South Ashford Medics Online
South Ashford Medics (SAMs) is a partnership of three GPs, formed in 2011. Our aim is to provide a friendly, high quality and accessible primary care service to the population of Ashford
We are committed to significantly improving the quality and range of healthcare services provided at the practice in order to achieve this aim.
This practice has been informed by Public Health England on 21.07.2016 of an outbreak of measles across Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
Measles starts with early symptoms of discomfort, fever and common symptoms are a stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drip. This is followed by the onset of a red-brown rash characterized by a flat, red area on the skin that is covered with small joined together bumps starting on the face or neck and spreading to the body.
Individuals are infectious from 4 days prior to rash onset until 5 days after.
Would any patient with a rash illness first telephone the practice for advice or upon arrival report this to reception immediately please?
The MMR vaccination remains the most effective way to protect against measles.
All children and young persons between the ages of 13 months and 18 years should have the MMR vaccination 2 dose course.
Please contact the practice to book your child’s or young person’s vaccination as soon as possible.
2016 FLU VACCINATION CLINICS – BE FLU SMART AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT NOW!
We will be holding flu clinics on Saturday 24.09.2016, 08.10.2016 and 22.10.2016 from 0900 to 1200 hours.
From 19.09.2016 we will have additional flu clinics during the week on Tuesday 1400to 1600 hours, Wednesday 1000 to 1100 hours and Thursday 1200 to 1300 and 1800 to 1900 hours.
NEW NURSING HOURS
With effect from Thurs 14.07.2016 for a trial 2 month period, SAM’s will have earlier and later Nursing and Health Care Assistant (HCA) appointments available on a THURSDAY evening and on a FRIDAY morning.
The Thursday evening nursing appointments are from 1700 to 1900 hours and will be 8 x 15 minutes.
The Friday morning nursing appointments are from 0730 to 0800 hours and will be 3 x 10 minute HCA appointments and 2 x 15 minute Nurse appointments.
This is in response to patient feedback which has indicated that they would like to have more appointments at different times and in particular for those patients/carers who leave early to go to work/school or later after work/school.
Please book the appointments in the normal way.
Do let us know what you think about these new ideas?
DNA = Did Not Attend L
In July 2016 there were 53 GP, 75 Nurse and 35 HCA MISSED APPOINTMENTS. This increase = 33 hours of lost patient access to your GP’s, Nurses and HCA’s, 4 days of appointments!
Please think before you book the appointment if you need it and that you will be able to keep it? Thank you.
The SAM’s 2015 CQC Report has identified the practice as being "GOOD" please read the report!
The next Half Day closing will be Wednesday 14th September 2016 - there is no half day closure in August.
Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more
Health Help Now is a free website or mobile app that you can use to find the most appropriate local health service for common symptoms and advice for people of all ages. Visit www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net or search "Health Help Now" in your app store.
Do you need to re-order your medication? Visit our prescriptions page and complete the online form. Find out more
Like To Register?
New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more
FRIENDS AND FAMILY TEST - please take the opportunity to let us know what you think about our Surgery and take this test which can be found in the 'Have Your Say' section. Alternatively, forms are in the Surgery or, if we have an email address for you, we can send you the form electronically.
You can help the practice and the NHS by how you manage your prescriptions
(Site updated 05/08/2016)