Allied Health Professionals

We have a team of four pharmacists and two pharmacy technicians based at Chestfield Medical Centre and working across all three sites in Whitstable.

The members of our team have all undertaken extensive training to obtain their professional qualifications, including additional learning to ensure we are equipped for our role within a GP practice.

Pharmacy professionals are experts in medicines and have an important role in medication safety. We work closely with the GPs and the rest of the surgery team.

You can book an appointment to discuss any problem with your medication. Your GP may request an appointment for a medication review where we will ensure that your medication is safe, effective, and appropriate. They may also ask us to discuss blood pressure readings, blood test results or new medicines.

Please contact reception in the usual way if you would like to speak to one of our team.

 

Frailty Team

The Frailty Team works to improve the lives of older people by promoting independence and quality of life, often seeing people who have had multiple hospital admissions, falls or are just finding managing at home more difficult.

The team look after the care homes within Whitstable providing a weekly face to face visit to look after the health of residents and they also visit older people in their own homes to carry out a holistic clinical assessment of their needs which includes memory screening and care planning.

The team consists of advanced practitioners who are all highly experienced healthcare professionals with an interest in care of older people. All of the team are independent prescribers. They work closely with the GP and other members of the practice team as well as other health and social care providers in the community.

 

Social Prescribers

Social Prescribing can be helpful to people:

  • Who feel lonely or isolated for example parents with young children, those who are bereaved or live alone
  • Who feel anxious or depressed
  • Who are carers
  • Who have long term mental or physical health conditions

We spend time finding out what matters to you and explore how your health and wellbeing can be improved. We offer both Face to Face clinic appointments at Chestfield and Whitstable Health Centre and telephone appointments (clinic appointments: Emma - Thursdays and Fridays and Debbie Fridays)

We think about the 5 ways to Wellbeing:

  • Connect (friends, family, neighbours and colleagues)
  • Exercise
  • Take notice (appreciating the beautiful things around and using all the senses)
  • Exercise your mind (might be learning something new)
  • Do something nice or help someone (might be a neighbour or volunteering)

We help you link into your local/national community for information support and advice and activities.