Welcome to Woodlands Health Centre
You may have received a text message about changes to your usual doctor. Please click on the link below to read Dr David Whillier's letter.
Letter from Dr David Whillier
The doctors and staff at Woodlands Health Centre are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.We run many important clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations, and well-person check-ups.
In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and we value your comments and feedback.
GP Changes at Woodlands
We are pleased to announce Dr Natasha Gilani will be joining the Partnership on 7th January and will be taking over Dr Burke's list of patients. We are still looking for a replacement for Dr Shaikh and shall update the website when we have been successful. In the meantime we have employed a temporary doctor, Dr Marwa Gibril to take care of Dr Shaikh's list. Some of you may remember Dr Gibril. She was a registrar Woodlands as part of her GP training.
Dr David Whillier has reduced his sessions to 4 session a week and has therefore reduced his patient list. These patients will be cared for by Dr Sharon James until such times a permanent doctor can be found.
You may be aware of a national shortage of GPs with 100 GPs leaving the NHS every day. Thank you very much to all our patients for bearing with us during these difficult times.
Dr Stef Turner is currently on maternity leave. Her patients will be looked after by locums until her return.
Over the coming months you will notice our receptionists will ask you for a brief outline of your problem when you ring for an appointment. This is because we are introducing something called "care navigation". It means we are training receptionists and clerical staff to help them help patients by indentifying the most appropriate place for their care.Through this specialist training our practice team will be able to direct you to the most appropriate health clinician for your needs.
Receptionists will never offer clinical advice or triage: this new way of working is about offering you the choice to see more appropriate professionals in the practice team or elsewhere. If they can deal with the problem directly it will often be quicker and means you may not need to see the GP at all. By working this way it helps to free up time for GPs to care for patients with complex or serious health conditions that can only be managed by the GP. The choice is always your though and you will never be refused a GP appointment but we hope the next time you contact your GP and speak with the receptionist you will see the value of seeing another health care professional.
Next surgery closure
Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 12 noon for staff training
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GP Patient Survey
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EXTENDED HOURS SURGERIES
On Monday morning and evening and on alternating Thursday and Friday mornings and evenings we have extended surgeries in which doctors each cover an earlier or later surgery slot on rotation to ensure that any patients who are commuters, and are therefore unable to make an appointment during our normal surgery hours, are still able to have an appointment.
These are not able to be booked online, please request one of these appointments from the receptionist.
They run from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and the GPs rotate the clinics so you may not be able to see your own GP
Click on the link to view the latest West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group Newsletter
West Kent CCG Newsletter
There are screening services which you are entitled to under the NHS. Visit www.nhs.uk for full details
(Site updated 12/02/2019)