Covid-19 Vaccination Information
We are providing Covid-19 vaccinations at St Mary’s Medical Centre (Strood) for our own patients and those from the following practices:
- Halfway Surgery & St Mary’s Medical Centre
- Bryant Street Medical Centre
- St Mary’s Island Surgery
- Kings Family Practice
There will be home visits for housebound patients. We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.
You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a letter, text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Please be aware you will receive a letter with consent form in advance of your invitation.
Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
If you have questions about the vaccine please read the information below.
Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?
No. If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.
If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?
Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.
How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?
It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.
When will the second dose be given?
From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.
Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.
Find out more: For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine
Or read the leaflet on the Government website about vaccinations for Older Adults: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults
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PATIENT NOTICE – PRACTICE MERGE
We would like to let all patients know that the Halfway Surgery (Chatham) and St Mary’s Medical Centre (Strood) have recently merged to become one GP practice.
Please click on the link below to view our Patient Communication and Q&A document.
We would like to stress that there will be no change to the quality of care we intend to provide. Patients and their welfare will remain the priority for the newly merged surgery. The merger will allow us to eventually have access to greater resources, aiming to improve the service on-offer to our patients even further. Behind the scenes things will take time to adjust, but for patients everything will continue as usual.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us, as we will be more than happy to assist you.
PATIENT NOTICE - CHANGES TO THE WAY WE PROVIDE CARE
As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the way that we offer medical care to our patients has changed as listed below -
You will receive most of your care by voice and video calls.
You may need to access services using apps and online via the practice website and email.
Your prescriptions (where possible) will be sent electronically to your chosen pharmacist. You will not need to collect your prescription from the practice in most cases.
Please make sure that you:
Check the practice website for updates on any changes.
Do not attend the GP practice unless invited to do so.
If you are invited to attend the GP Practice, please can you wear a face mask/covering. This is for your protection as well as the protection of the staff at the surgery.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 stay at home and follow the latest advice on nhs.uk/coronavirus
PATIENT NOTICE - IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
If you are experiencing cough, fever, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, or upper respiratory tract symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone else experiencing these symptoms in the past 14 days please stay in your home and phone to speak to a GP.
Do not attend the practice without phoning first. This is to reduce risk of spreading the coronavirus infection.
If you have travelled outside the UK in the past 14 days and you are worried about coronavirus and what you should do next, do not attend a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy. Avoid contact with other people. Stay in your home and use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus Service.
Due to increased pressures at this time routine matters may take longer to deal with. We know you will understand this given the current public health emergency we are facing.
For more information on COVID-19 please visit the NHS.uk and the GOV.uk websites.
Welcome to The Halfway Surgery
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
(Site updated 20/01/2021)