The 21st Century and Other Recent Developments
The first practice computer was acquired in 1989, but it was to be another 10 years before “computerisation” replaced the system of paper records that dated back to 1911. These days computers are of course integral to all our work at the practice, and many of our patients like to book appointments and request their prescriptions online.
Since the millenium we have also seen the primary care in the NHS make great strides in providing systematic quality of care for chronic diseases in General Practice through our Nurse led clinics. To this end we are delighted that we have such a strong team of Practice Nurses and Community Nurses taking this important work forward.
The Patient Participation Group was founded in 2011 and ably led by a small group of hard-working and committed Patients and Service-users. we are very grateful for their efforts and hard work and the group continues to grow from strength to strength.
2012 was an auspicious year for the Practice. We saw the Health and Social Care Act bring one of the biggest reorganisations of the NHS into being. This saw the abolition of the Primary Care Trusts and their replacement with Clinical Commissioning Groups. The same year also witnessed the opening of the East Street Pharmacy at our Tonbridge site.
Dr Alistair Howitt
In 2015 Dr Howitt retired from the Practice after a 32 career at Warders. During that time he helped take the practice forward as a leading hub for both research and education. A GP trainer for many years and a GP training scheme Programme Director – he was also an examiner for the MRCGP exam and led the College in expanding the role of the MRCGP exam abroad – notably in the Far East and Egypt.
As we enter our third Century who knows what the future will hold for us? We can only guess – but as you have seen the Practice has constantly evolved and risen to all the challenges it’s faced to date, and we hope will continue to do so for many years to come.