TEXT MESSAGE APPOINTMENT REMINDERS
From week commencing 12 February we are commencing a text message appointment reminder service and on 9 February all patients with a mobile number registered in our system will receive a text message alerting them to the service. The message will also have a link to an app that will allow patients to book appointments on line, but please note that this not a requirment of the reminder service.
Should you wish to download the app it will be self explanatory; should you not wish to take advantage of the reminder service at all please let us know.
You should let us know if you are a carer and ask if this could be registered on your medical record.
As a carer you are entitled to an annual flu jab and your GP practice may offer additional services to carers, such as a regular health check or a carers support group.
Carers are at a much higher risk of becoming ill themselves and your GP can help to keep you fit and well by offering regular health checks and by recognising the effects caring can have on your health, such as depression and back pain.
GPs can give information about aspects of a treatment or medical procedure planned for the person you care for and can offer advice on the skills you need as a carer, such as how to change a dressing or give medication. The relationship between GP and carer should be viewed as a partnership in care.
The person you care for may also be able to access practical support through the NHS. This could include equipment such as wheelchairs, or supplies to help with incontinence. For more information about help that might be available, talk to your GP or practice nurse.
Blood Tests are available at Sevenoaks Hospital for Town Medical Centre Patients only at the following times:-
Tuesdays 8.00am - 12 noon
Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Thursdays 8.00am - 12 noon
NAMED, ACCOUNTABLE GP
Under the terms of the latest GP contract, NHS England requires that all patients are allocated a Named, Accountable GP.
Your Accountable GP will be the named doctor you are registered with. If you wish to be told the name of your Accountable GP, please ask the receptionists when you are next in the surgery.
Having a named GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor.
PUBLICATION OF GP EARNINGS
NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised and the required disclosure is show below. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice and should not be used for any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparisons with other practices.
All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (eg average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working at Town Medical Centre in the last financial year was £55310 before tax and National Insurance. This is for one full time GP and three part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.
Interested in Registering?
The Town Medical Centre welcomes new patients from within a restricted boundary. Please telephone or call in for details of our practice area. We ask newly registering patients to complete a questionnaire bringing the doctor up-to-date with the current state of health.
For families with children we emphasise the particular importance of the immunisation and vaccination history of each child.
We encourage new patients to make an early appointment with our healthcare assistant for a check-up and introduction to our staff and facilities, when they submit their registration forms.
Surgery Opening Times
The Practice is open from 8.00am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
We provide morning and afternoon surgeries everyday, and an extended hours service on Tuesday and Fridays.
Please note that the surgery will be closed from 12.30 on the following dates for staff training:
8 March 2018
9 May 2018
7 June 2018
17 July 2018
13 September 2018
30 October 2018
14 November 2018
Please telephone or call in for more details of specific surgery times