Category Archives: Quarter Jack News

Lifestyle Questionnaires

We are sending texts to enable us to update your records – we may ask for your email address or lifestyle options such as your smoking status, height & weight or ethnicity. You will need to input your date of birth (in the format 10/10/1960) to reply so that we can verify it’s from you. QJS will never send texts asking for payment – we are aware of scam texts being sent regarding ordering test kits for covid contact but these are not from us.  Thank you.


We are changing the way we book appointments for routine diabetic checks as some patients have better diabetic control than others.  Firstly, we may ask you to fill in a pre-review questionnaire. This is easiest to do on a computer so we will need your email address to send you a link.

You may find you are contacted earlier than your normal review date  as we feel your diabetic control requires early attention, or your normal review appointment may be delayed until later as we feel your most recent diabetic control has been good. Don’t worry, we won’t leave you without medication if we delay your review date, you will be able to request this as usual.  

Before you complete the questionnaire we will ask you to collect 7 days of home blood pressure readings if you have your own blood pressure monitor. Monitors can be purchased from many pharmacies.  The answers you give us will be saved in your medical record and form part of your review.  You will be given an appointment for a blood test with a foot check as again, the results of these are needed for your review. Your review cannot go ahead until you have had your blood test and foot check. If you do not have a home blood pressure monitor, your reading will be taken when you have your blood test and foot check. 

When the results are received, they will be reviewed by a member of the diabetes team. Some patients will need adjustments made to their medication and/or help with lifestyle choices. These patients will be given appointments to see the diabetic nurse (and may need to return to see a cardiac nurse, if applicable). Some patients will be stable enough to continue their current medications without needing to come to the surgery – their medication will be updated until their next review date. 

If your appointment has been delayed and you feel unwell, please contact us or 111 as you normally would. 

We hope our new system will mean that the patients who need most help with their diabetes are seen most quickly.  

If we don’t have your email address you can give it to us here:

Text Messaging and Email Consent

Thank you



Continued Critical Service Level

We are experiencing high levels of admin and clinical staff absence, due to COVID.

Staff who are well enough will be working from home, however, appointments may need to be postponed it may take longer for us to answer the telephone or deal with admin queries.

If you have difficulty contacting the surgery and your medical condition cannot wait, please consider contacting 111 or 999 in an emergency. If you need to contact us about a routine matter please consider delaying your phone call or using our eConsult service which is available on our website so that patients who are unwell can get through on the phone.

Thank you for your patience.

From The Partners at The Quarter Jack Surgery

Dr Tan retirement

Dear Patients

I would like to announce that I will be retiring on 1st October 2022. It has been a great privilege for me to be your doctor at the Quarter Jack Surgery and to look after you and your family for the past 27 years. I really appreciate the close rapport and friendship that we have developed over the years.

I am pleased that Dr Simon Walker will be taking over my list. I am confident that he will provide the highest standard of medical care to you in the coming years.

Kind regards and best wishes.

Dr John Tan

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

The age limit for routine bowel cancer screening will gradually reduce, starting in 2021/22 for patients who were aged 56 as of 1st June 2021.  Patients who were already 56 on 1st June 2021 will be invited at age 58 in 2022/23. The age for first invite will reduce to 50 by 2025.

This test is designed for patients without symptoms – if you have symptoms that may be related to bowel cancer, please contact us – do not wait for your routine test.

Covid booster after 3rd Primary Dose

Immunosuppressed patients needing a booster 3 months after their 3rd Primary Dose, need to attend a walk-in clinic with their invitation letter.

Most patients will have a letter from their consultant but if you were told to have a 3rd Primary Dose and haven’t had an invitation for a booster, please contact the surgery.

See more information about the 3rd Primary Dose here

Find a walk-in covid vaccination site here

Covid-19 Spring boosters

Spring boosters will be offered to all patients aged 75+ and anyone aged 12+ who is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.

Our clinics at St. Leonards Hospital start in April and eligible patients will be sent an appointment in the post.

We do not hold lists at the surgery of exactly who will receive an appointment when but this will be about 6 months after your previous dose.

If you are in an eligible group and have not received an appointment by the end of April, please contact us to check why.

Click here for more information on the Spring Booster

View your Covid vaccinations

You can view your covid vaccinations on the NHS App – please make sure you are looking at the NHS App, not the NHS Covid-19 App!

Click here to see how to sign up to NHS App to see your covid vac data

Please note, the Covid Pass is not available when using Linked Profiles/Proxy Access – individuals must have their own NHS App login.  You can share a phone or device but will need a unique email address to sign up to the NHS App.

Click here to see more information about the NHS App

(If you use the App to check your surgery appointments, please be aware that telcons may look like a face2face appointments – if you have booked a telcon, please do not attend the surgery but wait for your call.)

View your covid vaccinations on the NHS COVID Pass, within the NHS App

  • Log in to the App
  • Click on ‘Get your NHS COVID Pass’ under Popular services
  • Click on ‘Travel’
  • Click on the green box ‘COVID-19 records found’ Show details
  • You will now see details of your covid vaccinations – scroll left and right to see both vaccines.


Alternatively you can use the NHS website to see your Covid pass here:

or you can request a paper copy by calling 119.

If you had your vaccination(s) abroad –  you can send us proof of vaccination (email to and we will add to your GP record (your name and date of birth have to match your GP record) but this will not currently show in the NHS App.  To add your covid vaccination to the NHS App, see below:

Report any covid vaccines given outside of England

To get your Covid-19 status for vaccines given in Scotland click here

To get your Covid-19 status for vaccines given in Wales click here

To get your Covid-19 status for vaccines given in Northern Ireland click here

If you had your vaccination(s) at our GP Hub at St. Leonards Hospital, more than 2 weeks ago, and it does not show in the App, please email your full name, date of birth and date of vaccination to  When it has been verified it will be added to the App and your GP record.

If you had your vaccination(s) at another vaccination centre in England, more than 2 weeks ago, and it does not show in the App  – we are unable to verify or add any vaccinations given at other UK hubs but we can pass your query to NHS Digital. Please email your full name, date of birth and date and place of vaccination, type ie AstraZeneca or Pfizer and if it was a 1st, 2nd or both to