At St James' Surgery, we will be keeping you and our staff safe by limiting face to face contact.
We will provide most appointments over the phone but are able to see patients face to face if neccessary.
Please note with immediate effect our doors will be closed, however our phones are open. Please only come to the surgery if you have pre booked appointment. Please contact us via the phone or online services.
For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances. These can be accessed at:
Covid-19 vaccination information
From 21/06/21 The National Booking system will be taking over making appointments for our patients. Please do not call the surgery or CHA.
To make an appointment you will need to call 119 or visit:
There will be home visits for housebound patients. We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.
Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
The booster vaccination programme is opening up to all adults aged 18 and over. Eligibility will be opened up based on age. For the latest detail on who is eligible, please check https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Please wait until you are contacted by the NHS or you see national publicity that your age range is now eligible. The time between your second dose and a booster must be at least three months.
Please do not call the practice with general queries about Covid-19 vaccination.
Local teams are vaccinating as many people as quickly as possible, working through general practice, community pharmacies and other NHS teams.
You can book using the national booking service by calling 119 or at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
The national booking service will only show clinics that have appointments available when you visit the site/call 119; but clinics regularly add more dates. For a full list of all vaccination sites in Kent and Medway, visit https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine
Vaccine Scam Alert
We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.
Please be alert to these scams.
The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. The NHS will:
· NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad to confirm you want a vaccine.
· NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Kent Police online or phone 101.
NHS Information You can also find more information about the vaccines on the NHS COVID-19 vaccinations webpage. Public Health England has also published guidance.
Covid Passport/ proof of vaccination documents
Currently we are unable to provide our patients with certification of Covid Vaccination, a vaccination passport or letter to prove you have been vaccinated against Covid 19.
These proof of vaccination documents have not yet been developed and cannot be provided by us. As soon as we have further information we will share it with you.