New GP Service relaunches at Byker homeless centre

22nd March 2017

A weekly GP service has been relaunched at the Joseph Cowen Health Centre in Byker.

A picture of the new GP at the Joseph Cowen HealthcentreA weekly GP service has been relaunched at the Joseph Cowen Health Centre in Byker.

The service will be held every Wednesday morning between 9.00am and 12.00pm and is available on a first-come first-served basis to homeless men and women and those who cannot register with a GP.

Dr Joe Kelliher has resumed services at the centre after the previous GP retired in April last year.

Jenny Harrison, Homelessness Manager for Tyne Housing Association who runs the centre, said:

“We are pleased to be able to deliver this much-needed service to vulnerable adults who know they can come into the centre every Wednesday morning and wait to be seen.

“The service is available on an emergency basis only and not to be used as their permanent GP. It will provide patients with limited prescriptions at the discretion of the GP, fit notes and referrals to specialist services. Staff will also be available to assist people when they arrive at the centre.”

The Joseph Cowen Centre based on Wilfred Street in Byker is open five days per week, Monday to Friday from 9.00am until 4.00pm. It provides a needle exchange service, food vouchers, private rooms as well as the opportunity of a welcome cup of tea, warm bath and shower and change of clothing.