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Coronavirus Vaccine latest information - 

Although there has been news that GPs are 'gearing up' to give the new vaccine as far as we have been told there isnt one available as yet & we have no idea when it will be released. As soon as we have been given the information we will start to call eligible patients in. We ask that you DO NOT RING us to try and book, or see if eligible, or when we will be running clinics as we will post here and on facebook as soon as we know any more details.

Breaking News

Dr John Rivett will be leaving us in December this year after 27 years a GP here.  He is retiring (I know doesn't look old enough) and we are hoping to let all his patients know who will be taking over their care very soon.  He will be greatly missed by all here and the wider health community - especially for his lead work in diabetes across Hastings and Rother and the local resource & educational website he helped found for healthcare professions which has yet to be matched in quality by its replacements. 

For Information 

Contrary to some press and internet stories most GP Surgeries have never stopped seeing patients.  From day 1 we continued to see patients in the surgery for assessment, review and treatments if face to face appointment was indicated.  We have transformed the way we work to enable more patients than ever to be helped by rapidly replacing carpets with vinyl to allow more rooms to be opened to face to face appointment.  We offer telephone, video, email consultations and yes we still do home visits.  Front door triage ensures all patients having to attend are a safe and distanced as possible and leave by other doors to the front to avoid crossing paths.  We clean down after EVERY patient.   At no time since the start of this pandemic has anyone been away from surgery duty unless annual leave, or shielding and this is a testament to the dedication of amazing team from Patient Administration dealing with over a thousand calls a week; our Nursing Team working tirelessly seeing their regular patients for dressings, injections, blood tests and urgent patching up;  to Doctors who have had to adapt overnight to using technology to continue to see patients in a different way and using their skills and knowledge to try to best help those in clinical need.  With the measures we have had to put in place we have managed to avoid bringing Covid-19 into the surgery and been able to maintain and expand our services to our patients.   Whilst Covid-19 is still a threat we will continue to telephone triage ALL patient facing appointments,  and on entry to the surgery go through the protocols of temperature, recent travel, cough or loss of sense of taste or smell & ask that you wear a face covering because we already know that most people attending the surgery are already ill or at risk and we will try to do everything to ensure you are protected whilst in our care.

ALL patients attending the Surgery for their pre-booked appointment will be asked to wear a face covering or mask in line with the latest advice.

Clinics & Services


In addition to GP consultations the practice offers a comprehensive range of clinics and healthcare services:




  • bandaged_armThe practice nursing team provide a full range of services including dressings, diet and lifestyle advice, immunisations, ear syringing and performing diagnostic tests (such as ECGs, spirometry and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring).




  • Blood tests are usually taken by our healthcare assistant on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.




  • Contraception advice - Sister Dewar has family planning training and fits diaphragms (“the cap”) and also advises women with gynaecological and continence concerns.




  • Cervical Smears are performed by three of the practice nurses. We operate a recall system and 3-yearly smears are recommended between the ages of 25 and 49, and 5 yearly between 50 and 64.




  • Travel advice & immunisations are provided in clinics run by Sister Berritt. Collect one of our travel clinic forms from our waiting room, or download one from the above tab.




  • Diabetes annual review clinics are organized by Sister Berritt and Dr Rivett on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Sr Berritt also provides advice and education to diabetic patients.




  • Asthma & chronic lung disease testing, advice and education is provided by the surgery. COPD patients will be invited to a review clinic with Sister Berritt. Asthmatic patients are reviewed regularly by their own GP.




  • Coronary heart disease patients, who have been discharged from hospital follow-up, are invited to an annual review clinic run by Dr Clarke.




  • Our anticoagulation clinic  for patients on Warfarin is run by the practice nursing team.




  • Minor surgery procedures are performed by all the GPs. Dr Kasztura runs a Monday afternoon “cryotherapy” clinic for freezing some skin lesions.




  • Antenatal & postnatal care is provided by our midwife who is contactable via the Conquest Community Midwifes Office on 01424 755255. There is a Monday afternoon antenatal/postnatal clinic, held by our midwife Beverley Quinn and the GPs.




  • Childhood immunisations are done in our children’s clinic on Friday afternoons. We send out appointments.




We also provide




  • Blood test monitoring for patient taking certain drugs.




  • New patient health checks offered to all new patients.




  • Over 75’ health checks by request only – we find these of limited usefulness.




  • General NHS health checks can be booked with your GP if you have not been seen by him/her in the last 3 years.




  • Dietary advice to those who are overweight or want help.




  • Fasting cholesterol tests and detailed assessments of cardiovascular risk in people aged 40-70. See your GP.




  • Chaperone - If you would like to have someone with you at your appointment you can either bring someone with you or we can arrange a surgery based chaperone - just let reception know on arrival or when booking.



 
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