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We have dedicated training on Wednesday 19th October when we will be closed all afternoon from 1pm.  We will also be closed on the afternoon of November 24th 2016.


Flu Clinic Sessions Begin - Saturday 8th and 22nd October

for elegibe adults aged 18 and over


About the 2016/2017 Flu Campaign

Drop in flu clinics begin this Saturday at Birchington Medical Centre.  The first delivery of vaccines for adults (aged 18 and over) arrived last week in preparation for the drop in clinics.  The vaccines for children and young people (17 year olds and younger) are yet to be delivered, so until we have those in the surgery, our first round of vaccinations will be for our adult patients who meet the World Health Organisation’s requirements for the 2016/17 flu vaccination campaign.


Not all adults will qualify for the vaccination, and a ful list of who is eligible can be found on the NHS choices website here.  If you are unsure as to whether you or someone you care for should come to the surgery for their vaccination, please do call the surgery.  Please note that the staff at the surgery can only vaccinate those patients who fall into the criteria as defined here.


Once the surgery is in receipt of the children’s vaccines, we will of course be providing these to our patients, and we shall keep you updated.


Any patient who is eligible to be vaccinated who is house bound and currently on the district nurse case load will be given their vaccine by the district nurse.  Any house bound patient who is not currently on the district nurse caseload (regularly seen by the district nurses), please let the surgery know so we can make alternative arrangements for you.


How will it work at the surgery on the drop in clinic days?

Eligible patients can simple arrive at the surgery, without booking an appointment, anywhere between 8am and 1pm on either Saturday 8th or 22nd October.  Your personal details will be checked by the admin staff, and you will be shown to a trained clinician to receive your vaccination.  Normal surgery services will not be available on the day, just flu vaccinations.


If you have any queries at all, please do get in touch with the surgery on 848818


Better health and care in east Kent - time to have your say!


Plans to transform local health and care services stepped up a gear as local NHS and social care organisations published a new document, ‘Better health and care in east Kent: Time to change’, setting out hard-hitting reasons why services need to be transformed if they are to be fit for the future.  Better health and care in east Kent is all about improving the health and wellbeing of local people, raising the quality of health and social care services and ensuring we live within our means, spending the money we have for the greatest benefit. This is likely to mean making big changes to how health and care services are organised and provided. These changes will be designed to help us better meet the needs of local people. As plans for new ways of working in east Kent are developed everyone in east Kent will have the opportunity to share their views. Read more here...


Birchington Medical Centre prescribes Great British Bake off and Hair Off for Macmillan



Staff at Birchington Medical Centre raised over £1,000 last week for Macmillan with a cake sale and hair shave.  Head Receptionist, Teresa Slingsby ‘braved the shave’ and had her hair shaved off in full view of staff and patients raising a magnificent £621.  Teresa said “I was keen to do something to raise awareness of cancer and also something a bit different to raise funds for Macmillan.  The support showed by friends, family, colleagues and patients has been overwhelming”.


Healthcare Assistant, Barbara Roche, manned her annual cake sale table taking donations from staff and patients for her delicious cakes and fancies.  Barbara raised over £400 and said “I was touched by the kindness and generosity of everyone who supported the sale.  One kind lady even donated £50 in memory of her friend who lost her battle to cancer.  We raised the largest amount ever this year and we are so grateful to everyone who supported us”.


Hannah Price, Practice Manager, said “We are all incredibly proud of Barbara and Teresa for giving up their free time, and hair, to support this worthwhile cause.  Both staff members have witnessed first-hand the effects of cancer on friends, family and many patients they have dealt with over the years at the surgery.  They wanted to show their support to the charity with their fundraising.


The following day a team of staff took part in the Assault Corse Challenge at Betteshanger Country Park raising funds for the local charity, Carers Support.  In thunder, lightning and pouring rain, the muddy team managed a respectful 7th place finish.  Dr Osman, Nurse Ulrikke, Healthcare Assistants Shirley Ridge and Sharon Scholes, Manager Hannah Price and Ollie Ridge pounded the black coal splintered ground, crawled through soaking wet scramble tunnels and survived the course.

All in all, a busy week of fundraising at Birchington Medical Centre.


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 the 13th October 2016 and will be the AGM.  All patients and their carers are welcome!

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. They have their own email address now, at

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

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

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