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 MATRIX

 MEDICAL
CENTRE


10a Beacon Hill
Chatham
Kent
ME5 7JX

Telephone:   (01634) 406607

  Email:  matrixmedicalcentre@nhs.net


Branch Surgeries at Tunbury Avenue and Wayfield Road 


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CORONAVIRUS

 

Changes in the way GP surgeries are run are now being rolled out across Kent and Medway to ensure the safety of staff and patients during the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Each primary care network – which are groups of GP surgeries in the same area working together – will be splitting patient care across different sites, meaning the normal primary care needs of patients who have Covid-19 symptoms can be met in a primary care treatment centre, while other premises will aim to remain virus free.

 

Patients will be referred to a primary care treatment centre, sometimes known as a ‘hot site’, by their GP or via NHS 111; they are not testing centres or a walk-in service.

 

Although as many patients as possible will be assessed via video and telephone appointments, which will avoid unnecessary risk and travel, there will be occasions when people need to see a clinician face-to-face and the aim of these centres if to assess this cohort of patients. Dr Navin Kumta, GP and Chair of NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

 

“Wherever possible, the primary care treatment centres will be established in an existing clinical building but this will vary across Kent and Medway. In some cases drive through facilities are being set up and buildings such as schools or leisure centres are also being used – providing they meet the criteria we have identified, which includes being easy to deep clean. The aim is to assess and treat patients who have Covid-19 symptoms, such as a persistent cough or a temperature over 37.8 degrees, in a safe setting and ensure patients without symptoms can be seen at the other sites with a minimal risk of infection. This includes the most vulnerable and those self-isolating.” 

 

​CCG teams are now working with primary care networks to ensure the proposed hot sites meet NHS guidelines, can deliver safe services and that appropriate infection prevention and control measures are in place for patients and staff. Methods of prescribing are also being explored to minimise potentially infectious patients having to visit pharmacies.

 

Dr Kumta added: “We very grateful to everyone involved who has mobilised so quickly to put the new temporary arrangements in place. By reducing the chance of cross contamination we will make it safer for everyone involved and reduce the pressure on our staff, some are which are having to self-isolate, meaning we have fewer GPs in the surgeries.”

Full details of the locations of each of the primary care treatment centres, as well as opening times, will be available via the GP practices’ websites and www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk once they are operational.

Proposed Merger of Matrix Medical Centre and Wayfield Medical Centre

 

Matrix Medical Centre and Wayfield Medical Centre are looking to merge together.

 

Historically, the Matrix Medical Centre and Wayfield Medical Centre have worked alongside each other sharing Luton Medical Centre.

 

The main reason for the merger is from an administrative point of view. Currently we have one reception team who have to run two computer systems alongside each other, which is proving more and more difficult and as we get new software release, which are not designed to run alongside dual sites. In fact, patients will see no change other than we will hopefully become more efficient and be able to deal with your queries quicker.

 

We are committed to ensuring that continuity of care is retained for patients with on-going health care issues as we know that this is important to you, and good for patient care.

 

If you have any comments you wish to make about this, either contact the surgery or email us at edn.g82719@nhs.net

Need Health Help Now?

Need Health Help Now? is a new website launched in Medway to help you find the right treatment for health problems, especially if you are not sure what to do or who to contact.

 

Go to:

www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net

care.data - IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

From Autumn 2014, NHS England will be able to extract confidential information about you from our computer system under a scheme called care.data. We have no control over this, but you can choose to opt out if you wish. Read these documents carefully, and if you wish to opt out please let a member of staff know:

 

care.data – Patient Information Leaflet

care.data – Patient FAQs

Kent Primary Care Agency

You may receive a letter from the Kent Primary Care Agency asking you to confirm that you are still living at your address that is registerd with us as your GP surgery. It is VITAL that you reply to this letter (a pre-paid envelope and tick-box form will be sent to you by Kent Primary Care Agency). If you fail to reply to the Agency, they will remove you from our patient list, and you will not be registered with a GP. If you have any questions or concerns about this please contact Alison, the Practice Manager.

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