The surgery runs the following clinics, at the following times:
Phlebotomy (blood taking) clinics
Run by Nurse Sarah Peat.
Baby immunisation clinics
Run by Nurse Lucy; patients are invited to attend by the local health authority.
Run by Nurse Lucy and Dr Varuna; patients are invited in for an annual review.
In addition to the above clinics our Nurses Lucy and Alison offer the following services:
Blood pressure monitoring
Removal of stitches/clips
Contraceptive pill checks
Immunisations (childhood, hep B, etc)
COPD (chronic obstructive airways disease) yearly monitoring
Asthma yearly monitoring
Over 75 annual health checks
Diabetic follow up clinics
Wrist Splints - Nurse Lucy only
Run by Lynn our midwife.
(At all other times Lynn can be contacted at Eastbourne District General Hospital on 01323 417400).
NHS Health Check clinics
Run by Nurse Sarah Peat. From July 2014 we will be inviting patients by letter between the ages of 40-74 without an existing diagnosis, to assess their risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidneyy disease and stroke. These clinics are free. Information leaflets are in reception.
Following referral from your GP
Run by Dr Wicks.
Ear Microsuction clinics
Run by Dr Wicks. These clinics are by GP referral.
Health Trainer clinics
Run by Liz. These clinics are accessible by GP referral or self referral. For self referral call 07464496811. Liz is a health trainer who has been trained to have the skills to help patients make a difference to their own health. She offers advice on improving mental well-being, healthy eating and weight watching and encourages patients in becoming more physically active. Kristie can also give advice to stop smoking, sensible drinking and improving your sexual health. These clinics are free to all patients registered at the Practice.
Sarah Barnes offers PRIVATE chiropody appointments on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, as well as home visits by arrangement. Please contact the surgery on 01323 725667 to arrange either an appointment at the surgery or a home visit. Her current fees are: £25 for a surgery appointment and £32 for a home visit.
We also hold drug abuse clinics under the direction of the local Community Drugs Team, anxiety/depression counselling under the direction of the local Community Mental Health Team and run the local SPS (Special Patient Scheme) from our surgery.
The NHS does not pay for some of the services we provide. These include private sick notes, insurance forms, holiday cancellation forms, medical reports, fitness to travel certificates, private prescriptions, passport signing and some vaccination services.
These services are carried out, outside surgery times at the doctors discretion. Please allow up to five to seven working days for these to be carried out. Any forms, passports etc handed over at the reception will be issued with a reciept.
Our fees for these services, which are in line with BMA approved national guidelines, are listed below:
All private medical examinations:
Elderly fitness to drive
LGV and PCV
Seat belt exemption
Holiday cancellation examination and report
Sickness/accident examination and report
Employers full medical and report
Medicals for third parties
Pre-employment examination and report
which will be
Simple certificate of fact
Fitness to travel
Sickness/Accident benefit claim form
BUPA/Provident Association claim form
School fee insurance claim form
Employers report and opinion (no examination)
Civil court report
Copy of patient notes:
Doctors time and computer print outs
to a maximum
35p per sheet
Other non NHS work:
Driving licence photo countersign
Private prescription for travelling abroad
Please make cheques payable to SMC Eastbourne Ltd.
We are unable to accept credit/debit cards.
All non-NHS work is done outside of normal NHS time. This means that the completion of forms, countersigning of passports, etc, may take a minimum of one week.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from the surgery, your employer or on the HMRC website.
If your employer insists on certification for any illness lasting seven days or less, we can issue a private certificate - however there will be a charge of £25.00 for this.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
We are not a travel clinic and can only offer a limited service. If you are going abroad and think that you may require vaccinations you need to firstly fill out a travel questionnaire (see below), Nurses do not carry out telephone consultations regarding holiday vaccinations. You need to submit forms 1 month/4 weeks prior to travelling, failure to do this will result in us not being able to offer this service. The form asks for details such as which countries and areas within countries you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
Having submitted the form, please contact the surgery 3-4 days later when the receptionist will be able to let you know exactly which injections you need and can make you a convenient appointment with the practice nurse.
Ideally holiday vaccinations should be given a minimum of 2 weeks before you travel.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Yellow Fever Vaccination
This surgery is able to offer yellow fever vaccination at a cost of £70 per person.
(Please note: we can only accept cash and cheques made out to SMC Eastbourne Ltd).
Appointments for this are with Dr Lytton.
Travel Health Questionnaire
Please complete and submit this form, then contact the surgery 3-4 days later to arrange an appointment with the practice nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
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