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Both of these Clinics are now Full. Pease contact us for an alternative date. We have Further clinics running throughout November.
Covid and Flu Clinic Update
Saturday 23rd October
FLU ONLY CLINIC
The is by appointment ONLY. Please only come along if you have booked an appointment with us.
Saturday 30th October
09.00 - 13.00
This clinic will be for Covid Booster and Flu Vaccinations. This is not a walk in clinic and is by appointment only.
The booster vaccinations will be offered to the over 50s, health and care workers and younger adults with certain health conditions.
We are unable to vaccinate anyone with the booster unless their 2nd vaccination was at least 180 days ago so please do not come to the clinic unless you had your 2nd vaccination on or before the 3rd May. If you are already booked in please contact us on the link below to rearrange your slot.
All of our booster vaccinations are Pfizer. You can have this vaccine even if you had the AstraZeneca vaccination originally.
If you have any queries, please send us an email via our Contact Us page https://www.meophammedicalcentre.co.uk/contact-us
Covid Booster Clinics Update
Some people may have received a text or email regarding the Covid Booster vaccine. This is not from the surgery, however we will be in touch within in the next week to invite patients to book appointments at our Covid Booster and Flu vaccine clinics.
Below is our 12 week plan for our upcoming Covid Booster Clinics. Some of the clinics have now changed from our previous post.
|COVID PLAN||Cohort/Age Group|
|16th October||Over 70's and healthcare workers Flu/Covid Booster combined Clinic|
|30th October||Over 65's Flu/Covid Booster combined Clinic|
|6th November||Over 65'sFlu/Covid Booster combined Clinic|
|13th November||Covid walk in (NO FLU)|
|20th November||Flu/Covid Booster combined Clinic|
|27th November||Flu/Covid Booster combined Clinic|
|4th December||Flu/Covid Booster combined Clinic|
|11th December||Flu/Covid Booster combined Clinic|
|18th December||Flu/Covid Booster combined Clinic|
|FLU CLINIC ONLY|
|Thursday 14th October||We will be contacting you if you eligible to attend|
|Saturday 23rd October||We will be contacting you if you eligible to attend|
If you have changed your contact details then please update them via our online form https://www.meophammedicalcentre.co.uk/change-of-personal-details to ensure that we are able to contact you to make an appointment at one of our clinics.
Flu Vaccine Delivery Update
Due to unforeseen challenges linked with road freight delays, there is a change in our scheduled flu vaccine delivery by one to two weeks. We are hoping to start our Flu vaccination clinics in October. We will keep the website updated and will invite patients to make appointments as soon as we have confirmation of vaccine delivery.
Change of Lockdown Rules 19th July - UPDATED COVID PROCEDURES
UPDATED COVID PROCEDURES FOR MEOPHAM MEDICAL CENTRE - Change of lockdown Rules 19th July
In order to keep our patients and our staff safe, we have decided not to change any of the safety procedures we have in place when lockdown rules end on the 19th July.
We will continue to minimise the number of patients in our waiting area, by allowing patients to enter only when necessary and at their appointment time.
We will continue to see patients face to face, as we have done throughout the pandemic, once a clinician has triaged the patient by phone and feels a face-to-face appointment is necessary.
The Local Medical Council has advised that masks are still to be worn in a healthcare environment, and so we ask that you continue to do this for your own safety and that of our staff.
Our Dispensary will continue to follow the same procedures, if medication is being collected please continue to collect between 10am-12pm and 3pm-5pm from the usual place.
We feel these measures are the best way to keep the risk of Covid transmission to patients and staff to a minimal, especially with the current sharp rise in local cases.
Please help us to continue to keep patients and staff safe by adhering to our procedures.
Healthy iO Home ACR Kidney Testing Kit
Message for people with diabetes at the practice:
As you know, as part of your diabetes annual review, urine testing is really important to look for early signs of kidney damage. We do this through a test called the albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) test, which looks for small amounts of protein in the urine.
We know people struggle to do the test, and many would prefer to avoid the clinic and test at home wherever possible. That’s why we are offering a new, NHS funded service to allow people to do this test at home with a kit and a smartphone.
If you meet the criteria for the new service, you will receive a text message (or a letter!) about this testing process, which is run by Healthy.io. If you want to find out more, please click here: http://bit.ly/uACRtest.
This text is not a scam; you do not need to pay for the service, and if you would rather opt out of the process you can say at any time. If you want to speak to their customer support team, you can call them on 020 7183 7939.
Looking forward to hearing your feedback!
Unprecedented amount of telephone calls
We are experiencing an unprecedented amount of telephone calls at the moment and our staff are doing their best to answer them quickly and efficiently. Please be patient and try our new online triage service EConsult to contact the surgery and you will get a response within 24 hours. Thank you
eConsult is not available from 6.30pm on Fridays - 8.00am on Mondays, and also over Bank Holidays. Service will resume at 8.00am the day after Bank Holidays.
Due to coronavirus, help protect patients and staff by using our online services called eConsult, available 24:7. Using this service is very easy, there is no need to download an application or to register, simply click eConsult
eConsult lets our patients consult with their NHS GP online by completing a quick form that is sent and reviewed by the practice. It can also direct patients to self-help, pharmacy advice and local self-referral services. It can also be used for administrative queries and requests.
As our phone lines are extremely busy, this is an alternative option for patients to contact the surgery. Simply use eConsult and avoid the queue.
Update regarding Face to Face Appointments
Please click on the link below to read our Update on Face to Face Appointments
Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccination Update - LMN Care Primary Care Network
Due to yesterday’s announcement to changes to delivering the Oxford AstraZeneca to those between the ages of 18-29, we would like to take this opportunity to update you on what this means going forward.
To clarify, patients in that age range that are entitled to, but may not had, their 1st doses are patients that are Health and Social Care workers, Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, at Risk patients and those that live with in a household with an immunosuppressed patient.
Those that have an appointment booked this weekend can still attend to have their vaccination, if they so wish.
You will be spoken to by a clinician prior to your vaccination to make sure you understand the risks and the benefits of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccination. If you wish to wait for another option, Meopham Medical Centre and Jubilee Medical Group will ensure you are contacted when we have an alternative option, over the forthcoming weeks.
We would like to clarify this option of offering an alternative to the Oxford AstraZeneca is only for those within the 18-29 age range that are due to have their 1st vaccination at this moment in time.
If you have booked into a Mass Vaccination Site, your appointment will be cancelled and you will be directed to discuss your vaccine options with your GP practice.
If you have already had your 1st dose you are encouraged to still attend to have your 2nd irrespective of age. You will not be offered an alternative 2nd dose or to re-start the vaccine course. There has been no reported cases of blood clotting in patients that have had the 2nd dose Oxford AstraZeneca.
If you are due your 1st dose and wish to discuss this beforehand or cancel your appointment please email your respective practices.
We are sorry that we cannot offer Covid testing. You will need to call 119 to book an appointment or visit the Government website to find out how to order a test.
Please wear a face mask or covering if you are entering the practice. This is to protect other patients and our staff.