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Welcome to Faversham Medical Practice

Our mission statement:

"At Faversham Medical Practice we aim to provide health care in a professional and compassionate manner and we are committed to delivering a high quality service to our patients."

Dr Sawitzky-Esser has retired

We sre sorry to say goodbye to Dr Sawitzky-Esser who retired on the 1st September 2023. We hope you will join us in wishing her all the best in her retirement.
Here is a message from Dr Sawitzky-Esser to all her patients:

Dear Patient,
I would like to inform you that I will be retiring from Faversham Medical Practice on 1st September 2023.
I feel very privileged to have been a GP at Faversham Medical Practice for the last 14 years.
I will take many happy memories with me from my time as a family doctor in Faversham and I feel very fortunate that I have been able to have a part in my patients’ journeys through life and looking after their health. Some of you I have gotten to know very well over the past 14 years and I know that I will miss seeing you.
I also have been very fortunate to have worked with such a fantastic team of GP colleagues, clinical staff and administrative staff throughout all these years.
I would like to reassure you that the practice is actively recruiting a new GP and I am looking forward to handing over my patients to my successor.
I wish you all the very best and a happy and healthy future
Yours sincerely,

Christiane Sawitzky-Esser

Dr Sawitzky-Esser's patients will be allocated to 2 new GPs, Dr Stern and Dr Wheeler.

Faversham Counselling Service (FCS) and Macmillan-Recovery and Support Journey Talking group.

  • Recovery and Support Journey Talking groups for people living with cancer, developing coping strategies and techniques for everyday life.
  • Facilitated by experienced Counsellors and Wellbeing Practitioners.
  • The Group Programme will be starting on the 29th November 2023.
    • Sessions are every Wednesday for 8 weeks: 29/11/23 - 24/01/24 (not 27/12/23) and 31/1/24 - 20/03/24
    • Online 9am-12pm
    • Face to face 2pm - 5pm running concurrently at the following locations:
      • Ashford: One You Centre, Park Mall, TN24 8RY
      • Thanet: Palm Bay room, Holy Trinity Church, Margate, CT9 3TN
    • For enquiries and to book please email: or call us on 01795 591019.

Flu Vaccinations

We have started booked our Flu Clinics. Further information about the NHS Flu Vaccine here.

The below groups will be eligible for a flu vaccine from 1 September 2023:

  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
  • primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 6). These will be done at school.
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline workers in a social care setting without an employer led occupational health scheme including those working for a registered residential care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care providers, voluntary managed hospice providers and those that are employed by those who receive direct payments (personal budgets) or Personal Health budgets, such as Personal Assistants

Please contact reception to book in.

COVID Autumn Booster

The following groups be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine this autumn:

  • residents in a care home for older adults
  • all adults aged 65 years and over
  • those aged six months to 64 years in a clinical risk group
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • people aged 16 to 64 years who are carers and staff working in care homes for older adults.

If you are eligible for Flu and Covid vaccinations, please contact the practice to book both Flu and COVID vaccines.
If you have already booked a flu vaccination with us and are eligible for the COVID Booster, you will be offered the COVID vaccine at the same time. You do not need to contact the practice.

New Telephone Number

From 10am on Monday the 14th November 2022, we will be using a new telephone system which will have more functionality and capacity for patients. Unfortunantly we are not able to port our existing number to this new system, so we will changing our main contact number to 01795 905577. Please use this number from 10am on the 14th November 2022.

Where to get help

There are extensive resources available in the community which patients can access without ever needed to attend their GP practice.

These include services such as Talking Therapies (counselling), Sexual health clinics, midwifery and stop smoking services.

Please see our "Where to get help" page for information about local services which you can access directly. There are also lots of helpful resources and self help guides.

Long Term Conditions

We are changing the way we invite patients for their annual review of their Long Term Conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension, etc). We are now trying to line up the annual review with their birth month. This might mean that you are called for annual review earlier/later then before. Please bear with us as we work through the new system as it will take a while to get everyone to get their annual reviews lined up with their birth month.

Job Vacancies

We are currently advertising for a Administrator/Receptionist. Please see our Job Vacancies page.

Educational Training afternoon

Please note that the GP practice will be closed on the following afternoons from 1pm for mandatory staff training.
    • Tuesday 5th December 2023
Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board have arranged out-of-hours GP cover for the day which can be accessed by dialing 111.
The Faversham Urgent Treatment Centre will still be open from 8am-8pm every day and will be able to see any Minor Injuries or Minor Illness whilst the practice is closed.
This is open to all patients, whether you are registered with a Faversham GP or not.
When the practice is closed, please dial 111 if you;
- Need medical help fast, but it's not a 999 emergency
- Don't know who to call for medical help or don't have a GP
- Think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service
- Need health information or reassurance about what to do next.

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We are pleased to announce our overall CQC rating as "Good" with several areas as "Outstanding". 
Last Reviewed 6 July 2023

(Site updated 24/11/2023)
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