NON-NHS CERTIFICATES, EXAMINATIONS AND REPORTS
There are certain services that patients
request which are not covered by the National Health Service, eg private certificates,
medicals for fitness to drive, pre-employment medicals, private health insurance
claim forms etc for which we must charge. In accordance with this, we use the
British Medical Association scale of recommended fees. You may find it useful
to clarify with the receptionist whether a fee is involved.
Ante-natal clinics are held on Tuesdays/Wednesdays. Please telephone 01634 825188 to make an appointment with the midwife. We do not make appointments for the midwife at St Mary's Medical Centre.
Removal of small skin moles and lumps
and other minor surgical procedures are carried out by the partners in the treatment
room. You will need to see a doctor to arrange this.
The following services are available
in the practice. Please ask your doctor or the receptionist for details.
- Family Planning
- Diabetic Clinic
- Asthma Clinic
- Antenatal and Booking Clinics
- Smoking Cessation Clinic
- Baby Clinic and Baby Immunisation Clinic
- CHD Clinic
- Hypertension Clinic
- COPD Clinic
- Child Health Surveillance
Choose and book is available with all our doctors: if you are being refered to hospital you can choose where and when you want to go. See our leaflets in the waiting area ask our doctors or visit the website www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk
MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC CONDITIONS
Many conditions such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, long-term mental health
problems and epilepsy benefit from regular checks including medication reviews. Our practice nurse team is trained
to manage stable, long-term conditions. The practice runs annual recall systems for these chronic conditions and
offers clinical review with necessary follow-up when clinically indicated.
St Mary’s also has an anti-coagulant clinic for monitoring those
patients on warfarin medication.
THE MEDWAY PRIMARY CARE TRUST
The introduction of Primary Care
Groups (PCGs) in 1999 represented one of the biggest changes in primary care since
the introduction of the NHS.
A key element of primary care groups
is giving the professionals who provide health and social care, particularly doctors
and nurses, more influence in shaping the delivery of local services - promoting
the health of the local population in partnership with other organisations.
Rochester and Strood PCG is made
up of 20 local practices, and the skills of these primary care professionals is
shared and developed across all of the practices within the group.
In April 2002 the three Medway PCGs
came together as a Primary Care Trust (PCT) with greater responsibility for organising
Community Health Care Services.
Details of Primary Care Services in Medway are available from Medway
PCT who can be contacted at 7 - 8 amberley ME8 0NJ (telephone no. 01634 382777).
There are occasions when patients may be involved in intimate examinations by a doctor.
This practice is committed to putting patients at ease whenever possible, and
if you wish a chaperone to be present during your examination please do not hesitate to ask the doctor.