Welcome to St John's Medical Practice website where you will find all the information you need about our healthcare services.
We are now operating with a new computer system, which allows us to send text messages to our patients, to keep them updated and to remind them of their medical appointments. Please email us your full name, date of birth and mobile number on firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can update our database and send you updates via text messages.
IMPORTANT UPDATE RE. CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
If you have an appointment, please ring the doorbell and someone will assist you. Please be aware that we are only seeing patients for urgent and immediately necessary appointments.
Please post all prescriptions through the green letterbox on the side wall to the right of the main entrance by the steps only. Please do not post through our side entrance door.
Kindly note that prescriptions are currently taking between 5 - 7 working days to be processed.
We kindly ask you to be respectful to our team, who are still working extremely hard to deliver the best service they possibly, can to our patients, during these tough time.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Update
We are delighted to inform you that we have received confirmation of approval of our Sevenoaks vaccination site with our first delivery scheduled for Thursday the 7th of January 2021. Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from Sevenoaks Medical Centre, Beadle House, London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 2JD. There will be home visits for housebound patients.
We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.
The first delivery of vaccines will be rolled out in keeping with national recommendations for Priority Groups 1 and 2.
The Joint Committee of Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) updated their advice on the 30th of December 2020 and advised that the first priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be focussing on the prevention of mortality and the maintenance of the health and social care systems. The priority groups 1 and 2 are:
1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
We are very excited to get this programme off the ground and thank you for your patience.
You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a letter, text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccines. Our phone lines are very busy and we would appreciate your support to keep phone lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
The vaccination programme will take several months to work through everyone, so it could be some time before you are contacted.
Information regarding patient transport options can be found via the following website links:
We are pleased to confirm that over 70s can now book their COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website on the below link:
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
If you have questions about the vaccine please read the information below.
Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?
No. If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.
If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?
Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.
How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?
It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.
When will the second dose be given?
From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.
Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.
Find out more: For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine
For more info on the vaccine, please refer to this guide
ATTENTION ALL NEW PATIENTS WISHING TO REGISTER WITH ST. JOHN'S
If you wish to register with St John's as a new patient, please pick up a registration pack from Reception, or alternatively complete our online registration form under the New Patients tab.
PRACTICE AFTERNOON CLOSURE DATES FOR 2021
This section will be updated shortly with closure dates for 2021
IMPORTANT UPDATE TO PHLEBOTOMY OPENING TIMES
From 13 April 2020, patients need to book an appointment at the Phlebotomy Department to have their blood tests taken. Please call us on 01732 747203, Option 2 and we will book these for you.
You will need to provide a proof of ID during your appointment (passport, driving licence or utility bill) as well as your NHS number, which we can give you when booking your appointment. You will need to report to Sevenoaks Outpatients Dept. and press the doorbell as the automatic doors will be locked. A receptionist will then permit access to the waiting area (a max. of two patients will only ever be in the waiting area and they will be segregated to support social distancing).
Please remember to phone 01732 747203, Option 3 between 10 am - 11am & 3pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday to receive your results.
**FOR EMAIL COMMUNICATION USE THIS ADDRESS **
This is not for direct communication to GPs on medical matters or a means of ordering repeat prescriptions
YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO A NAMED GP
All patients on our list are now linked to a named GP.
This does not mean that you can only see that GP, you carry on seeing which one you wish as a preference.
We are not writing to each patient to tell them who they are assigned to, you can ask on your next visit or you can call us.
This is a helpful administrative exercise within the Practice to help with workflow distribution for all the letters, test results and general correspondence that we receive.
FRIENDS & FAMILY TEST
PLEASE CLICK THE 'HAVE YOUR SAY ' LINK TO F & F AND COMPLETE THE SHORT SURVEY
YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO US
Are you a carer for a family member or friend?
If you would like to book a one-to-one appointment, please speak to our member of our reception team.
Repeat Prescriptions and Online Appointments
Ordering Prescriptions and Booking Appointments Online 'click here'
Sharing Patient Information
NHS Summary Care Record
A Summary Care Record will give Healthcare Staff important information about medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions you have had to medicines. It will also include your name, date of birth and unique NHS number.
Giving Healthcare Staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency or when your GP Practice is closed.
If you wish to opt out, please click on the following link: SHARING DATA OPT OUT 'click here' to download the link for the opt-out form and return this to the practice as soon as possible
For more information about Summary Care Records and your choices, phone the Summary Care Information Line on 0300 123 3020 or visit http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/
If you do not wish to share your confidential patient information for research and planning, please follow the link below for advice on how to opt out:
One Click Away
Convenience doesn’t stop there and you can now access a number of services online. Ordering a repeat prescription (see below) or sending us your comments are both just a click away. And if you’re not yet registered with us you can download the necessary forms here too.
Health and Happiness
Our team are dedicated to your continued good health and approach your care with professionalism, discretion and friendliness. You can count on a warm welcome from everyone involved here at the Practice.
Continuity of Registration
If you have been notified by letter that your notes may be removed from the Practice and you will be de-registered but you wish to remain with us, please complete the form: 'Click Here
(Site updated 03/03/2021)