Patients no longer need to telephone to book an appointment with a clinician. You must now complete a simple on line form via our website, which allows you submit a short medical or administrative query to the Surgery for review by our GP Triage Team.
The form is available for clinical queries from 8-5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), however in the event we reach a safe working capacity, the clinical submissions will be switched off for that day. For administrative enquiries the form is available 7 days a week, please note that forms submitted out of hours will not be looked at until the next working day.
Please don’t worry if you do not have access to the internet or have difficulty with IT, you can telephone us instead on 01732 865055and a member of our Reception Team will be happy to complete and submit a medical or admin query on your behalf.
Once your submission has been reviewed by the Triage Team, we will contact you with the outcome.
Public Meeting at the Eden Centre, on Saturday 4th March 2023.
Public listening events launch as Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre takes historic step towards completion
Edenbridge is one step closer to having a purpose-built health centre as the final bolt in the steel frame was tightened at an historic topping off ceremony (Thursday, 23 February).
Local people will soon be enjoying the new community hub, a one-stop shop for health and wellbeing services, which is set to complete this autumn.
Next week the full list of what could be delivered from Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre will be shared.
There will be a variety of ways people can find out more about these services and have their say, starting with a public meeting at the Eden Centre, chaired by Tom Tugendhat MP, from 10am until 12noon on Saturday, 4 March.
SCARLET FEVER AND iGAS update
The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that scarlet fever cases continue to remain higher than we would typically see at this time of year. Below are the main points of information, and additional advice to patients.
In essence it is tonsillitis accompanied by a rash.
Look out for the symptoms:
A fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel. On darker skin, the rash can be more difficult to detect visually but will have a sandpapery feel.
The lips and tongue are often also inflamed [‘strawberry tongue’].
What to do if you suspect Scarlet Fever.
Contact NHS 111 or your GP if you suspect scarlet fever, because early treatment of Scarlet Fever with antibiotics is important to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia or a bloodstream infection. It also reduces the risk of spreading it to other people. Anyone with Scarlet Fever should stay at home for at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment for this reason.
GAS (Group A Streptococcus), and iGAS (invasive Group A Streptococcal infection)
Scarlet fever is caused by GAS. These bacteria also cause other respiratory and skin infections such as tonsillitis, strep throat, impetigo and cellulitis. Group A Strep infections are usually kept within the surface layers of the body by the immune system, helped by antibiotic treatments.
In very rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep (iGAS). While still uncommon, there has been an increase in invasive Group A strep cases this year, particularly in children under 10.
There were 2.3 cases per 100,000 children aged 1 to 4 compared to an average of 0.5 in the pre-pandemic seasons (2017 to 2019) and 1.1 cases per 100,000 children aged 5 to 9 compared to the pre-pandemic average of 0.3 (2017 to 2019) at the same time of the year.
So far this season there have been 5 recorded deaths within 7 days of an iGAS diagnosis in children under 10 in England. During the last high season for Group A Strep infection (2017 to 2018) there were 4 deaths in children under 10 in the equivalent period.
Investigations are also underway following reports of an increase in lower respiratory tract Group A Strep infections [chest infections and pneumonia] in children over the past few weeks, which have caused severe illness.
Currently, there is no evidence that a new strain is circulating. The increase is most likely related to high amounts of circulating bacteria and social mixing.
Fortunately, Group A Strep continues to be sensitive to a variety of antibiotic treatments. Even if it is causing invasive infections, it is unusual for it to be resistant to antibiotics.
GAS and iGAS Q+A
What is Group A Streptococcus (GAS)?
Group A Streptococcus is a bacterium often found in the throat and on the skin.
How is GAS spread?
Streptococci survive in the throat and on hands for long enough to allow easy spread between people through sneezing, kissing and skin contact. People may carry Group A Streptococci in their throat or on the skin and have no symptoms of illness. This is known as being colonised.
What kinds of illnesses are caused by GAS?
Most GAS infections are relatively mild illnesses such as ‘strep throat’, or a skin infection such as impetigo. On rare occasions, these bacteria can cause other severe diseases.
What is invasive Group A Streptococcal disease (iGAS)?
Sometimes severe GAS disease may occur when bacteria get into parts of the body where bacteria are usually not found, such as the blood, muscles or the lungs. These infections are known as invasive Group A Streptococcal disease and may include serious conditions, such as toxic shock syndrome.
Why does invasive Group A Streptococcal disease occur?
Invasive GAS infections occur when the bacteria get past the defences of the person who is infected. This may occur when a person has sores or other breaks in the skin that allow the bacteria to get into the tissue, or when the person’s ability to fight off the infection is decreased because of chronic illness or an illness that affects the immune system.
Also, some strains of GAS are thought to be more likely to cause severe disease than others.
Am I at risk of getting Group A Streptococcal disease from close contact with a relative or household contact?
Most people who come into contact with GAS remain well and symptom-free or develop mild throat or skin infections.
Healthy people can get invasive GAS disease from a relative or a member of their household but it is very rare. In adults it may be more likely that the infection will start from a wound, tissue or skin infection than from a throat infection.
What does iGAS look like as an illness in children?
There are lots of viruses that cause sore throats, colds and coughs circulating. These should resolve without medical intervention. However, children can on occasion develop a bacterial infection on top of a virus and that can make them more unwell. iGAS may start with the same symptoms of tonsillitis or other local infections such as impetigo or cellulitis [skin and soft tissue infections] but the person becomes more unwell than expected as the bacteria invade into the bloodstream.
What should I do if I suspect a GAS infection in my child?
As a parent, if you feel that your child seems seriously unwell, you should trust your own judgement.
Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:
your child is getting worse, especially if they are getting worse at a point in a viral illness when you would be expecting them to get better
your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake
What symptoms do I need to be aware of in myself?
The most important thing to be aware of are the early signs and symptoms of invasive disease. These may include:
• sore throat;
• high fever;
• severe muscle aches;
• localised muscle tenderness;
• redness at the site of a wound.
What should I do if I develop any of these symptoms?
If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your GP or seek medical advice immediately. Tell your GP if you have been in contact with someone recently diagnosed with invasive Group A Streptococcal disease and that you have developed some symptoms that you are worried about.
Most people who come into contact with GAS remain well and symptom-free, or develop mild throat or skin infections. Contracting invasive GAS disease from a relative or household member is very rare.
Many thanks to the UKHSA and to NHS Ayreshire and Arran for the bulk of this information. Here are the links to the full documents.
We have out of hours GP appointments available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and a Wednesday morning.
We have out of hours Nurse appointments available on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Thursday evening.
The surgery will be closed for staff training on the following dates:
Wednesday 11th May
Thursday 9th June
Tuesday 19th July
Wednesday 17 August
Thursday 8th September
Tuesday 18th October
Wednesday 9th November
My GP App
Please note that we trialed by GP App (patient facing access) which allowed you to access this via your mobile. We are having considerable problems with this and have therefore made the decision to disable this AP. You can still use Patient Access and e.Consult via our website. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.
All patients & other visitors to the practice must wear face coverings. We will not be able to provide these so please bring your own. Thank you.
Text messaging service:
Please note that the surgery has recently adopted a new text messaging system, this is called AccuRx. We will be using this a great deal. This is in addition to our group text messaging system called Iplato that we have been using for many years and for patient questionnaires.
Parking at the surgery – important information.
From the 26th May, our car park will only be accessible to patients with a disability or those who have been instructed to use the car park. Please use the car park facilities at the Leisure Centre opposite the Medical Practice.
Please note that unless you are housebound we cannot accept repeat prescription ordering over the telephone.
You can order on-line, via an app or return the repeat prescription form.
We will be running Flu clinics from 23rd September 2023 through to October 2023 on a Saturday. We will be sending invites to you via text message and contacting all those who do not have a mobile number registered. If you are eligible for a Covid Vaccination (over 75 years old, in the at risk category or immunocompromised) you will also be able to have your Covid vaccination. Please DO NOT call the surgery for any queries regarding Flu as the reception team do not have the capacity to deal with queries, Someone will in touch.