COVID-19 Update from 4th November 2021
As of 4th November 2021 the doors to the surgery are now open which means you no longer need to use the intercom to enter the surgery.
COVID Regulations are still in place. This means patients are still required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing whilst within the practice. There is a maximum of 10 patients allowed in at any one time. Face to face appointments are still subject to the doctor's request. If you have any COVID symptoms, please remain at home and stay safe.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that we have a Zero Tolerance policy in place at the practice. Our staff have been experiencing higher levels of physical, emotional and verbal abuse. We do realise that people can become upset when they are poorly but abuse towards staff is NOT acceptable.
Getting in Touch with Sellindge Surgery
We are aware there are significant problems getting through to us on the phone, we are sorry and we would like to explain why it is difficult.
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 assure you we are working hard to resolve the situation.
There are three things that are challenging us:
- There has been an unprecendented post-lockdown increase in demand. Part of this is because many of our patients have been managing health issues themselves rather than contacting a doctor over the last year and some hospital procedures and appointments have been necessarily delayed. As confidence in general is returning, patients are now quite rightly contacting us.
- We have been heavily involved in delivering the country's largest ever vaccination campaign.
- 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 a pharmacy help your symptoms? Or call 111 if you are unsure which sort of treatment you need. Or visit 111.nhs.uk
- Download the NHS App. You can use this to book or cancel appointments; Order repeat prescriptions; Check any symptoms or treatment you may need.
- Use our online E-Consult service. We have a informative video below and if you click the image (located with the video) you will be able to access it.
- Cancel appointments you no longer require.
It's useful to remember our teams are on the front line and see both the best and worse 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.
GP Partners and Practice Manager.
Zero Tolerance Policy
The practice fully supports the NHS Zero Tolerance Policy. The aim of this policy is to tackle the increasing problem of violence against staff working in the NHS and ensures that doctors and all other staff have a right to care for others without fear of being attacked or abused.
We understand that ill patients do not always act in a reasonable manner and will take this into consideration when trying to deal with a misunderstanding or complaint. We ask you to treat your doctors and all other staff courteously and act reasonably.
All incidents will be followed up and you will be sent a formal warning after a second incident or removed from the practice list after a third incident if your behaviour has been unreasonable.
However, aggressive behaviour, be it violent or verbal abusive, will not be tolerated and may result in you being removed from The Practice list and, in extreme cases, the Police will be contacted if an incident is taking place and the patient is posing a threat to staff or other patients.
Removal from the practice list
A good patient-doctor relationship, based on mutual respect and trust, is the cornerstone of good patient care. The removal of patients from our list is an exceptional and rare event and is a last resort in an impaired patient-practice relationship. When trust has irretrievably broken down, it is in the patient’s interest, just as much as that of The Practice, that they should find a new practice. An exception to this is on immediate removal on the grounds of violence e.g. when the Police are involved.
Removing other members of the household
In rare cases, however, because of the possible need to visit patients at home it may be necessary to terminate responsibility for other members of the family or the entire household. The prospect of visiting patients where a relative who is no longer a patient of the practice by virtue of their unacceptable behaviour resides, or being regularly confronted by the removed patient, may make it too difficult for the practice to continue to look after the whole family. This is particularly likely where the patient has been removed because of violence or threatening behaviour and keeping the other family members could put doctors or other staff at risk.
Welcome to the Sellindge Surgery
We are a small dispensing practice offering a personal, friendly service to our patients situated in the village of Sellindge.
We accept patients from Sellindge, Brabourne, Smeeth, Aldington, Mersham, Stowting, Stanford North, Hinxhill and Newingreen and surrounding villages.
Sellindge surgery offers easy access for wheelchair users with designated parking bays close to the front door. All consulting rooms are on the ground floor and the disabled toilet is adjacent to the waiting room.
The surgery is within the Kent & Medway CCG.
Please note all incoming and outgoing telephone calls are recorded for training and development purposes.
Need urgent medical help? Call NHS 111 or visit 111 online to be directed to the most appropriate service. Urgent treatment centres deal with minor injuries and illnesses. Buckland UTC in Dover is temporarily unavailable, but there are urgent treatment centres at Deal, Folkestone and Canterbury. Please leave A&E free for emergencies.
Dispensary Hours From 1st October 2021
From the 1st October 2021, the dispensary will be open as follows:
Monday 9am to 12(Noon). 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 12(Noon). 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 1pm. Closed
Thursday 9am to 12(Noon). 2pm to 5pm
Friday 9am to 12(Noon). 2pm to 5pm
For further information, please see our dispensary page (located in the top banner).
Register for Online Services
Our practice now offers a wide range of services through our website, register to gain access.
If you require urgent care, NHS 111 or NHS 111 online is there for you 24 hours a day. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can help you with minor health concerns. You can find out opening hours of pharmacies near you on: https://www.england.nhs.uk/south-east/our-work/pharmacy-opening-hours/
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GP Training Afternoons
Please note that the surgery will be closed on the following afternoons from 1pm for mandatory staff training*
Wednesday 12th January 2022
Wednesday 9th February 2022
Wednesday 9th March 2022