Welcome to Temple Hill Group
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases.
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus;
- in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact.
A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation.
Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.
Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
From Monday 17th February If you are a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.
The NHS App is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp'
Benefits to patients
Patients like the NHS App because:
- they get 24-hour access from anywhere
- they don’t waste time trying to get through on the phone
- they have more control over when they book appointments
- they can cancel more easily if they need to
- they can order their repeat prescriptions easily
- NHS login means in most cases they don’t have to come into the practice to get access
- when they do still call rather than using the app, phone lines and reception staff are more likely to be free
- they have access to information about their medications, conditions and treatments wherever they are
We are aware that some patients are experiencing difficulty getting through on the telephone to our Temple Hill Practice. We would like to make you aware that you can telephone any one of the following numbers and the receptionist will assist you.
FLU VACCINE CLINICS
Flu Vaccines are available at Temple Hill Group for "at risk" patients or those patients aged 65 years and over.
Pre-bookable appointments are available across our three surgeries week beginning 16th September 2019.
Walk-in and pre-bookable appointments are available at our Ivy Bower Surgeries on Saturdays between 9am and 12 noon.
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Extra GP appointments available
Local GP practices including Temple Hill Group are working together to offer patients better access to GP appointments in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley.
This means patients will be able to book an appointment to see a GP, practice nurse, or other health professional from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. These extra appointments are available at a number of practices in the local area.
All patients registered with a GP in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley can access these routine appointments which are bookable in advance. You can call this surgery to book them on our usual number 01322 226090, 01322 382181 or 01474 855000.
Patients should continue to access urgent GP appointments in the way they have been – eg through this GP practice for an on the day urgent appointment, or the out-of-hours GP service which can be accessed when this practice is closed by calling 111. Urgent GP services are also available at the Walk in Centre at White Horse Surgery in Vale Road, Northfleet which is open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
Please ring NHS 111 as usual if you need medical assistance when we are closed and it cannot wait until we reopen.
Find out more about how we are improving access for you https://www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk/
WE ARE AWARE OF LARGE MEASLES OUTBREAKS IN THE UK, EUROPE, THE USA AND OTHER COUNTRIES DON’T LET YOUR CHILD CATCH MEASLES GET THEM VACCINATED WITH THE MMR VACCINE
The link below is to the MMR leaflet, answering some common questions about measles and the benefits of the MMR vaccine: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mmr-for-all-general-leaflet
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
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
Prescription Ordering Direct
A convenient repeat prescription ordering service.
Over the phone: CALL 0300 131 1100 between 9am and 5pm Monday - Friday Excluding Bank Holidays.
With the free mobile app: DOWNLOAD Healthera Available 24/7
To help with the long waiting times on your telephone calls being answered we have had our telephone system reprogrammed to allow all of our 3 surgeries to answer incoming calls. The reception staff will ask you what surgery you would like to be seen at to make sure your appointment is at the surgery of your choice.
SMS Text Messaging
You will be sent two reminders about your booked appointments with the opportunity to text back CANCEL if this is no longer required. If you do not wish to receive appointment reminders please contact the surgery and ask to opt out of SMS text messages. We would encourage you to use this system as it will reduce the amount of wasted appointments which cost the NHS vast amounts of money each year. Thank you for your cooperation.
Named Accountable GP
From 1st April 2015 the GP Contract, held with NHS England, requires GP practices to allocate a Named GP to every patient.
This is to inform you that Temple Hill Surgery has met this requirement and all patients have been allocated a Named GP.If you wish to know who your Named GP is please contact Reception.PLEASE NOTE: There is no requirement for you to see your Named GP, you can still choose to see any Doctor or Nurse in the practice.Training Practice
We would like our patients to know that we are a training practice. This means that the surgery will be involved in hosting and training fully qualified hospital doctors seeking to gain experience in General Practice. You may be offered an appointment with one of these doctors or see them sitting in with our regular clinicians. Although gaining General Practice experience, you can expect the same quality of care as you would normally. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Booking Doctors Appointments
Pre-bookable doctors appointments are bookable 2 weeks in advance. This will hopefully cut down on the number of appointments wasted each month as often the appointments are forgotten. Each day the surgery will release on-the-day appointments for patients who need to be seen on the day. Please note when booking an on-the-day appointment that the GP's and Nurse Practitioners will only deal with the issue that is an emergency. Please make an ordinary appointment for any other issues.
One You Lifestyle Advisors (formerly Health Trainers)
Work for the NHS and support people making lifestyle changes.
If you want to lose weight, get active, quit smoking or just need some advice and support to lead a healthier lifestyle, a One You Lifestyle Advisor can help you.
Here at Temple Hill Surgery we have Sarah who is available on Tuesdays. Your first appointment with her will be for about an hour and subsequent appointments for 30 minutes.
Please ask at Reception to book an appointment.
Emergency Dental Treatment
Doctors are no longer permitted to treat dental problems. If you feel you require antibiotics you should contact your own dentist or the Out of Hours Service on 01634 890300.
Message to Female Patients
It is important that you attend for regular Cervical Smears. If you have received a letter inviting you to make an appointment, please do so as soon as possible.
Friends & Family Test
In line with all other surgeries we are required by NHS England to ask patients to take part in a Friends & Family Test survey each time they contact the surgery. Please speak to the receptionist who will be happy to supply you with the test.
Patient Participation Group
This Practice is committed to improving the services we provide to our patients. To do this, it is vital that we hear from people about their experiences, views and ideas for making services better. By expressing your interest, you will be helping us to plan ways of involving patients that suit you. It will also mean we can keep you informed of opportunities to give your views and up to date with developments within the Practice. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming involved in the Practice Patient Participation Group.
Why we may be running late
We understand that when the Doctor or Nurse runs late it can be very frustrating and here at Temple Hill Group we understand.
The most common reason for running late is that several patients have come with either very complex or multiple problems. Remember 10 minutes is all that is allocated and only one problem is realistic in that time frame. We are dealing with complex human beings who we are trying to do our best for – you are one of them!
Urgent extras happen every single day and need to be seen – these are squeezed into a non-existent time between appointments.
Urgent house calls are sometimes needed and can be in the middle of a booked surgery. These often take a minimum of 30 minutes and disrupt the appointments.
We receive urgent phone calls throughout the day, either from patients, relatives, hospital doctors, district nurses, pharmacists, laboratories or care homes. Again these take time.
We are often in the position of breaking bad news to some of you. Maybe even the worst news of all. If that person was you, would you want us to get you out the door as quick as possible, when your world is falling apart.
We do not just stop seeing patients because all of the appointments are full. Every single day each doctor and nurse sees multiple extra patients with no appointments and this often means that they are late home to spend time with their own family.