham & Chester-le-Street practices as part of practice development time.


We are registered with the CQC, please navigate to our Care Quality Commission page for more information and to download the reports.


**Thank you for taking part in our Survey**

Our Survey has now closed, we thank all who participated. You are invited to download the results on our Patient Participation Page.


North Durham CCG - 2012-17 Plan

This summary of our five year Clear and Credible Plan sets out the key aims and priorities of North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
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The practice respects the privacy and dignity of all patients.  The doctor, nurse or you as the patient may request a chaperone to be present during some examinations.


Hearing Loop
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We have a portable hearing loop system in order to improve the sound quality for anyone who uses a hearing aid.  Please set your hearing aid to the T setting and ask the receptionist to turn the loop on. The loop can be used at reception and during a consultation with the doctor. 


Accident and Emergency

The Accident & Emergency Department at the University Hospital is open at all times for the emergency care of people stricken with sudden and acute illness or who are a victim of severe trauma. Unnecessary visits cause long delays for those in genuine need and reduce the money available for vital patient care.
The majority of minor injuries can be dealt with at the Practice without the need to visit hospital and we have appointments specifically for this. If you need an x-ray your waiting time may be reduced if you have seen your GP first.

Please contact us on:
0191 378 2099 during opening hours.
When the Practice is closed, please ring 111 for advice before going to A&E.

If is is a life threatening medical emergency, always dial 999.


If you suspect a stroke act FAST

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What is FAST?

FAST requires an assessment of three specific symptoms of stroke:

  1. Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
  2. Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms
  3. Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
  4. Time to call 999


Calculation of Mean Earnings 2016/2017

NHS England requires that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised and the required disclosure is shown below.  However, it should be noted that the prescribed method of calculating 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 comparisons with other practices.

The average earnings for GPs working in the Brandon Lane Surgery in the last financial year ending 2016/17 was £45,081 before taxation and National Insurance.  This is for 1 full time GP, 1 part time GP and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.




About Us

We have produced this website to provide you with information about the way the Practice is organised and the services that are provided directly by Practice Staff, or by other members of the Primary Health Care Team.  Services will, by necessity, change from time to time, please do not hesitate to telephone the Practice to check the current position.

Brandon Lane Surgery is a small Practice, our aim is to provide a professional and caring service for all of our patients.

Friends and Family Test

We have created a new page on our website explaining the Friends and Family Test. You can also answer the FFT Questionnaire online. Please navigate to this page:
About Friends and Family Test
Or click on the following link to go straight to the online Questionnaire:
FFT Questionnaire

Online Appointment Booking and Repeat Prescription Ordering

Patients can now access online appointment booking for certain Doctors. If you would like to register for this facility please speak to reception for an access form to use this service.
If you have already registerd please click on the image below: this will take you to the Patient Access login screen.

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Practice Area

Brandon Lane surgery accepts patients from the following areas:

  • Bearpark
  • Brancepeth
  • Brandon
  • Browney
  • Croxdale up to the A167 divide
  • Esh Winning
  • Langley Moor
  • Lowes Barn
  • Meadowfield
  • Merryoaks
  • Nevilles Cross
  • New Brancepeth
  • Stonebridge
  • Ushaw Moor
  • Whitesmocks

This website is for both existing patients and those considering registering with us. It tells you about our services, how to access them and some general information about how our Practice operates. Further details regarding the practice can be found at - click GP and type Brandon Lane Surgery in the search box.

Access for the Disabled

For your convenience the surgery has automatic doors to the main entrance of the Surgery, please press the buttons located on the walls to enter and exit.

Ambulance Service

If you require an ambulance for your hospital appointment, please ring the Travel Response Centre on: 03000 26999.
This service is only for people who are unable to travel by public transport. Ambulances cannot be booked by the Surgery.

From 1 April 2014 the Practice will no longer book ambulances. We will advertise the number to contact as soon as it becomes available.


There is a limited amount of car parking behind the surgery. When this is full there is some parking at the side and front of the building.

Newly Registered Patients

We can only accept new patients who live in our practice area.  You can register by completing registration form GSM1 and our Information Questionnaire, obtained from the practice and also available for download from this site (see below). When you register, we will ask you to make an appointment to see either the practice nurse (assistant practitioner / healthcare assistant) for a new patient health check. This will make sure that our records are accurate and all routine checks to promote your health and wellbeing (such as blood pressure / smear tests / mammograms) are up-to-date.

New Patient Registration Forms for Downloading
GMS1 Form
New Patient Registration Form

Information Questionnaire
Information Questionnaire

Instructions on what to do with the registration form

Please bring the completed forms along to reception with your medical card if you have it. The information on the medical card will speed up the process of getting your records from your previous practice. Once you have been accepted as a patient your medical records will be transferred to us and a new medical card will be sent to your home address. You do not need to inform your existing practice that you are moving, although it may be courteous to do so.

You will be registered with the Practice as a whole and will be assigned to one of the Doctors.  When making an appointment you may request a consultation with the Doctor of your choice.

Temporary Residents

We are always happy to see any relatives or friends staying with you if they need a Doctor or Nurse. They will need to fill out a short form for the information to be returned to their own Doctor. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to allow time for completion of the necessary forms.

Zero Tolerance

This practice supports the Government’s NHS zero tolerance zone campaign.  GPs and their Staff have the right to care for others without fear of being attacked or abused.  We ask that you treat your GP and Practice Staff with courtesy and consideration.

What to do when the Surgery is Closed

The out-of-hours period is:

  • Weekdays - 6pm to 8:30am
  • Weekends - 6pm Friday to 8:30am Monday
  • Bank Holidays – 6pm the night before to 8:30am the morning after

When the Surgery is closed and you need a Doctor please telephone 111 - or if you are unwell in the evening, overnight or at the weekend.

This service is for urgent medical situations – if you, or a member of your family, become ill and you are concerned.  It is not for routine enquiries, such as booking an appointment with your GP, repeat prescriptions, test results etc.

A trained member of staff will answer the phone and take some details from you.  They will pass your details straight over to a Doctor or Nurse, who will phone you back to ask you more about the problem and, with you, will decide the best option for you.  Depending on the seriousness of your condition, this might be one of the following:

Advice over the phone.  A visit to a local treatment centre. A home visit by a Nurse, Doctor or Paramedic.

  • NHS Direct can give you general medical information 24 hours a day.  Their Trained Nurses can provide you with expert health advice and reassurance any time of the day or night.  
  • Visit a local Pharmacy (chemist).  Your local paper will have details of Pharmacies open late on weekdays and on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
  • If your injury or illness is severe, or you have had a serious accident, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.  Or you can visit your local A&E Department. 

If you are calling on behalf of someone else please have relevant information available, such as:

  • address
  • date of birth
  • current medication
  • name of their GP.

If considered necessary you will be referred to a duty Doctor or Nurse Practitioner who will contact you and, either give further telephone advice, or ask you to attend a local centre or in appropriate circumstances visit you at home.