Latest Practice News

6th Dec

Covid Clinic Date Added

We will be running another Covid and Flu vaccination clinic on Thursday 16th December from 4-6pm. If you were previously sent a link by text, then please use the same link to book an appointment online for your Covid booster and/or flu vaccine. If you have previously been invited but are having problems booking online, then please email us via the Contact Us Form
 
1st Dose Covid Vaccine
- Anyone over 16 years of age (will have 2nd dose 12 weeks later)
 
2nd Dose Covid Vaccine
- 8 weeks after 1st dose for Over 18's
- 12 weeks after 1st dose for 16 & 17 Year olds.
 
Third Dose Covid Vaccine (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.
 
Covid Booster Vaccine
- At least 3 months after their 2nd dose
 
PLEASE DO NOT TRY AND BOOK BEFORE 3 MONTHS POST 2nd DOSE AS YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY
 
 
We will be organising more clinics in the New Year, and will update the website when appointments are available for these clinics.
 
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
29th Nov

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.

Pt data Oct 2021 PDF.pdf

29th Nov

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

23rd Nov

Zero Tolerance

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.

23rd Nov

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.

16th Nov

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.

15th Nov

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

4.00pm-6.00pm

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

15th Nov

Tuesday 16th November - Surgery Closed for Training

The Surgery will be closed for staff training on Tuesday 16th November from 1.00pm -6.30pm.
 
The dispensary will be open as usual from 3-5pm.
 
We will reopen as normal on Wednesday 17th November at 8.00am.
 
If you have a medical emergency please call NHS 111.
 
 
 
12th Nov

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

11th Oct

Upcoming Clinics

Covid and Flu Clinic Update

All Covid clinics, except for Saturday 13th November, are by appointment only. Please only come along if you have booked an appointment with us. Please use the Contact Us form if you have any queries regarding booking in.

The booster vaccinations will be offered to the over 50s, health and care workers and younger adults with certain health conditions.

All of our booster vaccinations are Pfizer. You can have this vaccine even if you had the AstraZeneca vaccination originally.

 

Wednesday 10th November

4.00pm-6.00pm

This clinic is for Over 70's or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable patients to have their Covid booster and/or Flu vaccine. You need to have had your Second dose Covid vaccine before 17th May in order to have your Covid booster. By Appointment only.

 

Saturday 13th November

9.00am - 12.00pm

This clinic will be for 1st, 2nd or 3rd Doses only, not Covid boosters - unless booked by Surgery team.

This is walk in clinic and no appointment is necessary.

Third doses of the Covid vaccine are offered to patients through hospitals if they are identified as needing an extra vaccine, usually due to a condition or treatment that they are having. They may then be offered a booster 6 months after the third dose.

 

Wednesday 17th November

4.00pm-6.00pm

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.

 

If you have any queries, please send us an email via our Contact Us page https://www.meophammedicalcentre.co.uk/contact-us

20th Sep

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.

7th Sep

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.

13th Jul

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.  

minuteful kidney test
29th Jun

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!

receptionist
23rd Jun

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
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.

 

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

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.

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

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