Latest Practice News
We are running the following clinics for Covid vaccinations. Unfortunately, we are unable to vaccinate Under 16's. Please make you are eligible for the vaccine you are coming in for;
Wednesday 26th January 2022
Covid vaccinations 4.00-6.00pm ~ Walk - In (No Appointment Needed)
Wednesday 9th February 2022
Covid vaccinations 4.00am-6.00pm ~ By Appointment Only
If you were previously sent a link by text, then please use the same link to book an appointment online. If you have previously been invited but are having problems booking online, then please email us at email@example.com
Temporary Changes to Sick Certificates for Employees
Employees eligible to receive statutory sick pay can normally self-certificate for the first seven days without being required to provide their employer with medical evidence to support sickness absence. For periods of absence longer than seven days, they must obtain medical evidence (a fit note) from their GP.
In order to free up GP capacity to focus on the government’s current priorities for the NHS of delivering the coronavirus booster programme and emergency care, employees will not be required to provide their employer with medical evidence of sickness absence for the first 28 days of absence. GPs will still be required to supply fit notes for periods of absence exceeding 28 days.
This change takes effect from 17 December, but applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences which begin on or before 26 January 2022. The self-certification period will revert to seven days for absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022.
We are running the following clinics for Covid vaccinations. Unfortunately we are unable to vaccinate Under 16's. Please make you are eligible for the vaccine you are coming in for;
Thursday 23rd December 2021
Covid vaccinations 10.00am-2.30pm ~ By Appointment Only
2.00-4.30pm ~ Walk - In (No Appointment Needed)
Tuesday 28th December 2021
Covid vaccinations 9.00am-12.00 midday ~ Walk - In (No Appointment Needed)
Wednesday 29th December 2021
Covid vaccinations 10.00am-1.00pm ~ Walk - In (No Appointment Needed)
2.00 - 4.30pm ~ Walk - In (No Appointment Needed)
Wednesday 5th January 2022
Covid vaccinations 4.00-6.00pm ~ By Appointment Only
Covid Booster Vaccinations Update
Dear Patients of Jubilee Medical Group and Meopham Medical Centre,
Re: Covid Booster Vaccinations
In light of the Prime Ministers announcement on Sunday evening, the teams of LMN Care PCN have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure we have the availability to offer all 7603 patients, who are eligible for their booster by the 31st December, the opportunity to book them at their designated medical practice. Covid appointments between now and the 31st December have started rolling out to patients by forms of text messaging and telephone calls. To be able to complete this request from the Prime Minister, we have been directed to use our entire workforce to facilitate the running of these urgent clinics. Therefore, we are having to adjust the day to day routines of our practices and prioritise everyone’s workloads to focus on this mammoth operation. We kindly ask that our patients only contact us by phone for urgent care. EConsult will still be available but wait times may be longer than suggested to have a consultation with a clinician. Please be open and discuss your ailments with our reception teams so they can ensure you are triaged accordingly. We are fortunate to have fantastic local pharmacies that will be able to assist with most minor ailments. So please do use their services. All ad hoc administration work is being paused to the New Year, any critical administration tasks will be dealt with accordingly. We cannot thank our patients enough for all your support and understanding in the last 12 months. Without you we would not have been able to achieve what we have and administer over 25000 vaccines.
Covid Vaccination Team
Ordering Repeat Prescriptions
The last day for ordering Repeat Prescriptions for the Christmas Period is Monday 20th December at 1.00pm.
We cannot guarantee prescriptions will be ready before the Christmas period if we have received the request any later than this.
You can order your repeats through our website via the Request Repeat Prescription Form, you can then collect your medication from a pharmacy.
Are you ready for Christmas?
With only 2 weeks until the Christmas period begins, here are some top tips to get your healthcare all wrapped up for the holidays. Don’t forget that as Christmas Day falls on a Saturday and Boxing Day on a Sunday, it means that the bank holidays fall on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December.
Stock up your medicine cabinet
Be ready for winter by stocking up your medicine cabinet. Make sure you have a supply of common medication, such as paracetamol, cold remedies, plasters and a thermometer.
Order your repeat prescriptions
If you receive medication on a repeat prescription, make sure you have enough to last you over the festive period and have ordered it in plenty of time before the surgery closes. You can order your repeats through our website via the Request Repeat Prescription Form, you can then collect your medication from a pharmacy.
Visit your pharmacist
If you feel unwell, don’t leave it, visit a pharmacist. They can give free help and advice on many minor illnesses, such as colds, which can be safely treated at home without the need to see a doctor.
Use NHS 111
Use NHS 111 online or call 111 if you need help and are not sure where to go. It is open every day of the year and offers support on a wide range of conditions. They can book you an appointment at an urgent treatment centre if needed.
What to do if your GP practice is closed
If you urgently need medical care when your GP practice is closed, and the pharmacy can’t help, please call 111 or go to NHS 111 online for advice.
Covid Clinic Date Added
Patient Appointment Data
There is a lot of focus on GP appointments in the media at the moment, and we would like to share with you our appointment figures for the last couple of months.
Please click on the link below for the latest data on appointments for the period 11th October – 7th November 2021. Here you find comparison data for the same period in 2019 and 2020. This information is given to us by NHS England.
Covid Clinic Appointments
Our Covid clinics on Saturday 4th and 11th December are now fully booked. We will be adding clinics for January soon, and we will update the website when appointments are available to book for these clinics. Please do not telephone the surgery for Covid enquiries, our phone lines are extremely busy and we cannot book any more patients into our clinics. We will be in contact with any patients who are eligible for their vaccines as soon as we know when our next Covid clinics will be.
We thank you for your patience and understanding
Meopham Medical Centre Zero Tolerance Statement
In line with NHS policy, Meopham Medical Centre has a zero tolerance approach to aggression, abuse, violence, hate crimes and hate incidents, or anti-social behaviour towards our staff. The practice is committed to ensuring that staff managing direct relationships with the public (face-to-face, through emails, letters, telephone calls and social medias) are able to carry out their work free from aggression, abuse, violence, hate crimes and hate incidents, or anti-social behaviour from patients, their relatives or members of the public. Where a patient, relative or member of the public is alleged to have carried out an act of violence, aggression or harassed a member of staff, Meopham Medical Centre reserves the right to respond to the alleged incident, as deemed necessary in light of the circumstances, including involving the police where appropriate.
Covid Walk In Clinic - Wednesday 1st December 4.00-6.00pm
We will be holding a walk-In clinic on Wednesday 1st December, which will be for 1st, 2nd or 3rd doses ONLY (Not Boosters). Third doses of the Covid vaccine are offered to patients through hospitals if they are identified as needing an extra primary dose vaccine, usually due to a condition or treatment that they are having. They will then be offered a Booster vaccine 4 months later.
Please DO NOT attend for a Covid booster as you will be turned away.
No appointment is needed, please just make sure you are eligible - For second doses, you must have had your first dose before 6th October, and Third doses must bring proof of being invited by the hospital. Third doses ARE NOT the same as Boosters.
Advice and Guidance on Children under 18 Years of age who have had a recent Positive Covid Test.
Children aged 12-17 years - If a child has tested positive for COVID 19 they will need to wait 12 weeks before they can have a vaccine (Please Note 12-15 year olds are being vaccinated at school unless they are clinically extremely vulnerable or live with an immunosuppressed patient. Please do not attend the Walk in if your child is aged between 12-15).
This starts from the date that the symptoms started, or the date of the positive PCR test if they do not have symptoms.
16-17 Year olds - This age group are now able to have a 2nd vaccine 12 weeks after their first (if they are attending the walk in clinic they must have had their first dose on or before 8th September).
If they have tested positive in the 12 weeks prior to their 2nd dose they must start their 12 week wait from the date of the positive test.
Covid Booster Update
We will be contacting patients who are aged 40-49, and are due their Covid booster vaccinations, in the New Year along with any 16 and 17 year olds who still haven’t had their second dose vaccination.
We will be holding a walk-In clinic on Wednesday 1st December, which will be for 1st, 2nd or 3rd doses (Not Boosters). Third doses of the Covid vaccine are offered to patients through hospitals if they are identified as needing an extra primary dose vaccine, usually due to a condition or treatment that they are having. They will then be offered a Booster vaccine 4 months later.
The National Booking System will open for bookings for those aged 40 - 49 from 22 November, with the first tranche of national invitations issued shortly thereafter. NBS will be opened to individuals from 152 days (5 months) after their second dose, enabling booking on or after the recommended 182 days (6 months).
For those aged 16-17 years, the NBS will be available from 22 November for second dose bookings, with appointments available to this group no earlier than the recommended twelve weeks after their first.
Covid Clinic Appointments
We have added some more appointment slots for our Covid Clinics, please use the link that you received by text from us, to book your appointment for your Covid Booster.
Wednesday 17th November
You need to have had your Second dose Covid vaccine before 17th May in order to have your Covid booster. By Appointment only.
Saturday 20th November
09.00am - 12.30pm
You need to have had your Second dose Covid vaccine before 24th May in order to have your Covid booster. By Appointment only.
Saturday 27th November
09.00am - 12.00pm
You need to have had your Second dose Covid vaccine before 31st May in order to have your Covid booster. By Appointment only.
Saturday 4th December
09.00am - 12.00pm
You need to have had your Second dose Covid vaccine before 7th June in order to have your Covid booster. By Appointment only
Saturday 11th December
09.00am - 12.30pm
You need to have had your Second dose Covid vaccine before 14th June in order to have your Covid booster. By Appointment only
If you have any queries, please send us an email via our Contact Us page https://www.meophammedicalcentre.co.uk/contact-us
COVID BOOSTER APPOINTMENTS
We are aware that there are currently no more available bookable appointments for Covid boosters via our online booking system. We are awaiting more information on our delivery schedule for vaccines and as soon as we can, we will add more slots via the same link that was sent to patients by text.
Please bear with us, we are working as hard as we can to deliver the vaccines to our patients, and we will update the Practice website and social media as soon as we have more information.
Please do not attend the Walk In Clinic on Saturday 13th November for a Booster vaccine, as this clinic is only for 1st, 2nd and 3rd (NOT BOOSTER) vaccines.
Many Thanks for your understanding
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.