Our Practice Nurses can deal with:
- Cervical Smears
- INR & Warfarin Montioring
- Child and Adult Immunisations
- Help and information about travel vaccinations
- Ear Syringing
- Family Planning
- COPD, Hypertension, Diabetes & Asthma annual reviews
- General Health checks
We also offer extensive family planning services and postnatal care, Please ask reception for more information.
Community Matron - Avis McPherson: 0300 247 0400
NHS ONE YOU LIFESTYLE ADVISOR:
Do you need support with:
Come and speak to one of our GPs or ANPs and ask about a referral to see our NHS ONE YOU LIFESTYLE ADVISOR – Jade Howlett, previously known as a health trainer, she will be working here at The Gateway Medical Practice on Thursdays.
For more information ask our reception team or visit this website: www.oneyoukent.org.uk
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
Evidence that you are sick
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
TWIMC (to whom it may concern) Letters
This is a non-NHS service which is provided at the discretion of the Drs. Any letters/forms provided by the Drs incur a set fee which must be paid before completion of the letter/form. There is a 3 week turnaround for any non-NHS work. The fee and timeframe are non-negotiable. All requests must be put in writing and will not be discussed during a consultation as appointments are limited and must be used to treat medical issues.We do not offer any letters regarding housing.
Please book in with our practice nurse to have your smear test.
Are you eligible for NHS screening?
To be invited for cervical screening in the UK you need to be registered with a GP, who needs to have your current address on file. The NHS 'call and recall' system invites all women who are eligible for screening and registered with a GP. This system also keeps track of any follow-up investigations and, if all is well, recalls you for screening at the appropriate time for you – either three or five years depending on your age. It is important that you make sure to update your GP with any changes of circumstance or address.
Across the whole of the UK women are invited for cervical screening between the ages of 25 and 64. Women aged 25–49 are invited every three years and women aged 50–64 are invited every five years.
Women may be invited for screening up to 6 months before the age of eligibility (ie., at 24 years and 6 months old).
Women who are eligible and who have not previously had a cervical screening may be offered one when they attend their GP or family planning clinic on another matter. For example, if your doctor notices that your cervical screening is overdue while they are taking a routine history as part of an examination for something else, they may offer you a cervical screen during your appointment. If you are eligible and have not received an invitation to attend cervical screening then you should contact your GP.
If you are experiencing any abnormal symptoms that you are worried may be related to cervical cancer, please consult your GP as soon as possible (even if you are not due for a cervical screening).
Those with compromised immune systems
Women who have a severely compromised immune system, such as those with HIV, should be screened annually as they are more likely to develop a persistent infection of HPV that could, over time, cause cervical abnormalities. This screening test is usually taken outside of the NHS National Screening Programme. Please check with your health care professional for further information on screening outside of the national programme.
Are you a Military Veteran?
Military Veterans – Priority NHS Care
The UK Government has pledged to support Military Veterans with priority NHS care.
Who is defined as a veteran? ‘A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day in the regular or reservist forces’. There are around 4.5m veterans in the UK.
When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS.
All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition as long as it's related to their service, regardless of whether or not they receive a war pension.
Veterans are encouraged to tell their GP about their veteran status in order to benefit from priority treatment if appropriate. Health related issues for veterans can manifest in a number of ways.
If you are a Military Veteran, please let reception your GP or nurse know so we can update your medical records.