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Coronavirus

Have you been to a affected place in the last 14 days

or

had contact with somebody with Coroavirus

AND

do you have any of these symptoms?

COUGH / FEVER / SHORTNESS OF BREATH

If yes, to protect yourself and others please go home and call NHS 111 for expert advice.

DO NOT ENTER PILGRIMS WAY SURGERY

Find out more at nhs.uk/coronavirus


Face masks / Facial coverings

Face masks / Facial coverings are now Mandatory in most public areas. We understand some patients will be anxious about wearing a mask especially if you have breathing difficulties.

Practices are reporting increases in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wearing face masks in various public settings.

In England, you must by law wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and supermarkets as of 24 July 2020.

The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).

Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.

Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves, see for example this information from First Bus and Arriva.


The prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service across Kent and Medway is closing on 31st January 2022

Since the service began, more efficient technology has been developed that allows patients to order their medicines securely online via the NHS APP or other NHS login supported platforms.

Repeat Prescriptions


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If you do not have access to online services you can also order your repeat prescription directly through this site. Click on the link above and complete the simple registration form. Please telephone the surgery after 48 hours to see if it is ready.

We need 48 hours notice to prepare a repeat prescription.

You may also call the surgery after 2pm each day to request your repeat prescriptions or pop into the surgery.

Alternatively if you provide a stamped self addressed envelope we will post the prescription back to you as soon as it is ready.


 We are now offering  telephone consultations only from 8am-12am daily to speak to a GP/Nurse/Paramedic Practitioner



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Pilgrims Way Surgery will be closed on the following dates/times:

Please see 'When we are closed' tab for further information on who to contact when we are closed.

Call 999 in an emergency. Chest pain and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

February 2022

22nd February 1300-1830 (Protective Learning Times)

March 2022

23rd March 1300-1830 PLT (protected learning times)

May 2022

19th May 1300-1830 PLT (protected learning time)

June 2022

14th June 1300-1830 PLT (protected learning time)

July 2022

14th July 1300-1830 - IN HOUSE TRAINING

September 2022

20th September  1300-1830 PLT (protected learning time)

October 2022

13th October  1300-1830 PLT (protected learning time)

November 2022

22nd November  1300-1830 PLT (protected learning time)


 

Welcome to 'Pilgrims Way Surgery' in Dartford East Health Centre 


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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact your GP surgery will be different at the moment. This is to limit Face 2 Face contact where possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.


• Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients, but you may be asked to discuss your conditions over the phone or online first to assess what would be most appropriate for you.


• In addition to face-to-face consultations, we do offer consultations online or over the phone. This can be a convenient and flexible way to receive healthcare but if you would prefer to see a GP or healthcare professional in person then this will be arranged for you.

Four ways to seek healthcare advice from a GP


• Call the surgery to discuss a face-to-face or virtual (telephone or video) appointment.


• Visit our website and access DoctorLink to complete a confidential triage online form. 


• Call NHS 111 or go online to seek advice https://111.nhs.uk/


• Download the NHS App to order repeat prescriptions, book appointments and check your symptoms.

Important message from Pilgrims Way Surgery

We are aware there are significant problems getting through to us on the phone. We are sorry this is the case and would like to explain a little about why that is.

Many GP surgeries across the country are in a similar position. We understand how frustrating it can be for it to take longer than normal.

We would like to reassure you we are working hard to resolve the situation.

There are three things that are challenging us: 

1 There has been an unprecedented post lockdown increase in demand. Part of this is because many of our patients have been managing health issues themselves rather than contacting their Doctor over the past year and some hospital procedures and appointments have been delayed.  As confidence in general is returning, patients are now quite rightly contacting us.

2 We have been heavily involved in delivering the countries largest ever vaccination campaign.

3 We have had to change the way we work to keep things safe for our patients and our staff.

What can you do to help?

- Choose well - can the pharmacy help your symptoms ? Call 111 if you are unsure which sort of treatment you need. You can also go online 111.nhs.uk.

- Use our online consultation system, if you are able to.

- Cancel appointments you no longer need

It’s useful to remember our teams are on the front line and see both the best and the worst of us all. They work incredibly hard to help patients navigate the system, but may not be able to offer you exactly what you want at all times.

Please be patient and courteous, they want to find the best solution as much as you do.

We are grateful for your understanding.

Sarah Nevard

Assistant Practice Manager

IF YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED TO ATTEND THE SURGERY PLEASE ADHERETO THE FOLLOWING:

For Your Safety and Ours We Ask That You Wear A Face Covering When Attending The GP Practice.  This Is Vital If We Are To Protect Patients And Staff. Thank You


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We have been looking at how we can improve access to Practice Services; DoctorLink is our new online service where you can access advice and appointments on line:

registration is simple and you can register here:

https://app.doctorlink.com/pilgrimswaysurgery/register

For more information please click on our 'Online Services' tab



At the Pilgrims Way Surgery in Dartford the doctors, paramedics, nurses, health care assistants and other staff take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.

We are a three doctor training practice (with GP trainees and medical students) based in Dartford East Health Centre, which is also shared  with another practice. The centre has good access for wheelchairs and facilities for our disabled patients. There is also a car park for our patients

We are a friendly and welcoming practice with a mixture of youth and experience which makes us progressive, innovative and energetic.

We work closely with Paramedic Health Practitioners, District Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Community Psychiatric Nurses and Counsellors to provide care in the community for our patients.

We hope you find us welcoming and helpful. If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to write to our Practice Manager or your Doctor and these will be duly noted and acted upon.


Closure of GP walk-in service at White Horse

Patients are advised that the walk-in GP service at White Horse, Northfleet, ended on 30 June 2020. This is the first step towards implementing a linked urgent treatment centre at Gravesham Community Hospital and Darent Valley Hospital, following a public consultation last year, in line with the Government’s Long Term Plan. In taking that decision, it was also agreed at that time that the contract held with Fleet Healthcare to provide the walk-in GP service would not be extended when it expired on 30 June 2020. 

Patients who need to urgently see a GP should contact us and we will do our best to offer an on-the-day appointment if clinically needed. You may be asked to visit another local surgery for your appointment. Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 for advice and direction to the nearest available service where appropriate, you may also use our DoctorLink service online. The Minor Injury Unit at Gravesham Community Hospital, Gravesend, remains open for urgent minor injuries and some minor illnesses.

For life-threatening conditions, call 999


Face masks / Facial coverings

Face masks / Facial coverings are still mandatory in Health Care Areas. We understand some patients will be anxious about wearing a mask especially if you have breathing difficulties.

The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).

Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.

Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves, see for example this information from First Bus and Arriva.

 

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