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Welcome to Birchington Medical Centre

We hope you find this website both useful and informative.

2018 Birchington Medical Centre Flu Vaccination Campaign

Appointments are open for patients and carers to have their annual flu vaccine at Birchington Medical Centre. For all eligible patients, we urge you to book your appointment as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you all and hope you will support us by by coming to us to have your flu vaccine.

 

Why have your vaccination at your GP surgery?

  • offers a setting where we can check your medical records and make sure you get the most suitable vaccine
  • offers protection for those who are forgetful, since no duplicate vaccinations are knowingly given
  • offers timed slots mean limited waiting
  •  supports your local medical centre who have already ordered your flu vaccine.  We can only return limited numbers that go unused.

       **** Read more about our 2018 Flu Campaign by clicking here ****

 

Surgery Closure Dates for Staff Training 2018

The next afternoon of staff training will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018. 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.

 

Getting the Most from Your Appointment

We want to give you the best possible outcome and experience from your visit to our medical centre. In order that we can meet the needs of all our patients, we are asking you to try and help us with a few simple considerations that can help us all to get the most from your appointment.  Read more here

 

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 15th November 2018 at 3.30 pm 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.  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 to and going out of the surgery 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

 

Waitless Smartphone App

WaitLess is a smartphone app that has been designed to help you to get the right treatment – fast.

WaitLess uses real-time updates and geo-location technology, to give you current waiting times at all of our A&E and minor injuries units in east Kent – drawn from the official NHS system.

This information is combined with up-to-the-minute travel time information, giving a ranking of the best places to aim for if you have a minor injury.

This is the first app of this kind in the UK – other apps use waiting time information but this is the first to combine with travel times, which we know can be unpredictable in Kent!

So if you’ve got a minor injury, don’t just head to the nearest A&E. Check the app first and WaitLess!

The WaitLess app has been developed by Transforming Systems and is free to download.

 

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