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Appointments

You are free to consult any of the doctors or nurses. However, it is often beneficial to see the same nurse or doctor for an ongoing problem. A chaperone is available for personal examinations. 

How to See the Doctor or Nurse

All the surgery computers are linked so an appointment can be made at one surgery for any site. Before ringing, please consider:

  • Would a telephone call from the doctor or nurse suffice? The receptionist will arrange the call but please wait by the phone.
  • Is it an ongoing problem? If it is, then best to see the same doctor each time 
  • Is it a new problem that can wait? Let the receptionist know so that same day slots can be kept for urgent appointments
  • Is it urgent - really urgent? We will always see urgent patients the same day, but please do not abuse the system.

Please note: the receptionist will ask you the nature of the problem you are ringing about so it would be helpful if you could say in order for you to be seen by the appropriate clinician (GP, Nurse etc).

The practice nurses also see patients for pill checks, IUD checks, HRT checks, diabetes, asthma, new patient medicals and cervical smears.

Advanced Appointments

We can offer appointment bookings as early as 6 weeks in advanced.

Saturday Morning Surgeries

The practice has extended its opening times for GP and Nurse/Health Care Assistant appointments and is open outside of the core opening hours on a Saturday morning between the hours of 08:30 and 12:30.  Saturday appointments are held at our Cliffe Woods site. Please ring at the latest on Friday afternoon to cancel a Saturday appointment

Please note: we have only one GP, one Nurse/HCA and one Receptionist on duty during this time so it will not be possible for you to access our full range of Receptionist services such as: booking of appointments, requesting prescriptions or test results. The telephone lines are not open on a Saturday during morning surgery as weekend cover is provided via NHS 111.

Patients attending for an Appointment are asked to ring the door bell when they arrive and the Receptionist will provide access.

Cliffe Woods & Cliffe

Doctor appointments are available between:

Monday – Friday            

         8.30am - 11.10am

Monday – Friday (except Wed)

        3.00pm - 5.30pm

Wainscott & Higham

Doctor appointments are available between:

Monday – Friday                                

         8.30am - 11.10am

Monday – Friday (except Thurs)      

3.00pm - 5.30pm

Booking Routine Appointments

This can be done by phoning any site, attending in person or by the internet. Please ask at reception for registering for our internet service to book appointments online at Patient Online Services.

Booking Emergency/On the Day Appointments

When you call in the morning for an emergency/on the day appointment we will take your number and you will be called back by a doctor who will discuss the matter briefly and allocate you an appointment. If the matter can be dealt with over the telephone then it will, saving you time and perhaps unnecessary inconvenience.

Extended Access Appointments

Medway Clinical Commissioning Group are now providing additional extended access GP appointments at three locations across Medway. GPs at these locations have access to your full medical records and they can provide routine GP consultations. These appointments may be suitable or convenient for patients who can travel or looking for appointments outside of your local surgery opening times. To book an appointment at one of these locations please contact the surgery and discuss with a receptionist.

Rochester Health Living Centre
Delce Rd.
Rochester, ME1 2EL

Mon/Tues/Thurs – 1pm – 8pm
Weds – 1pm – 4.30pm
Sat – 9am – 4pm
Sun – 9am – 2pm

Rainham Healthy Living centre
The Orange Suite, 1st Floor
103-107 High St.
ME8 8AA

Mon/Weds/Fri - 1pm – 8pm

Lordswood Healthy Living Centre
1st Floor
Sultan Rd.
Chatham ME5 8TJ

Tues/Weds/Fri - 1pm - 8pm

Telephone advice

Sometimes you may want to talk to a doctor or nurse. It is helpful to let the receptionist know the nature of your query, so that we can have the relevant information available. We will ask you for a telephone number and phone you back.

Video recording

On occasions we may wish to film consultations between doctors and patients. These can help us to assess our consultation procedures and are only used for teaching purposes.

Filming will not be undertaken without the patient’s express consent. Intimate physical examinations will never be recorded and the camera can be switched off at any time on request.

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