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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 Kate 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 the community midwife.
(At all other times the midwife can be contacted at Eastbourne District General Hospital on 01323 417400).
NHS Health Check clinics
Run by Nurse Sarah Peat. 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.
Solar Keratosis clinics
Run by Dr Wicks.
Ear Microsuction clinics
Run by Dr Wicks. These clinics are by GP referral.
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.
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 SAS (Special Allocation 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, we will contact you when it has been assessed by the nurses.
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
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)
To provide the highest standard of medical care to our patients; to seek continuous improvement in the health of our practice population; to deliver healthcare in an accessible, flexible and innovative way meeting our patients needs, and to reflect advances in Primary Healthcare and changing political and economic circumstances. To provide our team with a supportive and rewarding place to work.
This practice plans to offer the facility for patients to view online, export or print detailed coded information held in their own records from 1st April 2016 subject to the necessary NHS GP systems and software being available to the practice.
The current online patient services are supplied by:
GP System Supplier - INPS
GP System Version - Vision
This practice currently offers the following facility for patients:
We have publicized and promoted our online services to our patients through the practice website, newsletters, posters and patient booklet.
We are now working towards expanding patient online access to records to include information on diagnosis, consultation history, procedures and test results with effect from 1st April 2016.
We will be doing this in the following stages to ensure the necessary processes are in place, to safeguard patient confidentiality, resolve any technical issues and promote effective use of the enhanced records access:
If you would like to register for Patient Services, you will need to come into the surgery with proof of photo ID and complete a registration form.
For more information about how to register for these services, please click here.
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