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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, sickness 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.

Seasonal Flu Info 2020/21

FLU SEASON 2020

We are about to start our flu vaccinations and this year we will be doing most of our clinics outside – to the right of the surgery – to minimise risk to patients and staff.  Clinics will be by invitation only and as in previous years you MUST bring your letter with you as we will have limited access to computers to check eligibility and may have to refuse to vaccinate those attending without their invitation letter.

We are having to target specific groups –

*Hi Risk of Covid (Shielding and Care Homes) – letters sent & clinics in place

*At Risk 18+ Catch up clinic November 7th

*Under 18 nasal flu – Half term week - invitations done

*Housebounds – Please attend the surgery clinics if at all possible. Our Nurses will be organising home visits but cannot give a day or time as have to be organised geographically and around having to change PPE for each home she attends and will be end October or November time.  The nurse may ring in advance to check eligibility before mapping her routes.

*Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier. 

If you usually have a flu vaccination and do not receive your letter by the end of October then please use the contact us tab on this website to let us know and we can check for you.

Pregnant ladies should have a flu jab and read here for advice and information

Sussex Information for Pregnant Women and the Flu Vaccination
 



 
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