Tel: 01622 756721
IC24 (Integrated Care 24) 03000 242424 between 6.00 - 6.30pm
WE HAVE MOVED
We are delighted to inform you that we have now moved to our new surgery premises located at:
1 Bower Mount Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 8AX
King Street Surgery closed on Thursday the 6th of March and the London Road Surgery closed on the 7th March.
We are a General Practice based in central Maidstone, Kent, providing a full range of Primary Care services. The team consists of 7 doctors (3 male and 4 female), 2 practice nurses, 2 Health Care Assistants, our Practice Manager and 10 administrative staff.
We provide a full range of primary care services, aiming for the best of old-fashioned caring family practice combined with the best of contemporary medical developments.
We are a GP training practice and we serve a population of approximately 10,000 patients.
New patients are registered with the practice and assigned to one of the GP partners. To maintain continuity of care, patients are encouraged to make appointments as required, with their designated doctor.
More urgent problems may otherwise be dealt with on the day of presentation by the duty doctor on call for the day.
Medical records are computerised. All paper medical records are held at Bower Mount Medical Practice.
Monday to Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 5 february 2015
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Dr David A Newman
Dr Linda V Morgan
Dr Elizabeth C Harland
Dr Nicholas Dewar
Dr Shobha Ravindra
Dr Jaddugadde Ravindra
Dr Hannah Ladd
FY2 (Foundation Doctors)
These doctors have been qualified for a year and are here to get GP experience. They may however go on to specialise any area from brain surgery to General practice. Our FY2 doctors will often (but not always) speak to the supervising doctor when you see them. (Usually with us for a 4 month block)
All our trainees have been allocated a supervising doctor who will support as required.
If you have a specific doctor who you wish to see, please ask at the time of booking and the receptionists will do their best to accommodate your needs.
Our medical students are all within their final year at University College, (UCL) London or Imperial College, London. If a medical student sees you, you will always be seen by a Senior Doctor as well.
We are very grateful for the continued support of our patients in the training of this next generation of Doctors.
The name of the duty chemist can be obtained from the local pres, from IC24 (03000 242424) or from the police.
WEDNESDAY 21st JANUARY 2015
The on-line appointments are now working again. Unfortunately the server went down which disconnected the practice. Sorry for the inconvenience.
FLU VACCINES - now booking for October clinics
Every year we hold flu immunisation clinics for people at risk from flu including those with diabetes, asthma and chest conditions or aged over 65.
Please ask at the reception desk or telephone the surgery after 10.30am to book with the Health Care Assistants. The clinics are being held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
SHINGLES VACCINATION - 2014 campaign
Were you aged 70, 78 or 79 on 1st September 2014? Please book your appointment with the practice nurse.
AUTOMATED TELEPHONE SYSTEM will cease to be used from December 2014 but draw your attention to the availability of the on-line service for GP appointments, which can be used in a much more user friendly way, details and a password can be obtained by speaking to reception.
FROM 3 SEPTEMBER 2014 we are offering Electronic Prescriptions, for more information and to sign up for this service prior, please ask at the reception desk for an information leaflet and sign up form. If you currently collect your prescription from us and are on regular repeat medication this service will be beneficial to you.
All our patients at Bower Mount Medical Practice have a Named "Usual GP".
We are asked this year to ensure that all patients aged over 75 know the name of their "Named GP".
We would encourage our patients to check with the doctor, to confirm that they are certain of the identity of their named GP, when they have an appointment at the surgery.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is aware that a spam email is being sent to members of the public regarding cancer test results.
NICE is advising people who have received the email to delete it without opening it and not to click on any links.
For further updates visit www.nice.org.uk or @NICEComms on Twitter
How information about you helps us to provide better care
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care”.
More information can be found here www.nhs.uk/caredata.
Should you wish to opt-out, download the form, complete and hand in to reception: www.medconfidential.org/how-to-opt-out
FLU VACCINE for 2-3 year olds - for more information about the nasal spray flu vaccine please click on the following link: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx
From July 1 2013 a new vaccine against Rotavirus infection, a common cause of diarrhoea and sickness, will be offered to all babies as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The rotavirus vacine will be given to babies at two months of age and again at three months alongside their other routine childhood vaccinations. Your child will be recalled at the appropriate time. Rotavirus Flyer
It’s not always possible to prevent shingles, but a vaccine called Zostavax can reduce your chances of developing the condition by about 40%. From September 2013, people aged 70 will be routinely offered the shingles vaccine on the NHS, with a catch-up programme for people aged 71 to 79. We will recall patients at the appropriate time. Shingles Leaflet
Maidstone & Malling Carers Project. Do you look after a family member, partner or friend who needs support because of disability, illness, addiction or frailty? If so, you are a carer. Maidstone Community Support Centre, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent is a point of contact for carers living in Maidstone & Malling and surrounding rural areas needing support, information and assistance. For help with support, information, assistance and training contact: 01622 685276 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.vam-online.org.uk/carersproject.
Out of Hours cover has been renamed and re-launched as Integrated Care 24 or IC24. Should you have an emergency they can be contacted on the same telephone number as before 03000 242424 when the surgery is closed between 6.00-6.30pm. From 6.30pm until the surgery opens at 8.00am, please contact the new NHS111 service by dialling 111.
NSL Care Services - Patient Transport Booking
NSL Care Services - Patient Transport Booking
From 1 July 2013 should you need transport in order to attend a medical appointment and you have received confirmation from the hospital which states location and specific clinic, please contact the transport provide (NSL) directly on 08432 241888 to see if you are eligible for this service.
The Practice are very happy to announce that Dr. J Ravindra, who is the husband of Dr. Shobha Ravindra will be joined us in July and has taken over the care of Dr. Bala's patients. Dr. Ravindra comes to us as a very experienced GP and Trainer of Doctors wishing to pursue a career as a GP.
Dr. Hannah Ladd has also joined the practice. Dr. Ladd comes to us also as a very experienced GP, having worked for a number of years in the Medway area. Dr. Ladd will take over the care of Dr. McCauley's patients.
Parking is available with designated disabled parking. Please show consideration for our neighbours in leaving their driveways clear.
We have wheelchair access, toilet facilities and a lift for the disabled.