Aylesham Medical Practice
Aylesham is an ex-mining village, which until 1987 provided the majority of the work force for Snowdown Colliery. Aylesham has a high prevalence of chronic disease, a large proportion being industrial acquired. The village of Aylesham has a strong sense of community originating from its days as a mining village, and it is common for several generations of families to be found living within Aylesham.
Aylesham Medical Practice also serves the surrounding villages of Nonington, Woolage Village, Woolage Green and Shepherdswell. Aylesham Medical Practice has easy access to professions allied to medicine. A dentist, physiotherapist, acupuncturist, speech therapist, counsellor, midwife, chiropodist, district nurses and health visitors, are either resident or run surgeries within Aylesham Health Centre.
Wingham is an attractive historic village situated six miles east of Canterbury with 13th century timber buildings adjacent to the length of the tree-lined High Street. The surgery serves a large rural area incorporating many small villages. The population of Wingham is 1600, with a large proportion of the village having professional occupations. Wingham Surgery joined Aylesham Medical Practice in April 2004 following the retirement of a single-handed GP. The premises is owned by the Practice, and is a converted bungalow with excellent disabled access. Wingham Surgery enjoys good support from the local community. The appointment system at Wingham is rarely stretched (although Mondays are generally busier), and the surgery has a more relaxed feel compared with the busy atmosphere of Aylesham Medical Practice.
Our new surgery which is funded by the CCG holds a large variety of medical services. Aylesham Medical Practice is situated primarily on the ground floor and includes three doctors consulting rooms, three nursing consulting rooms and a separate fully equipped minor-ops/treatment room. The Practice aspires to become a teaching practice, including the teaching of GP registrars, within the next few years. The new premises were built with this in mind, and have been designed to include a teaching suite with trainers and registrars rooms, as well as a library/meeting room.
This Practice has been built anticipating the expansion of the surgery, as 1100 new homes are planned for Aylesham. It is hoped that the Practice will now be able to offer a greater range of services, and certainly offers excellent opportunities for any doctor who provides more specialist or diverse services within the Practice or possibly the CCG. Aylesham Medical Practice and Wingham Surgery look towards the future and will continue to offer the best possible service for their patients.