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Hearing Aid Clinic

We now have a hearing aid clinic held alternate Wednesdays at the surgery, they offer hearing assessments and also replace hearing aid batteries for free during their clinics at the surgery alternatively you can visit them at hearbase at the back entrance to Middle Street car park in Deal, where they will replace batteries for free. If you feel you need to have your Hearing checked please make an appointment with your GP who will arrange a referral for you to be seen at the surgery.

Travel Immunisations

If you require travel immunisations please make an appointment to see the practice nurse as early as possible before your proposed travel. You will be required to produce a printout stating which  vaccinations are necessary for the countries in which you are visiting, this information is available from the Nathnac website https://travelhealthpro.org.uk without the printed information our nurses cannot give the travel vaccinations. 

Most vaccines at the surgery are free. For others (rabies, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, cholera etc) a fee will be payable. For further information and advice contact either:

Clockwork Pharmacy                Golf Road Pharmacy
7 High Street                           37B Golf Road  
Deal                                        Deal
Kent                                        Kent
CT14 7AA                                CT14 6DQ
Tel: 01304 375781                   Tel: 01304 381807 

Child Health Checks And Immunisations

A doctor and practice nurse hold a clinic every Tuesday Morning for childhood immunisations.

The Health Visiting team hold a Health Child Clinic every Monday between 9.30am & 12.00pm at the Blossom Children's Centre The Downs Primary School 03000 411555. These clinics will offer families the opportunities to have contact with the health visiting team and receive advice and support on topics such as infant feeding, behaviour, healthy weight and sleep. In addition to that we will be providing breastfeeding drop in's every week. Within the clinic they will also be delivering parenting programmes which will cover; infant wellbeing, managing minor illness and reducing accidents, learning through play and introducing solid foods. Health Visitor Duty Advice Line is available Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5pm Telephone: 01304 873590

Contraception, Sexual Health Problems

Patients wishing to discuss sexual problems can make an appointment with any doctor or practice nurse. All such advice is confidential. Emergency contraception (the morning after pill) can be obtained from the surgery, casualty department or over the counter in most chemists.

Pre-pregnancy Counselling

This is important to ensure that you are healthy at the start of pregnancy and to discuss the need for vitamin supplements. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse or the doctor.

Cervical Smears

This important test is recommended for all women aged between 25-49 every three years and women aged between 50 - 64 every five years. You will receive a reminder when this test is due. It can be carried out by either the practice nurse or doctor.

Breast Screening

All women between the ages of 50 - 70 are eligible for breast screening. You will automatically receive an invitation from the Health Authority every 3 years. If in the meantime you are worried, you can always come and see your doctor who can refer you, if necessary, to a consultant.

Maternity Referrals 

Booking an appointment with a midwife is now completed online Via the East Kent Hospitals website:

www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/maternity 

Seeing the midwife at an early stage will ensure you are given all the information they need right from the start to help them make the right choices.

There are routine screening tests that need to be carried out in early pregnancy, so booking an early appointment with the midwife will enable them to discuss these tests and plan appropriately. 

The form asks questions about the women, her family and her medical background.  

When you are about 10 weeks pregnant, a midwife will either call or email you to arrange a booking appointment, which usually takes place in the 10th or 11th week of pregnancy. At this appointment you will also receive details of your 12-week scan. 

Antenatal Clinic

These clinics are run by the midwife. Antenatal care is shared between your GP and the midwives who also work closely with the hospital to help your pregnancy run smoothly. Once baby is here the midwives also look after you for the first 10 days after delivery. Contact number 01304 201624 and ask for the maternity department.

The Department of Health are advising all expectant mothers to be vaccinated against Whooping Cough. This is to prevent your baby from catching whooping cough before they are old enough to be vaccinated themselves. The vaccine can be given from the 16th week of pregnancy but ideally at 20 weeks after your scan and before the 38th week.

Asthma

A Specialist clinic is run to help in the management of this condition. The nurse or doctor will advise you about these clinics.

Diabetic Clinics/National Diabetic Audit

A Specialist clinic is run to help in the management of this condition. The nurse or doctor will advise you about these clinics.

The Cedars Surgery participates in the National Diabetic Audit, the surgery will share information about your diabetic treatment and care with the DNA. The type of information and how it is shared is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.

If you do not want your information to be used, please inform the receptionist, your GP or nurse. They will make sure that this is noted on your medical records, so your information is NOT included. This will not affect your care in any way.

Counselling Service

We have two counsellors attached to the surgery. If you wish to see one of them you will need to be referred by your GP. Alternatively, patients may self-refer to the Dover Counselling Service (01304 204123) or to Kent Stressbusters on 01303 850674.

Mental Health Team

Referrals to a member of the team are made via your doctor.

Smoking Cessation Advice

If you wish to give up smoking, we have an advisor within the practice who will be happy to discuss the various forms of medication available on the NHS, to help you achieve your goal. Please contact the surgery and ask for Deborah Hyder for further advice.

Health Checks

The Government has introduced an NHS Healthcheck for all patients aged between 39 and 75. Patients registered with Cedars Surgery will receive an invitation to attend at the practice on a rolling programme within the next five years in the year that their age ends in a 0 or a 5 or they are 74. Patients who are already receiving care for a vascular related problem or who have already had tests done that would be performed at this healthcheck will not be invited.

NHS Digital May share information from your Health Check with other health care providers.The type of information and how it is shared is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.

If you do not want your information to be used, please inform the receptionist, your GP or nurse. They will make sure that this is noted on your medical records, so your information is NOT included. This will not affect your care in any way.

Non-NHS Services

Various non-NHS services are provided for which we charge the recommend BMA fees. Such services include pre-employment medicals, insurance medicals, holiday cancellation forms, private sickness certificates, HGV/PSV/elderly drivers medicals, private health insurance claim forms, vaccinations and immunisations not paid for by the NHS. Please ask at reception for the current recommended charge and about any service not mentioned above.

Firearms Licensing.

The Cedars Surgery do not complete applications for firearm or shotgun certificates on the grounds of Conscientious Objection. For more informations please see https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/ethics-a-to-z/firearms 

Influenza And Pneumonia Vaccine

In accordance with Department of Health guidelines, we recommend an influenza plus pneumonia vaccination for patients with diabetes, chronic heart, lung or kidney disease and residents of nursing and rest homes. Clinics will be held each September/October, dates and times will be displayed in reception.

Please note that the Department no longer sends out reminder letters. You must make an appointment for yourself.

Immunisations

2 months Triple (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Polio, Hib (Haemophilus), Rotavirus & Prevenar (Pneumococcal)
3 months Triple (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Polio, Hib (Haemophilus) & Rotavirus
4 months Triple (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Polio, Hib (Haemophilus) & Prevenar (Pneumococcal)
13 months 1st dose MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) & Prevenar Booster (Pneumococcal), Hib & Men C (Haemophilus & Meningitis)
3 years 4 months
Pre-school booster (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) and Polio plus 2nd MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella)
15 years Booster - Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio, Men CAW & Y

Occupational Health

We do not do vaccines for occupational health purposes, such as Hepatitis B, are normally provided by an employer's own occupational health service.

Sexual Health Clinics

If you think you may have contracted a sexually-transmitted infection, a helpline is available on 01303 228808. There are four clinics in this area that offer sexual health services:

  • Dover Health Centre. This is available for men and women every Wednesday between 2.00 - 4.00pm (no appointment needed). Telephone 205525.
  • Foord Road Clinic, Folkestone. This is available for men and women on Tuesday (9.30 - 11.30am and 2.00 - 4.00pm) and Wednesday (9.30 - 11.30am). Telephone 01303 58286.
  • Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury. This is available in the outpatients department (annex of Clinic B) on Mondays and Tuesdays (2.00 - 4.00pm) for women only, Wednesday (2.00 - 4.00pm) for men only plus Thursday (1.30 - 4.00pm) for patients of both sexes. Telephone 01227 766877.
  • William Harvey Hospital, Ashford. This is available for men and women every Thursday between 9.30am and 12 noon. Telephone 01233 633331.

E-Referrals

If your GP decides that you need to see a consultant, he/she will refer you via the computer system. This will enable you to choose from a list of four or five hospitals/clinics where possible and either book your appointment yourself by phone or the internet.

Deal Hospital

We are very fortunate to have most services available at our local hospital. Many outpatient clinics (in most disease areas) are available, as well as X-rays, physiotherapy and inpatient beds.

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