CHANGES TO DISPENSARY OPENING HOURS
Please be aware that in order to work safely and continue to provide a service, the Dispensary will only be open from 10.00am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm Monday-Friday. Our staff are working as hard as they can to maintain the service and we would be very grateful for you cooperation during this time. Please allow at least 5 working days for your request to be processed. We are currently dispensing medication ordered on 24 March and would ask that you only come to collect medication if you have received a text message advising that it is ready. If you are vulnerable and can ask someone else to collect medication for you, we would strongly encourage you to do so.
Following the Prime Ministers announcement this evening we would urge our patients to stay at home wherever possible. We are doing our utmost to dispense your medication and will text you once it’s ready. Please do not turn up on the off chance that it is ready and if you are trying to collect for someone else please check first. We cannot stress how important it is to heed the advice being given. Please stay at home and stay safe.
Online appointment bookings have been ceased
Please be aware that we are no longer accepting online bookings. All bookings must be made through Reception staff who will arrange for you to be telephoned in the first instance by a GP. They can then assess whether it is appropriate for you to visit the Surgery.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDNG CORONAVIRUS
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days. Do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP Practice. If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. Only call 111 direct if you cannot go online, or are advised to do so by the online service. For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Changes to the Practice
Following yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister and in line with recommendations from NHS.uk the Practice will be making some changes to how we continue to operate over the coming weeks. We will be keeping patients informed via our website and facebook page, and of course our Reception team will be available to speak to. Our Receptionists will be asking all patients questions regarding symptoms prior to booking any appointments.
Please bear with us as we are extremely busy at this time and calls will take longer than usual.
Many thanks from the team for your cooperation in what are difficult times for everyone.
GP Partner Announcement - It was with sadness that we said farewell to our Practice Manager, Alison Lowerson who left us on Friday 28 February. Our Deputy Practice Manager, Karen Turner will be taking over in her absence until we have recruited a new Manager.
Dispensary - The Dispensary will be closed every Wednesday between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.
PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS: We require at least 3 FULL WORKING DAYS to prepare your paper or electronic prescription as per NHS standard. This excludes procurement and dispensing time which is subject to separate clinical and safety standards. You may not request items which are not on your repeat list due to local health policy restrictions in that items which are used occasionally and are available at a pharmacy must be purchased at a pharmacy, whether you are exempt or not from prescription charges. We encourage patients to register for SystmOnline prescription ordering. Just ask a member of our reception team.
PRESCRIPTION CHARGES - If you pay for your prescriptions the NHS increased the Prescription Charge by 20 pence from £8.80 to £9.00 for each medicine or appliance dispensed from 1st April 2019. The cost of the prescription pre payment certificates (PPC) has been frozen for another year. For more information please click HERE.
GDPR - On 25 May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. Here is a copy of our Privacy Notice which includes information on how we use and protect your personal information, and your rights relating to this.
CHECK-IN SCREEN - Our new patient self check-in screen is up and running. It takes just a few seconds to use and is an effective way to increase efficiency at the reception desk and improve the patient experience. The reception staff will be encouraging patients to use it when they arrive for their booked appointments.
SAVE TIME, DO IT ONLINE - Order your repeat prescriptions online, book and cancel your appointments online. Please ask a member of our Reception team for details about how to register for Online access.
ARE YOU A CARER? If you help a family member, friend or neighbour that has a disability, has a mental illness, has a chronic illness, is frail or has a substance misuse problem with alcohol or drugs, we would like to provide you with relevant information. Please complete one of our "AM I A CARER?" forms at the Reception desk click on the Carers link in our Further Information Index.
ARE YOU A MILITARY VETERAN? The Practice will be working to support and signpost military veterans to advice and support relating to their healthcare. In the meantime, for more about Veterans UK please click HERE
Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.
It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.
Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.
Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating.
Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription. Watch this short video on how you can get the most out of your local pharmacy
NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services for patients based in England only. You can receive treatment for many ailments including:
NHS Walk In Centres treat around 3m patients a year and have proved to be a successful complementary service to traditional GP and A&E services. Some centres offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, they are not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problems.
Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.
Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects almost everyone from time to time. A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel.
Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea may also be a side effect of a medication
NHS Information Symptoms, causes, treatment and information
Macmillan Cancer Support Diarrhoea as a result of cancer treatments
To save them on your computer, right-click on any of the links below and then click 'Save Target As..." . Click on any of the links below to play the audio files:
Burns - Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.
Fits - How to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and young children.
Wounds - Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures.
Unconscious patient who is breathing - How to deal with an unrousable patient who IS breathing (includes recovery position)
CPR for adults - Adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT breathing.
CPR for babies - Babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.
Collapsed patient in detail - Explains the complete scenario including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.
These files have been prepared by Sussex Ambulance Service and comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
British Red Cross - First Aid Tips Simple, straightforward and easy to understand first aid tips
St Johns Ambulance St John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic first aid techniques.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough. Usually it's a self-limiting infection – this means it gets better by itself without the need for treatment.
On average, adults have two to five colds each year and school-age children can have up to eight colds a year. Adults who come into contact with children tend to get more colds. This is because children usually carry more of the virus, for longer.
In the UK, you’re more likely to get a cold during the winter months although the reasons why aren’t fully understood at present.
For most people, a cold will get better on its own within a week of the symptoms starting without any specific treatment. However, there are treatments that can help to ease your symptoms and make you feel more comfortable. These are available from your pharmacy, which means that you can treat yourself, rather than needing to see your GP.
There is no cure for colds. Antibiotics, which treat infections caused by bacteria, don't work on cold viruses.
There are a number of self-help measures that may help to ease the symptoms of a cold.
You should try to make sure you get enough rest if you have a cold. It’s not usually necessary to stay off work or school.
Colds & Flu A factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of colds & the flu
NHS - is it the common cold or the flu? Colds and flu can share some of the same symptoms (sneezing, coughing, sore throat) but are caused by different viruses, and flu can be much more serious. Find out
Factsheet - Common ColdInformation about the diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of the common cold