The Health Help Now web app can be found online at healthhelpnow-nhs.net and is free to everyone who lives and works in East Sussex. It functions like a mobile phone app and helps people check their symptoms and find the best place for treatment – showing which services near them are open. It will help people to know when to go to A&E, and when not to.
It breaks down symptoms by age – baby, child, teenager, adult and older adult. This is to make it easier for people to find the right treatment for them.
Health Help Now has been developed with input from local GPs, hospital doctors, paramedics and other health professionals. It is thought to be the most detailed and sophisticated local NHS web app in the country.
'Not QUITE an emergency' social media campaign featuring Dom Joly
The NHS across Sussex has just launched a new campaign with comedian Dom Joly to raise awareness of when to use the 24-hour NHS111 helpline this winter.
Dom has used his trademark 'Trigger Happy TV' style of comedy and an undercover film crew to prank the public in village, town and city centre locations across the Sussex to create a 'Not QUITE an emergency' campaign film for the NHS. To watch the video please use the link below:
Care Quality Commission 'CQC' rating 'GOOD' in all areas
We have recently received our report following our inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in February 2015. Please see a full copy of the report under 'Further Information'. We are really pleased and proud to have achieved a 'Good' rating in all areas inspected by the CQC. The inspection is very thorough and all of the staff and clinicians at the practice work hard to adhere to best practice guidelines, policies and procedures. Thank you for all the positive comments and feedback we received from our patients during this process.
Mary Gent, Practice Nurse - Retired. After more than twenty years as our Practice Nurse, Mary Gent is now enjoying her well deserved retirement. We are pleased to welcome Jane Vick as our new practice nurse.
Friends of Newick Health Centre - Public defibrillator available at Newick Health Centre
Mr Peter Todd - Secretary of the Friends of Newick Health Centre - has arranged for several defibrillators to be available in Newick. There is now a public defibrillator stored near the front doors of Newick Health Centre which anybody can access in case of emergencies - whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive. Our thanks go to the Friends of Newick Health Centre for their generous contribution to the safety and welfare of the villagers.
Local Alzheimers Patient Support Group:
One of the practice patients - Mr David Kirby - is forming a small group in Newick for carers of patients with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia. He is hoping to arrange monthly meetings and will invite along experts to talk about finance, Powers of Attorney and various other subjects. If you are a carer and feel you would benefit from attending this support group, please contact David Kirby on 01825 723449 for further information.
Free NHS Health Checks
The NHS Health Check programme is for adults in England aged between 40 and 74.
If you're invited for an NHS Health Check you'll be offered a series of routine tests that
will help identify your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and type
2 diabetes. You'll then be given advice on what action you can take to lower your risk
and improve your chances of a healthier life. For example, making changes to your diet
or becoming more active. We will be inviting eligible patients over the next few
months but if you are interested in attending for a check please speak to the reception
team to book an appointment.
Dr S McGuire is now on Maternity Leave until next summer. Her patients will be looked after by Dr Amy Nunn who will be providing maternity locum cover for this period. We wish Dr McGuire and family all the very best with their new arrival.
**Now booking flu appointments**
If you are eligible for a flu vaccine, please contact the surgery to make an appointment at one of our flu clinics.
Re: Extended Hours access from 30th June 2014: Having assessed preferences expressed by patients we are altering our extended hours access to include weekday evening GP telephone consultations which will be available to pre-book along with Saturday morning appointments.
Patient Access - we are reviewing the appointments we offer outside of our core hours and would be grateful if you would kindly complete the Patient Access survey to indicate what your preferences would be.
Thank you to everybody who completed our patient survey - your feedback is important to us. Please see 'Further information' section for a report of the results and subsequent report.
Important Information - please read:
Care.Data - extraction of your medical information. For further advice regarding the use of your medical data please use the link in the Further Information section. You need to inform us if you wish to opt out of your data being shared.
January 2014: Text messaging service. We are now able to text you a reminder about your appointments. If you do not wish to receive these reminders please contact us to let us know.
Online appointment booking and repeat prescription requests . You can now make or cancel an appointments online. Please ask to register for this service at the practice or via the website https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/
You will need to visit the surgery and provide ID before your access can be activated. You will also be able to order your repeat medication online too.
We would like to welcome Dr Sarah McGuire to the practice. Dr McGuire is an experienced GP with a special interest in ENT. She will also conduct minor surgery clinics and can offer full family planning advice. Dr McGuire replaces Dr Jo Lawrence who has emigrated from the UK to Australia. Dr McGuire will care for patients who were previously registered with Dr Lawrence.
Summary Care Record - your Summary Care Record will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have.
Healthcare staff who can see your Summary Care Record:
• need to be directly involved in caring for you;
• need to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode (like a bank card and PIN);
• will only see the information they need to do their job; and
• will have their details recorded.
Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you, for example if you are unconscious or in certain circumstances such as a court order, healthcare staff may look at your record without asking you. If they have to do this, they will make a note on your record.
Note - this is different to Care.Data
For further information including how to opt out of the Summary Care Record click on 'Summary Care Record' in our further information section or visit website:
Dec'13 **Flu vaccines** are still available for booking. Please ring the surgery to book an appointment if you are over 65yrs old or have a chronic disease such as Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, Heart Disease or have had a stroke. In addition you should have a flu vaccine if you are pregnant, immunosuppressed or if you are a carer. Please ring the surgery for further advice if necessary.
New: Child Flu vaccination for all two and three year olds - please ring the surgery to book an appointment if you would like your two or three year old child to have a nasal spray flu vaccine this year.
Dr J V Elliot has now retired and Dr Edward Sheppard has taken over the care of his patients.
Out of Hours - 6.30pm - 8.30am: If you need urgent medical attention please ring 01825 722272 and your call will pass onto the out-of-hours service for their advice.
Alternatively ring the out-of-hours service directly by ringing:
111 between 6.30pm to 8am Monday to Friday, weekends and Bank Holidays,
01845 145 012 between 8am and 8.30am Monday to Friday
and you will speak to the out-of-hours service directly. They can arrange for you to be seen by a doctor if necessary.
NEW WHOOPING COUGH VACCINATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN...
Starting Monday 2nd October we will be offering a Whooping Cough vaccination for pregnant women who are between 28 and 38 weeks. Please contact the surgery or speak to your midwife for further details.
Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more
Do you need to re-order your medication? Visit our prescriptions page and complete the online form. Find out more
Like To Register?
New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more
(Site updated 01/06/2016)