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Front RoadWoodchurchAshfordKent, TN26 3SFTel: 01233 860236
Clinics and Other Facilities
The practice offers the following services: Antenatal, Asthma, Diabetic, Family Planning, Travel Clinics, Phlebotomy, Spirometery, ECG Recording, 24 hour Blood Pressure monitoring, Anticoagulation, Physiotherapy and Minor Surgery facilities. Appointments for all of these can be made at reception.
All children should be immunised against infectious diseases. Children will be sent appointments to attend the surgery at the appropriate age. Should the appointment be inconvenient please contact the surgery. If you do not want your child immunised, please make an appointment to discuss this with the Practice Nurse. Your written consent will be needed to remove your child’s name from the Health Authority's recall list.
Influenza clinics are held in early autumn and the vaccine is available to all patients over 65 and those at risk, Diabetics, Asthmatics, COPD and Heart Problems.
Pneumococcal Vaccines are offered to all patients over 65. This vaccine is only necessary once in a lifetime.
This is an important preventative test, screening women between the ages of 24 and 64 for the early detection of cervical cancer. Cervical smears should be performed every 3 years up to the age of 49 and every 5 years up to the age of 64. Women will be called routinely for screening by Primary Care Services England.
The Health Visiting Team are now based in Ashford and hold clinics at various locations, please contact them on 01233 649007 for details. They also have a help and advice line available from 09.30 – 11.30 weekdays, 01233 649004.
We have a specialist travel nurse available for your travel vaccines. Please see the ‘Travel Vaccinations’ tab for more information on the service and how to book an appointment.
Woodchurch Surgery offers a Minor Injury Service. This service is available to all patients regardless of whether they are registered with the practice. Patients can be treated by self presenting patients should telephone the surgery before they go, this will allow for assessment of the appropriateness of the condition and will also enable patients to be allotted a suitable time, which will in turn help to reduce waiting times. Patients will not be turned away if they present at the desk without calling prior to arrival, but may have to wait. The service will treat injuries or wounds that are less than 48 hours old.
Please note this is a minor injury service and should not be used as an alternative when urgent/emergency slots at a patient’s regular practice are unavailable.
Practices offering treatment for minor injuries (Monday – Friday) include:
As you may know, Ivy Court Surgery, Hamstreet Surgery and Woodchurch Surgery have been working closely together for well over a year now on various projects such as the Weekend Urgent Care Service and the ‘Virtual Ward’ for the elderly and vulnerable.
You may also be aware that there have been difficulties with obtaining appointments with other private travel clinics in Ashford. This has caused significant problems for us in rural Ashford as travelling further than Ashford is inconvenient and not always possible. In some cases, it has meant our patients travelling 30 miles to obtain their travel vaccinations. We feel this is unacceptable.
Following complaints from patients in the cluster regarding the lack of a local travel service, the doctors and practice managers of our three surgeries have had several meetings to see if this service could be set up in our surgeries. We are delighted to announce the start of our own Travel Advice and Vaccination service as of the 5th November 2015. This we hope will be another valuable service to our patients, and will be provided through Ashford Rural Medical Services (through which the urgent care service and our other collaborative projects are delivered).
In the first instance, please visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk which will give advice on the treatment requirements for the country you wish to travel to. Then, please contact either Hamstreet Surgery (01233 730190) or Ivy Court in Tenterden (01580 763666) to book an appointment with our specialist travel nurse. If the vaccination is provided by the NHS this service will be free of charge. If it is a non-NHS vaccine, you will be charged for the private prescription. (The receptionist will advise this at the time of booking). Should you wish to receive a full travel risk management consultation from our specialist travel nurse this is a private service and a fee will apply (£25 for one, £40 for a couple, £50 for a family of up to five attending at the same time, £5 thereafter).
There will be one clinic each week, alternating on a Tuesday from Hamstreet Surgery and the following week on a Thursday from Ivy Court in Tenterden. Additional clinics may be offered where there is demand.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
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.
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