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eConsults – Online consulting

We hope patients are finding the eConsult scheme useful. Please note, however that this form of consultation with your Doctor is intended for queries where you want advice or perhaps treatment which we can deal with by means of an email reply. It is not a way of booking appointments or for situations where you  (or your child) wants to be seen. For such requests you must make a Telephone consultation first by ringing between 8 & 9 in the morning.

Please also note eConsults are not for any urgent matters as they are often not dealt with until the end of the next working day after they are submitted.

We thank you for your support at this time when the NHS and General Practice is under unprecedented pressures.

COVID Vaccination clinics

COVID Vaccination programme update

The Spring Booster campaign has now started for all adults 75 years and older as well as younger adults who may be at high risk.

  • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 12 years old and over

  • boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old

  • spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system

  • additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over

Vaccination sites in Bromley include the Bromley Civic Centre, GP vaccination sites and Community Pharmacies. Every adult (aged 18 and over) is now eligible for a booster jab from three months after their second dose. Residents aged 12 to 17 can receive a second dose 12 weeks after their first dose, or 8 weeks if they are at high-risk from COVID-19.

You can access a vaccination site in Bromley or SE London. Visit the national booking service to book your appointment or telephone 119

Bromley Winter leaflet

Bromley Health and care staff are urging residents to take good care of themselves this winter and seek medical help early when they need it.   The Bromley winter health leaflet provides some top tips for staying well and where to go when you need help

 

 

Community Phlebotomy – Book online

The community phlebotomy walk-in is changing

As part of ongoing work to restart services safely, the walk-in phlebotomy (blood taking) service that is run by King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at Beckenham Beacon and Orpington Hospital will move to a booked appointments service. From 10 August 2020, the service will no longer accept walk-ins for GP referred blood taking. Instead you will need to call 020 3930 0245 (9am -5pm Monday to Friday) to book an appointmentAlternatively you can book easily online at www.bromleygpalliance.co.uk 

The new appointments system will be run by the Bromley GP Alliance (BGPA).

These changes will limit the number of people visiting clinic areas at any given time. This will protect patients and staff by helping to maintain social distancing measures, which are an important part of reducing the risk of COVID-19.

Remember you can also book appointments at several local GP Surgeries which may be more convenient for you and avoid the need to visit hospital. Full details are on the form that your GP will give you when blood tests are required.

Covid-19 update: Please DO NOT VISIT the Medical Centre unless you have an appointment

For full latest details of how the Covid-19 Pandemic is affecting our services please visit our Covid-19 support page

As all Patients will be aware the cases of Covid-19 are rising again. Can we please make it clear that you should NOT visit the Medical Centre in person unless you have an appointment with a Doctor or Nurse or are collecting  a blood form or other document.

We cannot deal with routine queries at the Reception Desk as these can only be done by phone. This is to protect you and our staff.

If you need an appointment please ring in the morning or use our online system.

We would continue to remind you:

  • If you do visit please ensure you wear a face mask.
  • Please use our online services and eConsult where possible. Full details of what you can do with these services can be found here and how you can consult with a Doctor online using eConsult here. 
  • From October 28th you can now book a limited number of  GP Telephone appointments online.  Please note that they are all Telephone consultations and you should not attend the Medical Centre.