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Due to the increase in Covid cases, especially the Omicron variant, we will be reintroducing screening at the front door of the surgery. We will only be permitting patients in the building who have an appointment. This is for the safety of our staff and patients.
Please ring the bell and one of our receptionists will be with you to help you. We ask that you please be patient with our staff.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Ridge PCN are offering a Covid vaccination walk-in clinic every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm for anyone over the age of 16.
The clinics are held at Bearsted Medical Practice, Yeoman Lane, Bearsted ME14 4DS
No appointment is necessary - if you are eligible, all you need to do it turn up. To check if you are eligible, please visit the following website
Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

It is not too late to book your flu vaccination. We have availability for those aged over 65 and for eligible under 65's and for the clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone over the age of 50.

If you ring the surgery to book, please ring after 3pm as we are receiving unprecedented numbers of calls at present, and this will reduce your waiting time.

General Practice Data for Planning and Research

"This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the 

GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research

How and why NHS Digital collects, analyses, publishes and shares data collected from GP practices for planning and research.  This Notice also contains information for patients who wish to opt out  - 

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Using the NHS App

To use the NHS App, you must be:

If you’re aged 13 to 15, you’ll need to contact your GP surgery to request access to GP online services before you can use the app.

Find out more about the NHS App

We recommend that you register with the NHS App:

  • before booking your international travel
  • at least 2 weeks before your departure date and once you’ve had a full course of vaccinations, which is currently 2 doses of an approved vaccine

Protecting your data

Your COVID-19 vaccination status is held securely within the NHS App, and can only be accessed via the NHS login service.

The app only shows your COVID-19 vaccination status in the form of your vaccination record.

In the future, the app will also show your COVID-19 test results.


Welcome to DoctorLink

Help us to help you - this practice has teamed up with DoctorLink to improve how you access your GP and other medical services.

Sign up to DoctorLink to:

  • Get clinical advice 24/7
  • Access a variety of other medical services

How does this work:

  • Register with the DoctorLink service for log in details, you will be asked for a brief medical history before asking about your current symptoms
  • It is easy to register, just follow the link provided.  If you should encounter any problems DoctorLink have a help desk to assist you
  • Other services will be added in due course

By downloading and using DoctorLink you will be helping us manage our workload better and offer better services to you.

To set up an account or to sign in please go to:

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