Latest Practice News

15th Jun

Staff Training Afternoon

Thursday 17th June - Training Afternoon

The Surgery will be closed from 1.30pm on Thursday 17th June for staff training and will not reopen until until Friday 18th June at 8.00am.

If you need to speak to a doctor urgently, please telephone the out of hours service on 111.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

14th Jun

COVID Vaccine Clinic

 

We will be running clinics for both Oxford Astra Zeneca and Pfizer vaccinations on Saturday 19th June. This will be for patients who had their first does at the surgery before 1st May, and for those eligible for first doses.  

We can only offer you your Second vaccine at the surgery if you have had your first vaccine here. 

If we have not contacted you already, please send us an email via our Contact Us page https://www.meophammedicalcentre.co.uk/contact-us and we will arrange an appointment for you.

Jubilee are now running their own Oxford Astra Zeneca and Pfizer clinics at Longfield and New Ash Green Surgeries and so they will be in contact with their own patients to arrange appointments.

When coming for your Covid vaccine appointment, please try not to come early – this leads to queues. Please also adhere to social distance rules whilst waiting for your appointment.

eConsult
25th May

eConsult

 

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.

 

17th May

Tuesday 18th May - Training Afternoon

The Surgery will be closed from 1.00pm on Tuesday 18th May for staff training and will not reopen until until Wednesday 19th May at 8.00am.

If you need to speak to a doctor urgently, please telephone the out of hours service on 111.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

17th May

COVID Vaccine Clinic

 

We will be running clinics for for Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccinations on 22nd May, 5th June and 12th June. This will be for patients who had their first does at the surgery before 31st March, and for those eligible for first doses. We are also running a Pfizer clinic on Friday 28th May. 

We can only offer you your Second vaccine at the surgery if you have had your first vaccine here. 

If we have not contacted you already, please send us an email via our Contact Us page https://www.meophammedicalcentre.co.uk/contact-us and we will arrange an appointment for you.

Jubilee are now running their own Oxford Astra Zeneca clinics at Longfield and New Ash Green Surgeries and so they will be in contact with their own patients to arrange appointments.

When coming for your Covid vaccine appointment, please try not to come early – this leads to queues. Please also adhere to social distance rules whilst waiting for your appointment.

Face to Face Appointment Update
14th May

Update regarding Face to Face Appointments

Please click on the link below to read our Update on Face to Face Appointments

 

Letter 140521.pdf

11th May

Covid Vaccination Clinics Update

 

This week we are running clinics for the Pfizer vaccinations ONLY. If you had your first dose Pfizer vaccination at the Surgery before 25th March 2021, then you can book in for your second dose on Friday 14th or Saturday 15th May 2021. If we have not contacted you already, please send us an email via our contact us page https://www.meophammedicalcentre.co.uk/contact-us and we will arrange an appointment for you.

We will be running a clinic for Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccinations on 22nd May, 5th June and 12th June. This will be for patients who had their first dose at the Surgery before 31st March, and those eligible for first doses.

We can only offer you your Second vaccine at the surgery if you have had your first vaccine here. 

Jubilee are now running their own Oxford Astra Zeneca clinics at Longfield and New Ash Green Surgeries and so they will be in contact with their own patients to arrange appointments.

When coming for your Covid vaccine appointment, please try not to come early – this leads to queues. Please also adhere to social distance rules whilst waiting for your appointment.

13th Apr

Covid Vaccine Update – 13/04/2021 – Cohort 10

Further to the Government’s announcement today, we are pleased to confirm that we are now able to invite patients in Cohort 10 (45-49 year olds) for their first vaccination.
 
Please do not contact the Surgery regarding your vaccination. We will be contacting you by phone or text from Monday 19th April and hope to run our first clinic for Cohort 10 on Saturday 24th April, which will be by appointment only.
 
If you are a Jubilee patient please wait to be contacted by them as they are now running their own Oxford AstraZeneca clinics.
8th Apr

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.

22nd Mar

COVID Vaccine Clinic

 We will be running a Covid vaccination clinic on Saturday 17th April 

This is for 2nd Astra Zeneca Oxford doses. You will be contacted by telephone or text to arrange an appointment for the clinic.

 

If you are in cohort 1-9 and you have not heard from the surgery regarding your vaccine, this may be due to incorrect contact details on your record. Please use the Contact Us form on the website to update your details and we will be in contact to arrange an appointment for you.

 

We are receiving an unprecedented amount of enquiries regarding the vaccination. Please do not contact the surgery regarding this. We will contact you.

When coming for your Covid vaccine appointment, please try not to come early – this leads to queues. Please also adhere to social distance rules whilst waiting for your appointment.

 

COVID VACCINE UPDATE - 23rd March 2021:
 
2nd dose vaccines can now be given anywhere between day 77 up until day 84.
 
Arrival of the 2nd doses will be dictated to us. We are hoping we will have more than a few days notice to move patients forward if need be.
Those that may be effected in the upcoming months, by a possible change of date, will be contacted by their own surgeries. You do not need to contact us, as we will not be able to give an answer until closer to your original 2nd appointment.
 
Tomorrow sees us complete all the 2nd doses of Pfizer vaccine for anyone that had their 1st vaccine before the 11th January.
If you have had you have had your 1st vaccine done elsewhere (ie at a hospital, Mass Vaccination Site, a surgery that is not within LMN Care PCN) you MUST return to that site to have your 2nd.
 
Going forward:
 
- All 2nd dose Pfizer vaccines will be conducted at Meopham Medical Centre
- Patients from Longfield or NAG will attend NAG surgery for their 1st Oxford AZ doses
- Patients from Longfield or NAG that have had the 1st Oxford AZ vaccine will attend NAG for their 2nd
- Patients from Meopham will continue to come to Meopham Medical Centre for their 1st and 2nd Oxford AZ vaccine.
 
We are awaiting NHSE to allow us to start moving down to Cohort 10 (45-49 year olds), Cohort 11 (40-44 year olds) and Cohort 12 (18-39 year olds) to administer 1st doses.
15th Feb

WEEKLY COVID VACCINATION UPDATE

We do not have any vaccination clinics running this week.

Please see the update below that we have received regarding Covid vaccinations via the National Booking Service (NBS).
 
  • Invitation letters are currently being sent out to 56 to 59 year olds (JCVI priority cohort 8) as of 6th March 2021
  • First text messages which NBS has ever sent going to 55 year olds on Tuesday 9th Mach 2021, with letters to the 55 year olds following on Thursday 11th March 2021. The reason for the slight gap is to assess the impact of the texts on appointment booking.
  • Some letters will now be sent out in blue envelopes, to help Royal Mail prioritise them if necessary, and to make them stand out more to patients.

We are recieving an unprecedented amount of enquiries regarding the vaccination. 

Please do not contact the Surgery regarding this. We will contact you.

There is a reservation list but only for the cohort we are currently working on. If you are not in Cohort 6 please do not be asked to be added to the list. 

More information can be found on priority groups for the vaccine can be found on the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-care-home-and-healthcare-settings-posters/covid-19-vaccination-first-phase-priority-groups

 

14th Jan

COVID 19 VACCINE INFORMATION

 We are providing Covid-19 vaccinations at Meopham Medical Centre for our own patients and those from the following practices:

·         Jubilee Medical Group - Longfield

·         Jubilee Medical group - New Ash Green

We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you. There will be home visits for housebound patients, that have not yet been vaccinated.

Please read the questions and answers below about our local vaccination service. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.

 

How do you prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group? 

LMC Care, consisting of Meopham Medical Centre, New Ash Green and Longfield medical practices will be amalgamating our patients together, to ensure that everyone is contacted equally. We will be contacting those “most at risk” in the current cohort first among the three practises then working our way down the list alphabetically.

How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?

Going forward, everyone that has given us a mobile number will receive a text message linked to a survey asking if you wish to have the vaccine or not. If you respond with a yes, when we reach the cohort you are placed in, you will receive another text message linked to a survey to book yourself in an appointment. You may be offered a drive through option or a walk through depending what is available on that date. Upon booking that appointment, please accept that as confirmation of your booking.

Those that don’t have mobile phone numbers, we will contact you via your land line to book you into an available appointment slot. We will try contacting you up to three times across a course of a few days, if we are unable to contact you on the third attempt we will send you a letter asking you to get in touch with us.

If we do not hold any form of phone number, we will be sending out letters requesting you get in touch to update your details.

If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?

If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call 01474 814 811 or inform us using eConsult.

How are you supporting patients with dementia to get vaccinated?

We are extremely lucky in our PCN that we have ongoing contact with patients next of kin’s and implement operational care plans for our dementia patients. We will be using these care plans to get in contact with our dementia patients to ensure that they do have their vaccines, and will be in contact with their next of kin’s in due course to organise this.

Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?

We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. If that is not possible, Arthur Eyre at Meopham Community Bus Welfare Committee has kindly offered to support those in need, please contact him on 07860 364065

receptionist
12th Sep 2020

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. We are investigating the option of opening up another telephone line and having more staff to answer the calls. 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 

covid
11th Sep 2020

Covid testing

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.

Click here for the link for the government testing information

flu
7th Aug 2020

FLU 2020/21

Over 65's

Thank you to all those who attended the Flu clinic on 26th September. Due to an unprecedented demand it was incredibly busy, and we would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding.

We have added extra clinics. Please see the section entitled Dispensary and Flu Clinic information for dates and times. The Flu Clinics are by appointment only. Please call the Surgery for an appointment. 

For further information regarding clinic's please continue to check our website.

Under 65's at risk


Please call the Surgery to book an appointment in one of our designated Flu Clinics if you are in an at risk group and have been contacted by letter or text.

If you are a household member or a carer of a shielded patient, you are eligible for the flu vaccination. Please contact Reception for an apppointment.

Please note that if you are aged between 50 and 64 and are not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and cooperation. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical at risk group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier. 

Thank you

 

 

Face mask
7th Aug 2020

Face coverings

Please wear a face mask or covering if you are entering the practice. This is to protect other patients and our staff.

Thank you

Pills
7th Aug 2020

We are changing the way we recall patients for medication reviews.....

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we are changing the way we recall patients for their medication and long term condition reviews. During these unprecedented times, we have had to reduce the number of patients coming into the surgery, and it has given us the opportunity to rethink how we can manage reviews more effectively.

Patients will now be recalled every year, in the month of their birthday. If you require any blood tests or checks, we will ask you to come in and have those, and then an appointment will be made with a GP, Clinical Pharmacist or Practice Nurse for your annual review. It may even be possible for the clinician to conduct the annual review over the telephone. This allows us to manage patient’s appointments in a better way, and also stops patients having to come into the surgery for multiple appointments if they don’t need to, which manages your time and safety more effectively. 

We hope you enjoy your birthday and look forward to seeing you at the surgery soon.

If you think you are due for a medication review before we contact you then please call us to check.