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   Flu season has commenced.


If you are under 65 years of age with diabetes, COPD, severe asthma, heart disease, are immunosuppressed, a carer or pregnant or over the age of 65 years, then contact the surgery to book into a flu clinic.


It is very important to have the vaccine, especially as you get older as immunity begins to fade.


If you have a child born between 1/9/14 and 30/8/16, then it is recommended they have the nasal flu vaccine. Older children will be offered this at school.


Please note our new social media pages:


       For Downham patients access facebok via :   The Links MP - Downham,

     For Mottingham patients please access via:  @Thelinksmedicalpracticemott


        Instagram - thelinksmedical

         Twitter - @LinksMedicalPr


We are now offering extra alternative appointments under the GP Alliance on Monday - Friday afternoons and evenings and Saturday and Sunday all day. The appointments are based at three different GP surgeries (Beckenham, Orpington and Bromley) where a GP can see you with your usual records. Please speak to reception for details.

Please look out for information  by the practice regarding sharing electronic information between Hospitals, GP's and Community Care via the Local Care Record.

Please note it is a NHS requirement that all patients are allocated a named GP who is responsible for the patients overall care at the practice. Please contact the practice should you wish to know who your named GP is.
If you have a preference to who your named GP is then the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request however p
lease may we re-iterate you can still see whichever GP you wish and not only your named GP
. If you have any questions then please ask at the reception desk or call the surgery.

Many thanks

Did you know we have a formal PPG Group called The Links Patient Participation Group?
Our PPG Chair for The Links Patient Participation Group is Roger Ballaster. Ask for more details if you are interested in joining.

 We are now up and running with a Text Messaging Service.
We have the facility to use the above service to contact you by sending SMS Text Messages to your mobile phone. 

To ensure this service is used to its full advantage, can we please ask you to check your mobile number is correct on our records, this can be done via the reception desk or telephoning us on 0208 461 3333 if you are a Downham patient or 0208 857 0011 if you are a Mottingham patient.

 However if you would not like to be part of this service and have not already responded to the text we sent out Dear Patient, The Links Medical Practice is introducing a FREE patient messaging service. To opt out, text STOP to 07800008113 then please let reception know so we can ensure you do not receive any text messages.


As of Monday 1st December 2014, we  added  the 'Friends and Family Test'  survey to our website.   There are 3 simple questions for you to answer.   This survey will provide a quick snapshot of what our patients think, and how we can improve our patient care and practice services.   

The survey is located under the heading 'Have Your Say', on the right hand side of the website home page. 

We look forward, to receiving your views. 


111 nhs service.

The new national telephone advice service '111' has come to Bromley.This service has replaced NHS Direct and is the contact number for patients at certain times of the day when the surgery is closed.Please telephone the surgery and listen to the surgery answer phone message for details.

Thank you.


We have Saturday morning appointments once a month and evening appointments every other week on a Monday at Mottingham and Wednesday at Downham which are bookable in advance .

You may also book a telephone appointment if you wish to discuss an ongoing medical problem.Please try and book with your usual Dr when requiring treatment for an ongoing problem. Telephone appointments are not suitable for new diagnosis and complex problems.

We have a  'medical pod' in the waiting area at each surgery. This is for use by patients who are not already on treatment for blood pressure. Please ask reception for a free token and you may use the machine to record your weight, height and blood pressure. The machine speaks instructions but it DOES NOT speak out your weight. At completion the machine will print two tickets with the weight height and blood pressure readings.  Please put your name on the slip, tick whether you are a smoker or not and hand one of the copies in to reception.We can use this information to update your records. Please note that if the blood pressure reading falls outside a set range the receptionist may ask you to have your blood pressure checked again by a health care assistant.


Simple travel Vaccinations


   Please remember that vaccinations planning is an important part of your holiday. If you are visiting a number of countries the vaccination planning is a complex process. Even regions within the same country have different requirements for vaccination. For this reason if you have left the request for vaccination within 6 weeks of departure, or if your travel plans involve more than two countries and/or if you plan a backpacking holiday in rural areas, although the surgery will provide those vaccine available on the NHS,you will be advised to find a specialist travel clinic. Your travel company or airline may be able to help you find a service, or, you may find a service in the yellow pages or on the internet.Please be aware that many countries require a course of vaccinations at staggered intervals prior to departure. Some of the vaccinations are expensive. 


If you have made contact with the surgery at least six weeks before departure we will be able to privide those NHS vaccines that are required. Before an appointment is made please collect a travel risk assessment form ( one for each traveller)  from the surgery.Please submit the completed forms within 2 or 3 days.  Very specific detail of your  itinerary will be required. 


  The Travel specialist Nurse will review your plans and decide which of your needs can be met by the surgery.

If the requirement is for any of the following: 

Diphtheria /Tetanus/Polio

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B- (May be chargeable £20/vaccine)

Typhoid -please note that there is a nationwide shortage of this vaccine currently.

Malaria- may be chargeable

then the surgery will usually be able to deliver this course of vaccine for patients.

If however the vaccinations required are complex you will be asked to contact a specialist travel clinic.

At your travel appointment The Specialist Nurse will Check through your itinerary with you, plan the course of vaccine that is required, and explain the costs involved.

 Failure to attend Travel appointments 

In the past we have had patients fail to attend appointments - for a family of four would be 50 minutes of valuable Nurse time wasted. This is unfair to all of our patients. For this reason patients who do not attend their travel appointment  will not be offered a further appointment, but they will be  asked to find a specialist travel clinic. 

In the future we are planning to develop this service to include more complex travel services.

 There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below-


Europe Europe & RussiaNorth America North America
Central America Central Americaindia South America
egypt Carribeanlithuania Africa
bulgaria Middle Eastpoland Central Asia
china East Asiachina Australasia and Pacific




Please fill in the risk assessment form below and bring to your appointment with the nurse:

Travel Form Page 1 Travel Form Page 2

Travel Form Page 3 Additional information regarding our travel clinic/form

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