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This is a list of some of the services & clinics we provide. If you have a query that does not seem to be covered here contact the practice nurse who will be able to give appropriate advice.
Need an endoscopy? Don’t miss your appointment, it’s safe to attend
Patients not attending urgent endoscopies because of fears of Covid-19 are at risk of missing the opportunity for diagnosis and treatment of serious conditions.
Initially up to 20% of patients across Kent and Medway did not attend or opted to delay their procedure after the first lockdown was lifted because of worries about catching the virus. Patients are urged to attend for their endoscopy because their doctor thinks they may have a serious condition which needs investigating. The risk of missing a diagnosis and any possible treatment far outweighs what is now a low risk of catching any infection in hospital.
Hospital teams are taking significant steps to minimise the risk of Covid-19, which include stringent infection controls and the use of PPE, including a requirement for all staff and patients to wear masks. Only patients without any Covid-19 symptoms are allowed into non-Covid areas of hospitals, where endoscopy clinics are based. Social distancing, hand hygiene and frequent surface cleaning are enforced. In endoscopy units, all clinical staff are in PPE, rooms are deep cleaned after each procedure, including filtering rooms’ air between patients.
Patients triaged and assessed as routine may have a longer wait to be seen. They are encouraged to seek advice from their hospital endoscopy if their symptoms change or worsen.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse, at least 6 weeks before you travel, to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to contact us immediately you are aware you are travelling abroad as you will need to complete a travel questionnaire. depending on where you are travelling to, you may require travel vaccines. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Once you have completed the travel questionaire and returned it to us, the Practice Nurse will phone you to make an appointment, if it is necessary for you to have some travel vaccines.
WE REQUIRE 6-8 WEEKS NOTICE IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT REQUIRE TRAVEL VACCINES this is to ensure we have sufficient availability of appointments for travel vacccinations. (Priority will always be given to patients that are unwell) . If you do not give 6-8 weeks notice you will have to obtain travel vaccinations from a travel clinic who will charge you a fee.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
February 23, 2021
As you may already be aware, Oaklands Health Centre are administering the covid vaccination for our Primary Care Network.
Please do not call Oaklands or ourselves regarding the vaccination as you will be contacted in due course.
Group 5 – over 65sThis group of patients will be receiving a letter centrally telling them to book into a mass vaccination centre, such as the one held at Debenhams in Folkestone. You can do this by phoning 119 or going to the GOV.UK website.
Group 6 – High risk (16 to 65)Patients in this cohort have been identified from each practice in our Primary Care Network and will be contacted shortly.
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