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Welcome to Birchington Medical Centre

We hope you find this website both useful and informative.

Flu Vaccination 2017

Please do not worry if you have missed our drop-in clinics for the flu jabs.  We can still give you your jab.  Please phone or call in to make an appointment.  More information about who is eligible can be found here 

 

Surgery Closure Dates for 2017

The next afternoon of staff training will take place Thursday 30th November 2017. The practice will close at 13.00 and not re-open until 08.00 the following day. Out of hours cover is provided by the 111 service for any matters that cannot wait until the next day. As always, in case of emergency, patients should call 999 for any life threatening situations.  For more information about the staff training days that take place across all practices in Thanet, please click here.

 

News from the Practice Manager - NEW GP Joins the Team

I am delighted to announce that Dr Mohamed Gamal-Eldin has now joined us for six clinical sessions a week. Dr Mohamed Gamal-Eldin is well known to the senior partners and has been training alongside Dr Ghazi in his special interest area of cardiology for some time now.

Our new Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Prescriber, Dan Gord, joined the team on the 19th June to give us a total of three ANPs. Dan is settling in well and feels like part of the team already.

New easily accessible front doors have been added to the surgery this week as I am sure some of you would have seen. The fully automated, extra wide opening doors have been installed to improve access for our patients to the building. We hope you find them a welcome improvement. Also due to arrive very soon, are some new specialist seats for the waiting area. The high back chairs with a higher seating level and sturdy arms will help some of our patients who find rising from the existing waiting rooms chairs a little tricky.

And last but by no means least, Our very own Lead Nurse, Karen, received The Kent and Medway Nurse Leader runners up award at the Annual Practice Nurse Conference yesterday, 25th May. A month or so earlier, our Healthcare Assistant, Ellie, won the Level 3 Apprentice of the Year runner up for her hard work and commitment during her apprenticeship with us. We are most proud of them both! Very well done ladies!

 

 

Late Evening Routine Appointments

From the beginning of July, we are delighted to announce that we will be offering additional late evening routine appointments to our patients.  These are specifically for those patients who struggle to attend the surgery during regular opening hours due to work or other similar commitments.  The appointments will be available between 6.30 and 7.30pm for pre-booked routine appointments.  The extra appointments will be provided by two of our GPs and our Advanced Nurse Practitioner on most Monday’s and Thursday’s.  Please kindly note that during these extended hours opening times, the surgery phones will not be answered and reception staff will not deal with routine enquiries, new patient registrations and/or prescription collection and ordering.  We hope our patients find these additional appointments helpful.

 

Other News and Information

Patient Participation Group.  Did you know we have a Patient Participation Group?  The next Patient Participation Group (PPG) meeting is on Thursday the 16th of November 2017 at 4pm at the surgery.

The purpose of the Birchington Medical Centre PPG 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. While we currently do not have a PPG Chair Person, please email the practice manager for any PPG queries on birchingtonmcpm@nhs.net. 

For a list of meeting dates please visit the Patient Participation page on this site.  Click here for further information.

 

Call Recording

Please be aware that ALL phone calls coming in and going out of the surgery, by all staff, are recorded. 

 

On-line Services

You can now order your repeat prescription online using Patient Access.

You can also log on to view, book and cancel appointments. Available 24 hours a day, it's especially useful when the practice is closed or telephone lines are busy.  Please ask at reception to get registered for our online services.

Alternatively, you can email your repeat prescription requests to prescriptions.bmc@nhs.net.

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