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DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ALL RESOURCES ARE BEING DIRECTED INTO THE VACCINATION PROGRAMME. PLEASE ONLY CONTACT THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE AN URGENT HEALTH QUERY. ALL ROUTINE QUESTIONS WILL BE RESPONDED TO WHEN CAPACITY ALLOWS. MOST MINOR ILLNESSES CAN BE MANAGED BY SEEING A PHARMACIST, DIALLING 111 FOR ADVICE OR VISITING WWW.NHS.UK.
From 1/1/2022 the dispensary will be closed from 12noon - 2pm Monday - Friday
You can consult a GP using the LIVI app - LIVI is a video GP service that is available through this practice. It lets you see a GP in minutes, even at weekends and is free on the NHS. Download the app https://www.livi.co.uk/download/. You may need to contact us to make sure we have recorded your consent for record sharing.
Flu and Covid booster vaccinations
We are now able to book flu and covid booster vaccinations for eligible patients at Christ's Hospital. We are currently offering 1st, 2nd and booster vaccinations to patients aged over 12yrs old. We will be only be offering the Pfizer vaccination and so if you are unable to have that vaccination you will need to book via the national booking system. If you have a wait before you are eligible for your Covid vaccination or can't have the Pfizer vaccination we can offer you an earlier flu vaccination at the surgery.
If you have difficulty getting to Christ's Hospital, Horsham District Community Transport Service are able to arrange transport to and from the Covid-10 vaccination centre at the Blue Coats gym, Christ's Hospital. You can call them on 01403 754206, Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm to register your request. Once registered, you will be called the day before with an accurate pick up time. If you are able to get to Christ's Hospital but have difficulty getting to the vaccination hall, we can do your vaccination whilst you are in your car if you let one of the co-ordinators know.
Services at Rudgwick Medical Centre
We have experienced a significant increase in demand for our services over the last year. This has been partly to the Covid pandemic and also due to a large increase in general health queries. Despite increasing our staffing levels, we are unable to offer the same response times as we have previously. To ensure we can continue to operate safely and can prioritise and ensure access to healthcare for our most unwell patients, we ask all patients requesting an appointment to submit an e-consult using the above link or call us and give as much information as possible to one of our trained care navigators. This means the clinician will have sufficient information about your problem so they can assess urgency to ensure that the most unwell patients are looked after first, less unwell patients may have to wait slightly longer to be managed. Once your problem has been assessed, we may contact you by telephone call, book a face to face appointment, send you an electronic communication such as text/email, signpost you to other services or information from the clinician may be given to you by one of our staff.
Please be aware that the most appropriate clinician to deal with your problem is not necessarily the GP and may be a paramedic, pharmacist or nurse. You may therefore not always be contacted or given advice by the GP but by one of these clinicians or a care navigator passing on information on their behalf.
Please be assured that we are still seeing patients face to face with the clinicians booking their own appointments. We remain mindful of the risk to our staff and other patients. Finally, we ask that patients treat all staff with courtesy and respect. We are doing our best to help our patients during a difficult time.
Advice for parents with unwell children
Not all children who are unwell need to see the doctor unless they are significantly unwell (eg breathless or wheezy). Please see this link to a video which discusses the sorts of symptoms it would be entirely normal for children to have and there is also advice when you should be more concerned. The video focuses on infants, but the same advice applies to children who are older.
A fever/high temperature in children is very common and usually suggests your child has an infection. A temperature is the body's natural response to fighting infections like coughs and colds. Viral infections are far more common than bacterial infections and get better on their own without needing treatment from a GP or antibiotics. Click on this link for more information.
Click here for more useful information and advice about other childhood illnesses, or go to www.nhs.uk
The NHS app
The NHS App is owned and run by the NHS and is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smart phone, tablet or desktop. You can download and install the NHS App from the App store, Google play or through your browser. For more information click here.
Covid vaccinations - proof of status
Click here for information about proving your vaccination status. You can phone 119 to request certification, or use the NHS app. We are unable to provide official proof of vaccine.
Thank you to the majority of our patients who have shown us support and kindness before and during the pandemic. This video by the Institute of General Practice Management however highlights the abuse practice staff, especially receptionist/care navigators receive on a daily and often hourly basis. Unfortunately our practice is no different and many of the comments in this video have been said to staff here. We appreciate that times are difficult and it can be frustrating not to get the help you want when you want it. Sadly, we cannot always help in the way you are expecting. Our staff are only human and are trying to help you as best as they can and following protocols to ensure those patients who most need help from their GP receive it.
We have a very large number of queries concerning women's health including HRT and contraception. Dr Hall will now be managing these queries on Wednesday afternoons. Due to demand for this service, there will be a delay of a few weeks before she will be able to respond.
Self test chlamydia kits
Self testing chlamydia kits are now available for patients to order on line.
Please click here if you live in West Sussex, and here if you live in Surrey.
We regret that we are unable to accept urine samples after 5pm unless this has been agreed in advance with our staff. Thank you.
We have very limited capacity for undertaking blood tests. Please be aware that this is an additional service we can elect to provide and not a core service and we have to prioritize our more frail and elderly patients who cannot travel elsewhere. You can though easily have your blood test done elsewhere - click here for information. We are unable to do blood tests when these have been requested by the hospital.
Please be aware that GPs are not able to issue antibiotics for dental problems and are not licensed or indemnified to do so unless they have had special training. If you have a dental problem please contact your dentist or contact 111 who can put you in touch with an emergency dentist.
(Site updated 17/01/2022)