Surgery News

Ivy Court Patient Survey 2016

We would be grateful if you could complete our patient survey for 2016. This valuable feedback will aid us in tailoring our services to your needs and providing a better service. Many thanks.

Ivy Court Newsletter – Spring 2016

Welcome to our Spring 2016 Newsletter, giving you the latest news on what’s happening at Ivy Court Surgery!

Please click below to download (PDF).

Ivy Court Newsletter Spring 2016

Dispensary Computer Upgrade March 7th 2016

The Dispensary will be undergoing a computer system upgrade on March 7th.  Once installed and running, this will markedly improve our efficiency.

We ask for your co-operation and assistance on this day and the following days thereafter whilst the new system is being implemented. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for your patience.

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***

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

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