Surgery News

Surgery closed 9th February and 13th April from 1pm

The surgery (and telephone lines) will be closed from 1pm on the 9th February and the 13th April for staff training.  Medical cover will be provided by the out of hours service and the telephones will automatically divert. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Mindfulness 8 week Course 27th Jan – 23rd March 2016 – NOW FULLY BOOKED

***This course is now fully booked, but if you would like to pre-register for the next course please e-mail Dr Pillai on neil.pillai@nhs.net***

Mindfulness : Finding Peace in a Frantic World 8 week Course

Starting Tenterden 27th Jan- 23rd March 2016

Mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. In doing so we have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how our minds work.

We live in a world of constant busyness, where there is always another job to be done or a goal to achieve, and life can seem like an exhausting journey of getting from A to B, where something important gets lost along the way.

If you feel that you spend a lot of time worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past, or would like to learn how to respond to difficulties in a different way from how you may have approached things in the past, Mindfulness may help. It may be that for whatever reasons you feel stressed, anxious or just feel that life has lost its sparkle. Or you may just be curious to try something new for you.

Many people who take a Mindfulness course find that it brings them a sense of calmness, that they are able to solve problems in more skilful ways than in the past and there can be a sense of waking up to one’s life, and an increased sense of wellbeing and happiness is often the outcome.

Mindfulness is an evidence-based, non religious practice which is NICE approved to reduce the risk of depression, but its application is much wider than this with courses now being taught in many local schools to enhance well-being and learning, in sports training to improve performance and increasingly used in the corporate sector to reduce stress and improve creativity and resilience.

Dr Neil Pillai is a local GP from Ivy Court Surgery who has been trained to teach Mindfulness based courses at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University. He is an enthusiastic Mindfulness teacher who is keen to bring the benefits of Mindfulness to the widest possible audience.

The course is an 8 week course consisting of 8 sessions which last around 2 hours and will be held every Wednesday morning from 10am-12pm at West View Integrated Care Centre, Tenterden in the MultiFunction room on the lower ground floor, starting on Wednesday 27th January 2016 till March 23rd (There will not be a session in half term week on the 17th February).

Please click below for full details and an application form.

Jan 2016 FW application pack

Surgery closed 9th December from 1pm

The surgery (and telephone lines) will be closed from 1pm on the 9th December for staff training.  Medical cover will be provided by the out of hours service and the telephones will automatically divert. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

New Rural Ashford Travel Clinic – now taking bookings!

As you may know, Ivy Court Surgery, Hamstreet Surgery and Woodchurch Surgery have been working closely together for well over a year now on various projects such as the Weekend Urgent Care Service and the ‘Virtual Ward’ for the elderly and vulnerable.

You may also be aware that there have been difficulties with obtaining appointments with other private travel clinics in Ashford. This has caused significant problems for us in rural Ashford as travelling further than Ashford is inconvenient and not always possible. In some cases, it has meant our patients travelling 30 miles to obtain their travel vaccinations. We feel this is unacceptable.

Following complaints from patients in the cluster regarding the lack of a local travel service, the doctors and practice managers of our three surgeries have had several meetings to see if this service could be setup in our surgeries. We are delighted to announce the start of our own Travel Advice and Vaccination service as of the 5th November 2015. This we hope will be another valuable service to our patients, and will be provided through Ashford Rural Medical Services (through which the urgent care service and our other collabarative projects are delivered).

As a specific travel advice service is not covered by the NHS, there will unfortunately be a fee for the service, which we hope you understand.

There will be one clinic each week, alternating on a Tuesday from Hamstreet Surgery and the following week on a Thursday from Ivy Court in Tenterden.

To book in for this, please telephone your surgery. At this stage, this service is reserved for registered patients of our three surgeries.

Many thanks and best wishes.

Extra information on the Flu Service

Just a brief reminder that when attending for a flu vaccination at the surgery, it also gives us the opportunity to discuss any other vaccinations you may be eligible for, such as protection against shingles or the pneumococcus bacteria (one of the commonest causes of severe respiratory infections).

It is also a good time to have your blood pressure checked if needed and your medical records updated with any other changes in lifestyle or circumstances.

Do not delay, book for your flu jab as soon as possible by either phoning the surgery (after 10am) or booking online.

With our best wishes.

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