EdgewaySt Mary's IslandChathamKent, ME4 3EPTel: 01634 890712
Antenatal Clinic - Friday 09:00 – 12:00
If you think you are pregnant please make an appointment to see the doctor for a discussion of your care during pregnancy. You will then be asked to make a booking appointment via reception to see the midwife. Patients are seen by the midwife by appointment at surgery clinics.
Baby Clinic - Thursdays
The baby clinics are run between 10:00 and 12:00 by the health visitors for child development checks and allow an opportunity to discuss other problems such as sleeping, feeding and child health worries.
The health visitors are available (no appointment necessary) at St Mary's Island Community Centre, Island Way, West Kent ME4 3EP
Contraceptive care is provided by the practice nurse or doctor through the usual appointment system. Please advise reception staff at the time of booking if you require emergency contraceptive treatment.
Patients Over 75 Years
If you are aged 75 years or over, you should be seen annually by the doctor, the practice nurse, district nurse or health visitor. This can be arranged at the surgery or, if that is not possible, a home visit will be arranged.
Travel Immunisations / Vaccinations
Please fill out a travel form at reception at least 12 weeks in advance of your holiday to ensure adequate cover. A charge will be made for certain vaccinations which are not covered by the NHS. A list of these charges is held at reception.
An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing and rest homes. Please contact the reception staff in October for details of the vaccination dates and to make an appointment. If you are unable to attend the surgery, a home visit will be arranged to undertake this facility.
Our health care assistant (HCA) is available to take blood for tests on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please book your blood test via reception who will confirm the days available for your surgery. The HCA can also do other routine observations such as blood pressure checks, pill checks in addition to height and weight monitoring and health checks.
Stop Smoking Service
Our health care assistant (HCA) has been very successful in helping patients give up smoking, achieving a high success rate. She is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 - 11.30am.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
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