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MED3 (sick note)

NHS 111 has established a service for patients who require certification because they are self-isolating in line with government advice. Follow this link:


Please do not book a GP appointment or attend the practice if you, or anyone in your household, have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough or a high temperature.

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days. If you live with other people, they should also stay at home for at least 14 days to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.

Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or cannot go online.

For the latest coronavirus advice please visit


If you have a cough and/or high temperature do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. Do not visit the surgery. Routine face to face GP appointments have been suspended. If you need to speak to a GP then it will be a telephone consultation. No home visits will be made. Essential nursing appointments will continue but annual health checks will be suspended.


For general information on Coronavirus please go to:

If you are concerned that you 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 accesed at:


From 1st February 2020 our fax machine has been de-commissioned and we are no longer able to send or received messages via fax.

Friends and Family Test

Results - February 2020

56- Extremely likely to recommend
25 -Likely to recommend
 6 - Neither likely nor unlikely to recommend
 5 - Unlikely to recommend
 2 - Extremely unlikely to recommend


The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert for much of England including the South East, which could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients. If you are over 65 or in a clinical risk group and have not already had a flu jab please book one at Reception.


Are you a carer? please see under "Further Information" about the help that is available and fill in the form so that we can add you to our carer's register.


We are moving to a new clinical system on Wednesday 15th January 2020 and we are already planning for the changes that will happen. During the week leading up to the changeover all consultations, prescriptions and correspondence will require re-inputting into the new system. To help with this we would be grateful if you would ensure you order any repeat medication you require in plenty of time and if possible before January 6th 2020. 

We would like to reassure our patients that we will do everything we can to ensure they are provided with excellent care before, during and after the changeover. 

Blood Tests

We are now offering our patients appointments on a Saturday morning to have a blood test. Please telephone reception for availability.


We are preparing for flu season and if you are 65 or over you can call us now to book an appointment at one of our flu clinics in September. For those who are under 65 and in an "at risk" group the vaccine is currently due to arrive towards the end of October. 

Dr Hina Zaidi has joined the practice for the final part of her specialist GP training. She is supported by the rest of our clinical team and is working towards her target of 10 minute appointments - please support her in this by presenting with a single complaint.
Thank you


Please be aware that when you telephone the Prescription Ordering Direct service to order your medication they will only be able to process medicines which are "on repeat". Medicines which are not on repeat will have to be ordered in writing or in person at the practice. This is to ensure medication is being used appropriately.


Patient Advice and Liaison Service

If you are experiencing difficulty with any of the care provided by Darent Valley Hospital then PALS are there to help.In our experience patients have found this invaluable when unable to speak to the team managing their care. This is a confidential service for people who would like information, help or wish to comment about any of the services provided by the hospital.


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road




Tel:  01322 428382


Mobile Phone Numbers

Please ensure we have your correct mobile number so we can send you text reminders and you can access the My GP App

Care Quality Commission

For our latest inspection report please see under Further Information

The Cedars Surgery is a Training Practice

In association with:

Kent Surrey & Sussex GP Deanery and Canterbury Christ Church University

Currently training under supervision:

Dr Hina Zaidi

Trainees you may see at our surgery:

FY2 - These are fully qualified doctors who have worked at least one year as hospital doctors. They work under supervision.

ST1, ST2, ST3 - Doctors in specialist training in General Practice. The number next to ST indicates the year of training they are currently in.

PA - Physicians associates - This is a new and exciting role in the NHS.

Physician Associates are collaborative healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education, who work alongside doctors, GP's and surgeons providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team.

If you see any of our trainees and have any concerns please speak to a member of the reception staff.

Your opinion is extremely valuable and we will often request feedback from patients regarding our trainees.

Improved Access

Many more GP appointments now available in Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley

We are delighted to announce that from 1st October 2018, you can book to be seen by a GP, nurse and other health professionals until 8pm Monday to Friday, and at weekends and bank holidays.

This is part of a national drive to improve access to GP services and give people the opportunity to see health professionals at a time that suits them.

The appointments won't always be at this surgery, but your notes will available to the GP, nurse or other health professional, providing you give your consent.

To find out more, and book one of these appointments, please contact us and speak to the receptionist, who will help you see the right person for your needs.

We will offer the new appointments routinely but please tell us if you particularly need a Saturday, Sunday or evening slot. We will also tell you where the appointment will be. 

Please ring NHS111 as usual if you need medical assistance when we are closed and it cannot wait until we re-open.


This is the new app available to keep track of your repeat medications, nominate your preferred pharmacy and order your medication. 

It is available from the App Store

Patient On-Line Services 

If you would like to access on-line services please come in to reception with photo id and we will provide you with the details you require. Once you have completed the sign up process you will have access to your patient summary as well as being able to book and cancel appointments and order repeat medication.


We record all incoming and outgoing telephone calls for training and monitoring purposes.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group


Find the right health service online - anytime

See under Further Information to the right of this page

Worried about someone you know?

Kent County Counncil have staff available 24 hours a day. To report abuse of an adult or child follow the link:

Online Access to Medical Records

From 31st March 2015 patients will be able to access their online Patient Summery data as well as book appointments and order repeat prescriptions. Sign up at Reception (you will need photo id). If you are already signed up to online services you will be required to provide photo id to access the new service. 


When did you last have your blood pressure checked? Come in to the surgery and use the BP machine (ask at Reception). If you have your own BP monitor please bring in your readings so we can update your records. 

Patient Participation Group

If you would be interested in joining our PPG please click on the link on the right hand side of this page or ask in the Surgery. 



We have a number of trained Dementia Friends at the Surgery

See the Dementia Diary produced by the Swanley Dementia Friendly Community Forum


24hr Dementia Helpline: 0800 500 3014


An innovative new service launched by the NHS to help you find the right treatment.

Health Help Now News

Opening Hours

Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more

Like To Register?

New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more


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