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If you have any comments or suggestions about this site, or how it can be improved, please contact Ravi Iyer (Practice Manager) at gp.g82013@nhs.net. The Partners and Management have discussed with our Patient Participation Group and are keen to recruit a patient who has time and website editing skills to help improve the website. 

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Flu Clinics - 2020

Please see Latest News about Flu Clinics - 2020

 

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Physiotherapy First

An NHS initiative will affect Amherst patients aged 18 and older with musculoskeletal (MSK) problems – for example, back and neck pain, sciatica, joint pain in hips, knees, feet, shoulders, elbows and fingers, and trigger finger (fingers stuck in a bent position).

See further information about Physiotherapy First

 

Pharmacy First West Kent Common Ailments Scheme

Service currently provided by Boots UK Ltd (High Street Sevenoaks), Paydens, Bat & Ball Pharmacy. See the Pharmacy First West Kent Common Ailments Scheme leaflet for further details.

 

Care Navigation

Patients may be asked to explain briefly what the problem is when they ring Amherst to book a GP appointment. Under NHS care navigation – or signposting – we aim to provide the most appropriate service

What and Why are we promoting Care Navigation

Signposting information

 

Improved Access and Extended Hours at Amherst Medical Practice

From July 2019 we will be providing at Sevenoaks, pre-booked appointments on selected days between 7.00am and 8pm with GPs, our Paramedic and our HCAs. See our Improved Access Timetable for further details.

 

Learning Afternoons

The Practice closes between 12.30 to 18.30 for Learning Afternoons.
The next Learning Afternoons are on: Wednesday 11th of November 2020.

For emergency medical help during this time please call 111.

 

Keeping in touch

Have you provided AMP with your email address? More than 8,000 patients have, but we would love to include every eligible patient on our email database.

Email is such a convenient and quick way to communicate with patients, and it’s far cheaper than sending letters in the post.

Via email we can let you know about important new campaigns, e.g., winter 'flu jabs. We can also send you all our practice news via regular e-newsletters.

 

Please join our mailing list

If you have not told us your email address, and know other patients who haven’t, and you and they would be happy to receive practice emails to help them keep up to date with everything from Amherst, please join our mailing list.

Note: Email addresses are used solely for matters directly related to the patient and treated as confidential.

 

ONEYOU - Kent and Medway

ONEYOU Kent and Medway provides NHS Free tips apps and services to help YOU improve more. Stop smoking. Drink less, Eat well and enjoy a healthier lifestyle
BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONEYOU.

 

Latest News

20/11/2020 **UPDATE** Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics

The practice is aware of this mornings (20/11/20) national news headlines which stated that GP practices will be from the 1st of December 2020 be offering flu vaccines to patients aged between 50 and 64 and are not in a clinical at risk group. Please note that the practice will contact these patients as and when the vaccine and staff capacity allows. As of today, the practice has received no direct information from NHS England and therefore we have no further information at this time. At this time, we are still completing our flu clinics for those identified as clinically at risk. Please be assured that the practice will contact patients as soon as possible. 

To ensure we maintain a Covide safe service, all clinics will be pre-booked and we will not be offering walk in clinics this year. This years planning has been a particular challenge amongst the background of the pandemic and we would like to reassure our patients that we are working hard to finalise the dates of these clinics which have to be planned around the delivery dates of the vaccines which this year have been to some extent delayed due to the Pandemic.  

Patients eligible for the free flu vaccine will receive an invitation via email or via post. Instructions will be included in this invitationClinic Dates

The flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is offered for free for those most at risk.

Vaccinations started in September and continue over the winter months, with appointments available throughout the season (so there is still plenty of time to book). Priority is given to those who are most at risk of flu. GP practices and pharmacies receive phased deliveries of the vaccine and flu clinics are scheduled to coincide with these deliveries. 

By staggering appointments over the winter months, we can help protect as many people as possible from flu.

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. Please contact your GP practice for more information or visit your local community pharmacy.

If you are a household member or a carer of a shielded patient, you are eligible for the flu vaccination. Please contact your GP practice for more information or visit your local community pharmacy.

For parents/carers of two and three year olds, you should receive an invitation for your child to have the vaccination at their GP practice before the winter. If you haven’t heard by early November, contact the practice directly to make an appointment. 

For primary school-aged children and those in Year 7 at secondary school, a vaccination session will be held at school during the autumn term. Your local healthcare team will contact you via the school.

Single Point of Access

If you have concerns about your mental health and you are NOT currently under the care and treatment of one of our Community Mental Health Teams or any other of our mental health services within the trust please make an appointment to see your GP, where you can discuss your concerns and they will advise and signpost you to the most appropriate service.

If however you need urgent or emergency mental health help and support and you are not currently receiving care and treatment from one of our Community Mental Health Teams, please call our 24/7 Single Point of Access on 0300 222 0123 or text 07860 022819.

Our Mental Health Single Point of Access (SPoA) provides a single route to obtain Urgent advice to all new patients to our Kent and Medway mental health services in urgent situations. When calling our SPoA you will be speaking to someone who can ensure you are put through to the right person or service.

 

We know that...

...you can’t always get an appointment with your chosen doctor as quickly as either you or we would like… we’d like to explain why.  Read further details about appointments...

 

Access to Medical Records

Since April 1, 2016 patients have been able to access their online medical records – which may include documents, blood test results and consultations. Read further details about access to Medical Records,..

 

Health Help Now

 

Health Help Now

The Health Help Now leaflet provides urgent help and advice including: Late Night and Sunday Pharmacies, Minor Injuries, Dental Emergency, Confidential and Emotional Support 24/7, and Social Services.

 

Common Childhood Illnesses and Wellbeing

See this this guide to common childhood illnesses and wellbeing.

 

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Patient Participation Group

Did you know we have a Patient Participation Group?

The purpose of the Patient Participation Group is to help us access and use your ideas for new projects, and gaining your views as to how the practice can improve and develop.

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If you need medical attention

'Choose' Well by choosing the right service. The short video below is all about Choosing the Right Service:

On-line Services

You can now view Allergies, Medications and Blood Test results within your medical record, or order your repeat prescription online using either the NHS App or Patient Access.

Available 24 hours a day, whether you're at home or work, it's especially useful when the practice is closed or telephone lines are busy.

If you currently leave your paper prescription at a local chemist for them to bring to Amherst using this new service is faster and more efficient. Your prescription will still go back to the chemist of your choice.

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The NHS - changes, pressures....

..and what it means for patients.  There is a lot going on in the NHS, especially in England.  You may have heard or read about some of the changes and pressures the service is facing.

We want to make sure you have the full story and know how to have your say.

This guide pulls together key information, provides links to other useful sites, and explains what the British Medical Association, representing UK doctors and medical students, think about it all.  

Read More about what is happening in the NHS

 

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