At Charing Surgery we endeavour to work in partnership with patients and their carers to provide the best medical practice.
We consistently score high on the national quality and outcome framework (QoF).
We are an approved training practice which means that we host qualified doctors who want to become GPs (GP Registrars), Advanced Nurse Practitioner trainees, qualified doctors who are early in their medical career (Foundation Year 2 doctors), medical students, and nursing students. The practice is inspected at regular intervals for this purpose. Trainee doctors will be having regular clinics like other doctors whilst medical or nursing students will see patients with a supervisor. All trainees have a clinical supervisor who is available to help them at all times.
Sometimes the doctor may wish to video or audio record their consultation for educational purposes. These recordings are an important teaching aid for consultation skills. At such times, your permission will always be sought, either verbally or you might be asked to sign a consent form. Your confidentiality will always be maintained and you can withdraw the consent if you wish to at the end of the consultation. Please feel free to ask for clarification. Thank you for contributing towards training and the future development of the medical workforce and skills in our locality.
The Practice list is currently open and we are very happy to take registrations from patients within our practice boundary. We provide full medical care for 21 villages and communities around Charing, including the dispensing of medicines.
The practice was founded around 1910 when Dr Littledale Senior started a practice at Wakely House. He was joined in partnership by his son, Dr “Dick” Littledale in 1936. On his father’s death in 1950 the surgery moved to Ludwell House. In 1953 he took a partner and the surgery moved to its site in Station Road. In 1961 the practice was expanding with two branch surgeries and a third partner was appointed. In 1980 the next-door property was added to give extra space for the Primary Health Care Team. In 1989 a fourth partner was appointed. The new Charing Surgery opened in February 1997. Here we are able to expand the range of services available including a full dispensing pharmacy and various complementary therapies. In 2009 a new extension to the Practice was completed providing 5 new consulting rooms, a community dispensary/pharmacy, and an additional waiting room. Also, two new treatment suites have been added to enable more scope for consultant-led clinics to be run in the future at the practice.
The current partners are Dr R Dunnet, Dr S Naganathar, Dr R Knottenbelt and Dr C Norwood.
CCTV is installed at the Practice premises for the purposes of staff, patient and premises security. Please click here to read our CCTV statement.
The surgery provides disabled access throughout the building. A disabled-user toilet is situated on the ground floor and a lift is available for patients visiting the first floor. We have a large free car park for our patients.
Maintaining high standards in relation to the prevention and control of infection is essential to enable us to provide safe and effective care for all of our patients. All staff at Charing Surgery are committed to minimising the risk of infection and ensuring our practice is upheld by the most up-to-date standards and current guidance (Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infection and related guidance 2015). The Infection Control Leads for the surgery are Victoria Frisby and Kerrie Farrell (Nursing Team). If you have any questions or complaints relating to our infection prevention controls, please contact the surgery on phone: 01233 714490 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHS ‘Zero Tolerance’
This practice supports the government’s NHS Zero Tolerance Zone Campaign.
Violence and abuse are a growing concern. GPs and their staff have a right to care for others without fear of being abused or attacked, verbally or physically. This includes verbal abuse and aggression which will not be tolerated.
Violent patients will be reported to the police and struck off the practice list. We ask that you treat your GP and practice staff properly.