West Malling Group Practice

Milverton, 116 High Street, West Malling, ME19 6NE
With surgeries at: West Malling, Leybourne & Kings Hill

West Malling PPG (Patient Particpation Group)

Health Awareness Event

Most men who die of cancer will die of Prostate or Bladder Cancer

Men – are you missing out on finding out about YOUR risk of prostate or bladder cancer?   Come to our free workshop and find out more.

Two leading Men’s cancer care specialists will tell you all you need to know at a free workshop on Wednesday 5th June at Genesis Care, 17 Kings Hill Avenue, ME19 4UA.

Food and drink will be served from 6.30pm and the illustrated workshop will start at 7.00pm.

Please email Barry Evans at wmgpppg@gmail.con and put “Men’s Health” in the subject line to reserve  your place. Places are limited to 60 so please reserve your place quickly.

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Patient Information


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Protected Learning Dates 2019

Tuesday 15th January 2019 –   Time TBC

Wednesday 6th February 2019 – Time TBC

Thursday 7th March 2019 – Time TBC

Wednesday 15th May 2019 – Time TBC

Thursday 6th June 2019 – Time TBC

Tuesday 16th July 2019 – Time TBC

Thursday 12th September 2019 – Time TBC

Tuesday 29th October 2019 – Time TBC

Wednesday 13th November 2019 – Time TBC

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Patient Registrations

With immediate effect, WMGP will be unable to register patients who reside outside of Kings Hill or West Malling. This will enable us to continue to manage our current patient list appropriately.

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Catching breast cancer early is a big step towards successful treatment.

Women and men of all ages can help themselves by knowing what to look for.

Mrs Ritchie Chalmers, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, is giving an interactive talk about this important subject.

She will also use model breasts complete with lumps in them help her teach you how to self-examine.

Mrs Chalmers BA (Oxon), FRCS (Eng), PhD, is with the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and is part of the superb breast care team based there. She also has an extensive private practice and teaches trainee surgeons, GP trainees and on courses at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. She has special interests in diagnosis of Breast Disease, Breast Conservation, and Breast Reconstruction.



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Bowel Cancer UK

Sent on behalf of Leanne Thorndyke, Head of Marketing and Communication – Bowel Cancer UK

Earlier this year Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer merged to become the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity. Today we are delighted to launch the name and brand of the new charity.

After extensive consultation, we have chosen Bowel Cancer UK as the name, underpinned with the strapline ‘Beating Bowel Cancer Together’. We believe this best enables us to continue to build on the fantastic work of the legacy charities.

Read more about the new brand and what we do here We’re also using this opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer screening

to improve early diagnosis of the disease. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer however the disease is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Screening can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat and there is a greater chance of survival.

We’ve contacted media across the country highlighting their local screening uptake rate and encouraging people to take part in the screening programme. In your CCG 62% of people are taking advantage of the screening test.

Our vision is a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer but we can’t achieve this alone. We’re asking the whole community – patients, families and friends, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers, politicians and campaigners, to join us and take action.

Watch and share our new film featuring celebrities, supporters and healthcare professionals: check it out here.

We hope you will join us and help stop people dying of bowel cancer.

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NHS Your Health Update July 2018

There have been several heatwave warnings issued in the past few weeks. It’s important to be aware that vulnerable people, such as older people and young children, are at increased risk of health issues.







Treating sunburn

Sunscreens typically have a shelf life of 2 to 3 years, so check that it’s in-date before using. Click for more tips on using sunscreen correctly.

Sunscreen Advice

Sunscreens usually have a shelf life of 2 to 3 years, so check that it is in date before you use it. Click on more tips for using sunscreen correctly.

Insect Bites

The recent heatwave has caused a spike in insect bites. See our advice on what to do if you’ve been bitten or stung and when to get medical help.

Travel Advice

Going somewhere nice this summer? Some destinations require you to have specific vaccinations before you go. Complete your travel health checklist here.

Measles Risk

Did you know that many young people missed out on their MMR vaccine when they were babies? It’s not too late to protect your child from measles.

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West Kent CCG Update


Stroke Consultation update June 2018 WEST KENT CCG UPDATE

Dear colleagues,

Today we have published two reports about the public consultation on urgent stroke services in Kent and Medway. We would like to thank all the CCG staff and general practice teams who have helped to promote the consultation, either through attending  events or circulating the consultation material and promoting it to others.

The two reports are:

Consultation response report: This report has been written by DJS Research, an independent research consultancy, who analysed all the consultation responses. It provides a detailed report on the themes emerging from the public consultation.

Consultation activity report: This report, written by the consultation team, sets out how we delivered the formal consultation; describing the range of activity we undertook across Kent and Medway and neighbouring areas.

Both reports are available at www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/stroke.

We should stress that no decisions have been taken at this point. The Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups, reviewed the reports at a meeting yesterday (28 June 2018); and will be looking at the responses in more detail in the coming months as part of developing a preferred option.

We would encourage you to look at the response report which we feel gives an accurate reflection of both the support and concerns raised during the consultation. It was good to receive such a wide range of comments from across Kent, Medway, south east London and East Sussex; and to see how important getting our stroke services right is to people. The views we have gathered will play an important part of the next stage of decision making.

The process and timetable for reaching a preferred option is:

• Summer to early autumn: consideration of the consultation responses and establishing whether any viable additional options have been put forward to evaluate in detail, agreeing the approach to the evaluation of the shortlisted options, meeting with the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, evaluation workshops.

• Autumn: identifying a preferred option, development of the ‘decision making business case’, including discussion with the South East Clinical Senate, NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

• Winter: final assurance process with NHS England and NHS Improvement, and the Joint Committee of CCGs meeting to agree the preferred option for implementation.


To keep up to date on the progress of the stroke review please subscribe to the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s regular bulletin at www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/subscribe

Yours faithfully,

On behalf of the Stroke Review Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups


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NHS Choices

NHS Choices: Five steps to mental wellbeing


Below are five things that, according to research, can really help to boost our mental wellbeing:

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.
  • Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.


For full report click here

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Public Health England NHS Breast Screening Programme Incident. National screening offer to women aged 70-79 years on 01/04/2018 who have missed a final screen

Public Health England with the support of NHS Digital is writing to all women who have been
affected by this incident. All women registered with a GP will receive a letter
by the end of May outlining how they can access the helpline and take up the
screening offer if they wish. More than 206,000 women will receive a letter
telling them about the issues.
 The letter will tell women who had not reached their 72nd birthday by 1/4/2018
that they will be sent a catch-up invitation for a screen by their Breast
Screening Service. Women who were between 72 and 79 years on 1/4/2018
will be given information and offered the chance to make a self- referral via
the dedicated helpline.
 All women affected who would like to take up the invitation for a screen will be
offered an appointment by the end of October 2018.

 NHS Choices will have specific information for women affected by this
incident. Information, including on the potential benefits and harms of breast
screening for women in this age group, is available to support their choice of
whether or not to take up the offer of a re-screen.

 Public Health England has put in place a helpline for women who want further information and
for women who have cancer. The Helpline telephone number is 0800 169 2692


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