Hearing Aid Clinic
We now have a hearing aid clinic held alternate Wednesdays at the surgery, they offer hearing assessments and also replace hearing aid batteries for free during their clinics at the surgery alternatively you can visit them at hearbase at the back entrance to Middle Street car park in Deal, where they will replace batteries for free. If you feel you need to have your Hearing checked please make an appointment with your GP who will arrange a referral for you to be seen at the surgery.
If you require travel immunisations please make an appointment to see the practice nurse as early as possible before your proposed travel. You will be required to produce a printout stating which vaccinations are necessary for the countries you are visiting. This is available from Masta Travel on 0870 606 2782 or by visiting http://www.masta.org.
Most vaccines at the surgery are free. For others (rabies, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, cholera etc) a fee will be payable. For further information and advice contact:
Boots Canterbury OR Clockwork Pharmacy
12 Gravel Walk 7 High Street
CT1 2TF CT14 7AA
Telephone: 01227 470944 Telephone: 01304 375781
Alternatively, visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for more information regarding travel immunisations.
Child Health Checks And Immunisations
A doctor and practice nurse hold a clinic every Wednesday afternoon for routine child development checks and childhood immunisations. The health visitors hold a baby clinic on a Thursday morning at the Community Clinic on Bowling Green Lane behind Deal Hospital.
Contraception, Sexual Health Problems
Patients wishing to discuss sexual problems can make an appointment with any doctor or practice nurse. All such advice is confidential. Emergency contraception (the morning after pill) can be obtained from the surgery, casualty department or over the counter in most chemists.
This is important to ensure that you are healthy at the start of pregnancy and to discuss the need for vitamin supplements. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse or the doctor.
This important test is recommended for all women aged between 25-49 every three years and women aged between 50 - 64 every five years. You will receive a reminder when this test is due. It can be carried out by either the practice nurse or doctor.
All women between the ages of 50 - 70 are eligible for breast screening. You will automatically receive an invitation from the Health Authority every 3 years. If in the meantime you are worried, you can always come and see your doctor who can refer you, if necessary, to a consultant.
These clinics are run by the midwife. Antenatal care is shared between your GP and the midwives who also work closely with the hospital to help your pregnancy run smoothly. Once baby is here the midwives also look after you for the first 10 days after delivery. Contact number 01304 201624 and ask for the maternity department.
Minor Surgery Clinic
A range of minor operations is carried out by all the doctors. Your doctor will arrange to perform your minor operation.
Asthma And Diabetic Clinics
Special clinics are run to help in the management of these common conditions. The nurse or doctor will advise you about these.
We have two counsellors attached to the surgery. If you wish to see one of them you will need to be referred by your GP. Alternatively, patients may self-refer to the Dover Counselling Service (01304 204123) or to Kent Stressbusters on 01303 850674.
Mental Health Team
Referrals to a member of the team are made via your doctor.
Smoking Cessation Advice
If you wish to give up smoking, we have an advisor within the practice who will be happy to discuss the various forms of medication available on the NHS, to help you achieve your goal. Please contact the surgery and ask for Deborah Hyder for further advice.
If you have not attended the surgery for three years, or you are over 75 years old and have not attended the surgery in the last 12 months, make an appointment at the surgery and your doctor or nurse will offer you a brief health check at the time of the consultation.
Various non-NHS services are provided for which we charge the recommend BMA fees. Such services include pre-employment medicals, insurance medicals, holiday cancellation forms, private sickness certificates, HGV/PSV/elderly drivers medicals, private health insurance claim forms, vaccinations and immunisations not paid for by the NHS. Please ask at reception for the current recommended charge and about any service not mentioned above.
Influenza And Pneumonia Vaccine
In accordance with Department of Health guidelines, we recommend an influenza plus pneumonia vaccination for patients with diabetes, chronic heart, lung or kidney disease and residents of nursing and rest homes. Clinics will be held each September/October, dates and times will be displayed in reception.
Please note that the Department no longer sends out reminder letters. You must make an appointment for yourself.
||Triple (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Polio, Hib (Haemophilus), Rotavirus & Prevenar (Pneumococcal)
||Triple (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Polio, Hib (Haemophilus) & Rotavirus
||Triple (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Polio, Hib (Haemophilus) & Prevenar (Pneumococcal)
||1st dose MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) & Prevenar Booster (Pneumococcal), Hib & Men C (Haemophilus & Meningitis)
|3 years 4 months
||Pre-school booster (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) and Polio plus 2nd MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella)
||Booster - Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio, Men AWY
We do not do vaccines for occupational health purposes, such as Hepatitis B, are normally provided by an employer's own occupational health service.
Sexual Health Clinics
If you think you may have contracted a sexually-transmitted infection, a helpline is available on 01303 228808. There are four clinics in this area that offer sexual health services:
- Dover Health Centre. This is available for men and women every Wednesday between 2.00 - 4.00pm (no appointment needed). Telephone 205525.
- Foord Road Clinic, Folkestone. This is available for men and women on Tuesday (9.30 - 11.30am and 2.00 - 4.00pm) and Wednesday (9.30 - 11.30am). Telephone 01303 58286.
- Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury. This is available in the outpatients department (annex of Clinic B) on Mondays and Tuesdays (2.00 - 4.00pm) for women only, Wednesday (2.00 - 4.00pm) for men only plus Thursday (1.30 - 4.00pm) for patients of both sexes. Telephone 01227 766877.
- William Harvey Hospital, Ashford. This is available for men and women every Thursday between 9.30am and 12 noon. Telephone 01233 633331.
Choose and Book
If your GP decides that you need to see a consultant, he/she may be able to refer you via the computer system. This will enable you to choose from a list of four or five hospitals/clinics where possible and either book your appointment yourself by phone or the internet, or ask at reception and one of the staff will book an appointment for you.
We are very fortunate to have most services available at our local hospital. Many outpatient clinics (in most disease areas) are available, as well as X-rays, physiotherapy, minor surgery, Day Case Surgery and inpatient beds.