Whitstable Medical Practice

Whitstable: 01227 284320 Chestfield: 01227 795130 Estuary View: 01227 284300

Clinics & Services

Doctors and nurses may use any day to day contact with you to discuss your general health. In addition the practice provides the following special services:

Child Health Services

All children under 5 are seen regularly by the Health Visitors, who also carry out developmental checks at appropriate intervals. Routine immunisations are a most important part of preventative care for children, and we strongly recommend that your child has all the immunisations offered.

Well Baby Clinics

Please contact the Health Visiting team on 03007 900 156 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) for more information about Well Baby Clinics.

Young People Services

We are a Young People Friendly Practice and offer services and advice for young patients. To visit our Young Patients page please click here

Minor Illness

We assess and treat a variety of conditions at Whitstable, Chestfield and Estuary View, including: asthma attacks, tonsillitis, ear infections, skin conditions, urine infections and requests for emergency contraception.

Community Midwives

There are two Whitstable Team Midwives:

Ursula Mitchellhil: 07798698336
Jo Marley: 07919210373

Once it is confirmed you are pregnant, you will need to leave your name and contact number with reception. One of us will then contact you within the next week to arrange a ‘booking in’ appointment. At this appointment we will discuss your previous medical history and make plans for your care in this pregnancy.

After this appointment you will usually be sent an appointment to attend a scan at the hospital at around 12 weeks, and then you will be expected to make an appointment to see the midwife when you are approximately 16 weeks pregnant at Joy Lane Children’s Centre.

Up until 12 weeks of pregnancy it is recommended that you take a supplement of Folic Acid 400mg daily. Research has shown that this could help reduce the incidence of Spina Bifida.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Canterbury Birth Centre: 01227 783105 (A midwife is available to give you advice 24 hrs a day)
Maternity Liaison: 01227 864152 (If you need to leave us a message or change a home visit)
Labour Ward QEQM Margate: 01843 292494
Labour Ward William Harvey Hospital Ashford: 01233 616124

Enjoy Your Baby Group

As from 24/06/2008 will be held at Children’s Centre Joy Lane – Tuesdays 10.30am

Smear Clinics

We advise all women to have a cervical smear every three years between the ages of 25 and 50 years and then five yearly up to the age of 64. Smear clinics are run by our nurses and reminders will be sent routinely to all eligible women.

Family Planning Services

All doctors provide contraceptive advice in their surgeries, but in addition there are special clinics for more specific advice, which includes the fitting of caps or coils.

Immunisations

We provide travel immunisations, flu vaccination and other immunisation advice

Maternity Care

We try to ensure that the most routine antenatal care is carried out at the Health Centres by your own doctor and the Community Midwife.

Heart Disease Prevention and Hypertension Clinics

Our practice nurses run regular clinics for people with high blood pressure or coronary heart disease (eg heart attacks). We advise people receiving treatment for these conditions to attend a clinic annually.

Diabetic Clinics

Diabetes is a long-term illness with potential complications which can be prevented with regular care. We provide specialised advice involving a doctor, nurse, dietician, chiropodist and eye screening.

Asthma Clinics

Asthma is common in adults and children. Our specialist asthma nurses can help people with asthma understand and take more control of their condition, so that the asthma does not restrict life and activities. We recommend a routine review at least once a year, and offer a choice of face-to-face or telephone consultations.

Spirometry

This specialist test of lung function is available in the surgery. It is particularly useful to help diagnose and monitor chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema).

Blood Tests (Phlebotomy)

If your doctor recommends a blood test, Treatment Room reception will make an appointment with the phlebotomy clinic. Please remember to bring your blood test form with you to the clinic, or the phlebotomist will not know what blood samples to take. Blood tests have to be done before 12 noon or they will miss the transport that takes them to the hospital.

New Patient Screening

All new patients from the age of 5 are offered an initial medical assessment appointment with their doctor or a practice nurse.

Minor Surgery

In addition to your doctors’ surgeries we have experienced nurses able to assess and advise on a number of minor complaints. Back-up support is always available for our nurses if required. To make an appointment with the minor illness clinic please telephone the number for the doctor with whom you are registered.

We are registered and qualified to perform minor surgery. The premises are fully equipped and staffed for this and these procedures are carried out in the Treatment Room by arrangement with your doctor.

Minor Casualties

(Seen at Estuary View Medical Centre only)

Our Minor Injury Unit is open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm seven days a week. The nurses are trained to deal with minor injuries and are able to give first aid advice. A doctor will be called to see you if necessary. When the Medical Centre is closed minor casualties should be taken to Kent and Canterbury Hospital Minor Injuries Unit except for children who will only be seen there before 6 pm. After 6 pm children should be taken to Accident and Emergency either at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford or the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.

Major Casualties

These should always be taken to the Accident and Emergency Department at either the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford or the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate where x-ray facilities are available.