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Our flu clinic this Saturday is at AYLESFORD SECONDARY SCHOOL, TEAPOT LANE.
If you receive an automated message advising your appointment is that the surgery then please ignore this- we have tried to switch this off but it still appears to be sending.

We still have availability in this clinic, if you have received an invite and would like your flu vaccine please call 01622 885880 to book.

This weeks flu vaccination- Saturday 17th October.
This clinic is fully booked, but there has been some wrongly posted information on other Facebook pages, so please see the below message.

Drive through- at Aylesford school

Walkthrough- at the surgery car park
No parking will be available at the walkthrough- as this is for patients with no car.. (please make sure you dress warmly but clothing allowing to expose your arm for the vaccination. easily. )

Thank you for your co-operation- we have had some lovely feedback regarding the drive-thru clinics and our amazing staff have all worked incredibly hard, making them run so smoothly! Your kind comments really do keep us smiling!

 PLEASE NOTE:  Please note prescriptions are being requested as usual. We ask that you only order when you have seven days left anything else will be rejected.

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We apologise for the incorrect appointment reminders for the drive-through flu clinics. We want to clarify – flu clinics will take place at the AYLESFORD SCHOOL, TEAPOT LANE, AYLESFORD, ME20 7JU.

Housing/Benefit Letters

 

Aylesford Medical Centre is committed to supporting our patients. All requests for letters for benefits, council or any other third parties, we will only complete with a formal request from the third party.

Please note all requests from the third party will require the patient's formal consent.

We will only complete factual responses. We are not allowed to give an opinion. If in doubt, we will refuse to complete the request and may issue a copy of medical records instead with your consent.

Be aware we charge for any requests and copies of records and requests can take up to 28 days.

HOUSING APPLICATIONS

If you intend to apply for a council home for health reasons, YOU DO NOT NEED A DOCTOR’S LETTER.

The Council will write, in confidence, to your doctor if further information is required.

GPs receive frequent requests for medical letters and reports in support of housing applications from a variety of sources – the local authority, housing associations, directly from patients and from patients via Citizens Advice Bureaux. The arrangements for seeking GP reports and for payment vary from local authority area to local authority area, and even when clearly agreed are often not implemented by local authority staff. However, all requests should come via the Housing Association and not the patient.

Information in support an application based on health grounds should be supplied by the applicant using a form provided by the Housing Department (self-assessment). This should not require any input from the GP/practice.

Only if additional information is required, should the Housing Department Medical Officer obtain it from the applicant’s doctor, preferably using a standard form, provided the patient has given written consent. The Medical Officer should seek information which is only available to the GP, for example:

  • the diagnosis;
  • the severity of the illness;
  • medication;

RESCUE MEDICATION HOAX

There has been an unhelpful and misleading message being widely spread on social media advising people with respiratory conditions, including asthma and COPD to seek “rescue medication” from their GP.

Please DO NOT ask your GP for ‘rescue medication’ if you don’t usually have standby medication for your respiratory condition. The original post was taken down. It was posted in good faith but is potentially dangerous and is certainly unhelpful.

British Lung Foundation’s response
“We’ve been made aware of some posts on social media saying that if you have a lung condition, your GP will issue a rescue pack of steroids and antibiotics.

If you're normally advised to have a rescue pack available to treat your lung condition, then it's a good idea to check you have one. This is recommended for some with COPD to be used as part of a personalised plan. For people with asthma, we do not recommend these as standard.

If someone’s asthma is bad enough to consider steroids, they must be assessed by a health care professional. Even at this busy time for the NHS, getting early support for any problems with your lungs is critical to keep you well and out of the hospital.”

Along similar lines, please do not stockpile inhalers. If you haven’t needed one for many years, don’t ask for one now. We are seeing increasing supply issues due to over-ordering. Please be patient with your community pharmacist; they are doing the best they can in difficult circumstances.

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