Northdown SurgerySt Anthony's WayCliftonvilleMargateKent, CT9 2TRTel: 01843 231661
Welcome to Northdown Surgery
If you are female between 25 and 65 then your Doctor strongly recommends that you have a regular cervical smear test. These tests are carried out routinely every 3 years between the ages of 25 and 49, and every 5 years between the ages of 50 and 64. You will be notified when your test is due.
This test makes it possible to detect and treat the early stages of abnormalities of the cervix before they have a chance to become apparent to you. The test is quick, simple and painless and may be performed by the nurse.
A comprehensive programme is offered to all children. Vaccinations are given at the following ages:
2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 12 months, 13 months, 3 years 4 months to 5 years old and 13 years to 18 years old.
Please contact one of our nurses if you would like more information. You will receive a letter from the surgery when any immunisation is due.
For information on child immunisations please visit the NHS Immunisation Information website.
We have a nurse who has received specialist training in the management of diabetes, who will help you manage your own diabetes. She is also available should you have any questions. You can either book an appointment or if it is a quick query you can telephone she will return your call when she is available, which will be as soon as possible.
The doctors support our specialist nurse in your diabetic care.
Women between 50 – 65 will be offered 3 year mammography as a screen for breast cancer. The service is run by the Health Authority and invitations are sent by post from the Breast Screening service. If you have a family history of early breast cancer or have any concerns please come and discuss this with a doctor.
If, when you see your GP they decide you need an Ultrasound scan, you can choose to be referred to services at local hospitals or to the Ultrasound scanning service being held at our Practice. Your GP will give you the details and choice during consultations.
Please nose that ear syringing is only carried out by the Practice Nurses/Healthcare Assistants at the surgery. Please ensure that you soften the wax with olive oil, 5-7 days prior to your appointment.
The new GMS Contract was introduced in April 2004. As part of the new Contract, GP Practices can opt to provide services over and above the essential/additional services normally provided to patients. These services are known as Enhanced Services and are delivered to a higher specified standard. By providing these services GPs help reduce the burden on secondary care (e.g. Hospitals) and expand the range of services to meet local need and improve convenience and choice for patients.
Directed Enhanced Service (DES) – Primary Care Trusts must ensure that this service is provided for the population, e.g. child immunisation programme.
National Enhanced Service (NES) – Services commissioned to meet patient needs with national specifications, e.g. specialised services for multiple sclerosis.
Local Enhanced Service (LES) – Locally developed services designed to meet local health needs.
Directed Enhanced Services
National Enhanced Services
Local Enhanced Services
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
See NHS choices travel pagehttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/ for further advice and information. Also more resources about which vaccinations required for where you are travelling, can be found at the Fit for Travel website which provides useful guideline information at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
See Private Charges Price List tab for full cost details.
If you wish to request some information, please complete the attached form and email or hand in to Reception.
Request form for items from Medical Records
Northdown Surgery – Scale of Private Charges
Access to Medical Records – copy per page*
Access to medical Records – read only
DNA Mouth Swabs
Employment Medical and report – 30 mins
Hep B – course of 3
HGV / Driving / Taxi medical – 30 mins
Holiday Cancellation Certificate
Immunisation / Vaccination Record / Copy of Results*
Insurance Claim form
Private Sick Note – Employer
Private Sick Note – Patient
To Whom it May Concern letter
*may be available free of charge if you are registered with our Patient Access system. If you have registered for full access, you will be able to view/download / print this information yourself. Links can be found on our website.
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