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We are now booking seasonal flu vaccinations for our patients.  Please ring the surgery today and reserve your vaccination, there are a variety of dates and times available.  By booking your vaccination at Seaside Medical Centre you will be ensuring this valuable service continues. 

This year there will be three types of flu vaccine to the flu programme, they have all been specifically tailored to each age group. 

For patients 65 years and over the vaccine that is recommended is the Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV), this is likely to give better protection against flu for this age group. 

For patients 65 years and under the vaccine that is recommended is the Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV), this is only given to patients that are at increased risk from flu because of a long term health condition or because they need protection due to pregnancy. 

For children of the ages 2 and 3 the Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is going to be given.  This is a nasal spray and will be given at the surgery.  All school aged children in reception class to Year 5 will be carried out at school.


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Seaside Medical Centre is lucky to have an active Patient Participation Group that meets at the Surgery every 4 months to discuss the business at Seaside Medical Centre. We are seeking new members for the Patient Participation Group, young people, workers, retirees, anyone with a few hours to spare.  With the Patient Groups input we endeavour to improve the service and quality of care the Seaside Medical Centre provides their patients.  If you would be interested in joining the group or would like more information regarding joining the group then please contact Claire Matthews at the Surgery.  Of course we would still encourage anyone that would like to sign up to be a virtual group member to complete the form.


Evening and weekend GP appointments are now available.  Seaside Medical Centre now has access to an Extended Access Service.  This service is for patients that need more flexibility to see a GP in the evening or at the weekend.  Appointments can be booked as normal through Seaside Medical Centre, although you may be seen at a different surgery and not by your own GP.  When booking with this service you will be asked by the receptionist if you consent to the GP having access to your full medical records.  Unfortunately if you do not consent to this, the service would not be available to you. We hope our patients will find this additional service beneficial to them as we appreciate it may not always be convenient to access a GP during the day when they may be working.


ColdAlert is a cold weather community messaging service for Sussex that warns carers, frontline staff and vulnerable people about cold weather events before they happen.  Through text messages, voice messages (to home phones) or email, the alerts remind registered users to take extra care to ensure homes are heated to at least 18c, and to stock up on supplies of medicine and food to last through the period of cold weather. 

The cold weather alerting period begins on 01 November 2018.  Anyone can register for the coldalert service by visiting or calling 01273 484337.


East Sussex Public Health has recently re-commissioned a key service which aims to protect individuals and communities in East Sussex from the effects of living in a cold home. 

From 6th November 2018 the renamed Warm Home Check service will be delivered by RetrofitWorks and Citizens Advice East Sussex. RetrofitWorks is a cooperative that will be developing its membership to include an increasing number of vetted locally based installers of heating and insulation measures. 

The service will now offer anyone struggling to keep warm at home tailored advice and help to access support.  It will also continue to offer a home visit for eligible vulnerable people on a low income, including:

  • advice on getting help with the cost of home heating
  • a home assessment and how best to keep it warm
  • small preventative works (such as improving insulation or repairing boilers)
  • installation of replacement boilers, central heating systems or home insulation (subject to eligibility and limited availability)
  • emergency temporary heating

Warm Home Check Service:  Phone 03444 111 444 or Text WARM to 81400. 


Seaside Medical Centre now has a body scanner for patients to take control of their health.  The body scanner takes your weight, height, gives you your body mass index and also your blood pressure.  Its very easy to use and provides you with a printout of your results.  These printouts can be handed to the reception team to record on your medical notes if your doctor has asked for you to keep track of your blood pressure and weight.  The body scanner can be found on the ground floor in the reception foyer. To get a more accurate reading it is important to follow the instructions which includes sitting for 10 minutes before using the machine.  If you require assistance using this machine then please ask at the reception desk where someone will be happy to help you.   


If you have every been worried about visiting your local GP Practice, knowing other patients have had a good experience can help to set your mind at ease.  Thanks to data gathered in the GP Patient Survey you can check how your GP surgery ranks in your area.  Twice a year more than a million adults who are registered with a GP in England are sent this survey. Ratings are based on experience of access, making appointments, quality of care, patient health and experience of NHS services when a patient's GP practice was closed.  Patients are also asked how likely they are to recommend their practice to others.  As headlined in the Eastbourne Herald, Seaside Medical Centre has come out top in this survey with an astounding 92.2% of patients that would recommend the surgery and the care they receive.  This information is available on the NHS Choices website. You can read this report also by visiting  Or you can view your local surgery rankings by entering the location, town or postcode and filtering the list based on NHS Users Ratings, visit


If you notice blood in your pee, even if its 'just the once' tell the doctor.  It could be an early sign of bladder or kidney cancer.  Finding it early makes it more treatable, so tell your doctor straight away. BE CLEAR ON CANCER.


You can now view your coded GP medical record. If you would like to have secure online access to your records, we need to make sure you understand what this involves.

All applications for medical record access must be authorised by a GP or other designated member of the practice team before this is enabled for a registered online user.  A GP may wish to review the record and discuss the content with the patient prior to authorising access.  Record access will not be enabled for any individual registered with the practice for less than three months except by approval of a GP partner.  All patients wishing to see their coded medical records should come into reception and complete the relevant form.  We would require photo ID as part of this application.  By signing this form you will be giving us permission to proceed with setting up this service for you.  If you decide not to join, or wish to withdraw, it will not affect your treatment in any way.  Access will be withdrawn to patients that do not use the system in a responsible manner and it is the patient's responsibility to keep their username and passwords secure.  Please remember that this process will take 21 days from submitting the relevant form. 


The NHS wants to make sure you and your family have the best care.  Your health and adult social care information supports your individual care.  It also helps the NHS with research and planning to improve health and care services in England.  Unless you have chosen to opt out, your confidential patient information can be used for research and planning. 

The significance of this change is that patients cannot opt out via their GP practice anymore.  Patients wishing to opt out must contact the NHS centrally.  To manage your choice go to or ring the helpline on 0300 3035678.

This online service allows you to make or change your decision at any time.  You can also download a form to manage a choice on behalf of another individual by proxy.  For example, if you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13.


Seaside Medical Centre will now be offering clinics on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm-8.00pm. You can book an appointment with an Advanced Practitioner and a GP on the day should you require a routine appointment.



Data submitted by 56 GPs for over 5,000 consultations demonstrated 15% of the appointments were judged to have been appropriate for another practitioner, self management/pharmacy and another organisation in the practice.  So it has been proven that the GP isn't always the best person for a patient to see.  Patients could be seen and treated quicker by a nurse, paramedic, advanced nurse practitioner or physiotherapist for example.

NHS England are working with practices to help develop their admin and reception staff to improve efficiency and make sure practices access the right care for them.  Reception staff are given training and access to a directory of information about services, in order to help them direct patients to the most appropriate source of help or advice.  This may well be a service within the practice but also could be out in the community.

Patients may find the line of questions that the receptionists and admin staff may ask to be intrusive but staff at Seaside Medical Centre have been given specialist training as care navigators and possess additional skills to provide a crucial practice role in improving access to primary care.  Care navigation has been introduced to ensure patients have the best care that is available to them.

Evidence shows navigation services can enhance patient and carer experience, reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and promote living at home.  So we do ask our patients to remember when the reception team ask you what you are looking to get from your appointment, they are trying to help you access the best treatment that could potentially be available to you!


Guy Emery our paramedic has been working at Seaside Medical Centre on a Monday and a Friday carrying out home visits since July.  We are now happy to say to that Guy will be increasing his days with us and working on a Tuesday from December.  Guy comes with a wealth of skill and has over 30 years experience with the ambulance service; this will greatly strengthen the medical service we offer at Seaside Medical Centre. 


Social Prescribing to improve mental health and wellbeing.  Community Connectors can offer support to help you find practical solutions to everyday issues and refer you to specialist agencies for:  Health/Well-being, Social Networks, Education/Training, Leisure Activities, Finance/Debt, Housing, Employment and Volunteering.

If you think they could help, come and speak to your Community Navigator at Seaside Medical Centre.  Your GP can refer you, you can refer yourself.


Seaside Medical Centre can now offer patients a full contraception service on an appointment basis.  Medication, coils, injections and implants are now available.  Please ask our receptionists for further information. 


Did you know that everyone can access free, impartial and confidential benefits and debt advice?  Every year over £13 billion of benefits go unclaimed by people who are entitled to them.  Last year the Benefits & Debt Advice Project supported over 10,000 people with benefits and debt advice and helped them claim over £8 million in benefits that they were entitled to but had not been receiving.

Your local NHS fund the project to help people with any benefit issues, concerns or questions they may have.  Our service is open to everyone.  We help people whose personal circumstances have recently changed, who have recently suffered an illness or disability, or who have a partner who requires looking after.  All these situations and more can mean a person's entitlement to benefits can change.  We also help a lot of people who have previously had a benefit application turned down.

The project supports a lot of people who have issues with their ill-health or disability benefits.  Sometime it isn't always necessary to make an appointment with your GP about your benefit claim and we help many people to complete an accurate and successful benefit application.

You can call us on 0333 344 0681 (03 calls cost no more than national rate calls to 01 or 02 numbers and count towards inclusive minutes) or email us at  You can also come and speak to one of our expert advisers here at Seaside Medical Centre every other Friday between 10am and 1pm.  Ask at Reception or call us for more details.



Seaside Medical Centre was funded to undertake a project regarding 'Male Health' by the Queens Nursing Institute.  Our project has been underway since March 2017 led by Jane Strong our Advanced Nursing Practitioner.  Health Screening took place throughout the year in 30 minute clinics.  In these clinics there were 44 new health problems identified in 40 men and all of the patients are now involved in healthcare activities which will promote health and wellbeing and/or reduce disease progression.  Interestingly 2 men who at first did not respond to our invite to attend the clinic have since been seen in the surgery and required fast track cancer referrals.

Based on its success we were shortlisted by the Burdett Trust for the Nursing Fund for Innovations and Leadership Award.  For being shortlisted we have been awarded £2,500 to spend on patient education and staff professional development.

As a shortlisted entrant we were invited to present our project to the judges over a two day judging process at the British Library in March.  The Burdett Nursing Awards were held at a dinner at the Waldorf Hotel in London.  The evening was hosted by the 'Call the Midwife' actress Helen George and attended by over 250 guests including ourselves as a shortlisted team.  The evening can only be described as truly inspirational.  All the teams that were invited to the evening delivered amazing projects that made a real difference and created a real momentum for change.  We were overwhelmed to have been placed 2nd in our category.

Leading on from success of the project which has been led by Jane, we endeavour to continue with what has proven to be vital health screening in Men.  We would hope to take our initiative forward to encourage men to attend for vital health screening not only in our practice but other practices also.  This project urges partners, wives, girlfriends to persist in encouraging their loved ones to attend a men's health clinic.


Domestic Abuse can affect any woman, whatever the background. Are you a survivor of domestic abuse and are interested in attending a course to help you understand your experience and recognise the early warning signs of abusive relationships?  Home-Start East Sussex can support you to build a future free of abuse for you and any children you may have.  Any woman living with domestic abuse and would like to move forward with their lives can join this friendly 11 week course. The next course will run once a week (excluding half term) on Monday mornings in Eastbourne.  Beginning Monday April 16th 2018.  Refer to their website or call Sarah on 07505 426118 to discuss in confidence.  


Shirley Colvin has now joined Jane Strong at Seaside Medical Centre as our Advanced Care Practitioner. Shirley and Jane's role is an exciting advancement for the Practice in that they will be able to treat certain medical conditions without the direct supervision of a doctor. An Advanced Care Practitioner is licensed to diagnose diseases and conditions and prescribe medications as well as manage patient treatments.  With Shirley joining Jane and the team we hope patients will have better access to medical treatment when it is required.


We are often asked what you need to do if you think you are pregnant.  The GP no longer tests for pregnancy, the patient needs to buy a pregnancy test from a chemist to determine if they are pregnant.  If you find that you are in fact pregnant you do not need to see the GP to be referred to the Midwife, you can now self refer.  This will enable you to get a faster appointment to see your midwife who can give advice and who will be able to book you in for your first dating scan. 

To make contact with the midwife please visit the website  Just fill in your details and click submit.  Your Community Midwife will be in contact with you to book your first appointment.


Making better choices today could have a huge influence on our health, whether it be reducing our risk of stroke, frailty in later life, cancer, heart disease or type 2 diabetes.  Modern life isn't easy, tempting treats on offer, the comfort of a car when its cold to get to work, technology that allows us to shop at home. 

One You is here to help you get back to a healthier you.  One You, gives you support to make simple changes, provides you with the tools and encouragement to see the changes through.  One You covers a variety, smoking, drinking, eating, moving, sleep, stress, sexual health, weight-loss and diabetes. 

If you would like to take the steps and change, speak to your doctor or ask for details at the reception. 


For new patients joining the Practice from 25th May 2018

Due to the General Data Protection Regulations that were introduced on May 25th 2018 we require your consent to contact you with information that isn't directly related to your own medical care.  This could be for example changes in practice services, opening hours, invites to attend flu clinics and health promotional talks and information.  If you would be happy to consent to this service then please see the team at reception who will be able to provide you with a form to complete.


Did you know, medicines that are unused and thrown away cost the NHS £300 million of tax payer's money every year?  Everyone has a part to play to reduce the waste of medicines, how can you help?  If everyone makes small changes then together we can make a massive difference to reducing medicines waste and looking after OUR NHS. 

How can you play your part?

  • Did you know medicines cannot be re-used once they have left the pharmacy?
  • Check your prescription bag and return any unwanted medicines back to the pharmacist whist you are still inside the pharmacy.
  • Having regular discussions with your pharmacist and GP will mean you get the right help with taking your medicines.
  • If your community pharmacy orders your prescription on your behalf, make sure that they know what medicines your require each month.
  • Speak to your pharmacist about booking a medicines use review, to discuss getting the most from your prescription medicines.
  • You do not need to make an appointment to see the pharmacist, just pop in and they will help you and answer your questions.
  • Speak to your GP practice if your repeat prescription needs updating.  Never order medicines that you no longer require.
  • Check what medicines you have already at home before you re-order more.
  • Did you know that if you don't order a medicine, it will still appear on your repeat prescription next time?
  • Remember, don't request more medicines unless you have less than two weeks' supply in your medicine cupboard.

Just think by saving on wasted medicines, the money could be spent on hip and knee replacements, better drug treatment for cancer and alzheimers, recruitment of more community nurses, more scanning equipment, the list is endless.


Unfortunately to the increasing workload of the doctors and the change in computer systems it has been necessary to increase the processing time of prescription requests.  Please allow 3 FULL WORKING DAYS (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays) for repeat prescriptios, with additional time if it then has to be sent to a chemist.   If you are in need of a prescription before this time then you will need to make an appointment to see your doctor or advanced nurse practitioner.  Prescription requests can not be taken over the telephone by the receptionists or the doctors. 


HIV testing saves lives.  Eastbourne Borough has a higher rate of residents who have HIV compared to other areas of East Sussex.  Due to this we now routinely offer an HIV self-test as part of every new registration as recommended by Public Health England. 


Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn't manage without your help?

If you provide unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems, you ARE A CARER?  You might feel that you're doing what anyone else would do in your situation; looking after your mum, son or best friend and just getting on with it.  Did you know that carers are eligible for a free flu vaccine?  Book with Seaside Medical Centre today and let us know that you are a carer.  


Seaside Medical Centre has been given a stamp of approval by inspectors after a visit from the Care Quality Commission in February.  The Practice was found to be good for being caring, effective, safe, well led and responsive.  The CQC team found an open and transparent approach to safety and an effective system in place for reporting and recording significant events.  Risks to patients were assessed and well managed and staff had the skills, knowledge and experience to provide effective care and treatment.  Patients said they were treated with compassion, dignity and respect and were involved in their care and decisions about their treatment. 


Are you up to date with your smear test?  Book now, its only 5 minutes that could save your life.  


From April 1st patients will have the choice to access their medical records using the internet as well as book appointments and request repeat prescriptions. The information available will be: your medications, allergies and known adverse reactions.  Being able to see your record on-line might help you manage your medical conditions.  If you would like access to your medical record please fill out a request form at the reception desk and provide photo ID, the reception team will process your application.


A new innovative website and mobile phone app to help people in East Sussex to understand where they should go for treatment, not sure what to do or who to be contacted has been launched.  The HEALTH HELP NOW web app can be found online at 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.


Macmillan provide face to face and confidential cancer information and support anyone with concerns about cancer.  The support service has four mobile units and an indoor Infozone that goes to shopping centres and hospital.  To check when a mobile information service is in your area go to


Care for the Carers will be holding a drop-in clinic every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9am until 12 noon with support worker Mark Tolhurst at Seaside Medical Centre.  Mark will be available for help and advice.
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We would like to tell our patients about a service available to carers and relatives of someone with dementia.  Admiral Nurses can provide diagnosis support, discuss support, and offer coping strategies. The service is run by BUPA and they believe that the home environment is just as important as one that is provided within a care home setting.  It also helps families stay together.  the service is free.  If you need further help and advice then contact, Admiral Nurses on Telephone 01323 886867 or Email


NHS Choices ( is the UK's biggest health website.  Along with articles and reports, the site offers hundreds of videos, interactive tools and listings that allow you to compare services, such as hospitals, GPs, care homes or dentists.  You can also rate and comment on any service.  You can rate Seaside Medical Centre by searching for Seaside Medical Centre (Eastbourne) and we welcome your feedback. 


This service enables you to book and cancel appointments with our practice using the internet.  You will need to register with the practice for this service, and once registered you will be given information that will enable you to create your username and password. When your account has been created and activated you will be able to book appointments with available doctors, view existing appointments and cancel appointments if required. If you are wanting to register then please visit the surgery and the receptionists will be happy to help you.


You can now ring the surgery between 8.00am and 9.00am Monday to Friday to speak with a doctor should you feel you may not need a face to face appointment. If the doctor is speaking to another patient the doctor will return your call within the hour. Call 725667 from 8am for a phone consultation.

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