We have a team of District Nurses attached to our Practice. Patients who need nursing at home may arrange with the surgery for community nursing sister to come out for a visit. Their primary role is to provide continuation of care in the community at the request of the hospital or the doctor. They offer full nursing care such as dressings, injections and care during terminal illness. They also provide links to other agencies such as social services. They can be contacted on 01732 221167
The Practice also has a team of Health Visitors. Part of their role is to offer advice and support to young mothers, but they can also offer advice and support on many health issues, for example stopping smoking, caring for a disabled relative and staying healthy as an older person. They can be contacted on 01732 470345
Sarah Botten, Wednesday at Kings Hill
Karen Ringshall, Thursday at Kings Hill
Melanie Horsley Tuesday at Kings Hill
The NHS Community Midwives hold antenatal clinics at the Kings Hill surgery and take over care of all pregnant patients. The midwifes arrange all the appropriate checks throughout the pregnancy and will liaise with the doctor and consultant where it is necessary. They also pay visits to the home and may be contacted at the surgery, or by telephoning Midwifery Liasion office, 01892 638 158. If you know you are pregnant you are advised to call us on the normal West Malling Group Practice number when you expect to be at 8 weeks and book in with one of visiting Midwives. There is no need to see the doctor, we can book you straight in with a Midwife. A Midwife will be present at the birth and for a short period after the birth, to ensure all is well with the mother and with the baby.
August 2018 update; “We have increasing demand for midwifery services and are trying to streamline services to give women better continuity of care and choice of days. We can then cover each others clinics as much as possible when we are on annual leave so to not bring in outside midwives which will give us more consistent care. If you have any concerns about the changes please call Midwifery Liasion office on 01892 638 158 Regards Karen Ringshall, Community Midwife, Malling Team, MTW NHS Trust.”
Health and Social Care Coordinator
Ruth Box has been commissioned to work with the Practice on a Wednesday and Friday. She supports patients with Health and Social Care matters. She offers support from existing trusted services around shopping/ delivery and medication collection with the intention of reducing anxiety and in some cases isolation with regular reviews.