Extended Hours Opening - evening clinics and Saturday mornings
From 1st June 2018 the Buxted Medical Centre will be offering evening and Saturday clinics for pre-bookable appointments.
We will be working alongside Mid Downs Medical Practice in order to provide evening clinics each weekday and a weekly Saturday morning clinic. Between the two practices we will have an evening clinic each weekday from 6.30pm - 8pm. There will also be a Saturday clinic each week from 9-12pm
The Buxted Medical Centre will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and every other Saturday morning.
Our patients will also be able to access the clinics held by the Mid Downs Medical Practice on Monday and Wednesday evenings and every other Saturday, although we would encourage patients to book in with their own GP if needing a consultation regarding an on-going problem.
These clinics are for appointments which have been pre-booked and are not for walk-in emergency appointments - patients should continue to contact NHS 111 if htey have an urgent medical need after 6.00pm. The practice will not be open during these times for telephone or walk-in queries. The practice is open from 8am - 6pm Monday - Friday for assistance with all routine queries.
We know that many of you are keen to self manage where possible but aren't always sure where best to get your information from. So, we would like to develop a self care strategy for our practice. Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) already displays information in the reception area at Buxted on selected topics.
We might include a self care area on this website which you can access to get info and also find links to useful websites and leaflets to help you when appropriate, rather than seeking an appointment.
We would also like to know of any other ways you might want information about health and long term conditions, that we do not already offer, such as via YouTube or educational talks. The link below gives access to very useful information on common complaints eg sore throat, strains and sprains and the common cold
Patients are invited to read our newsletter which also gives information on our Awareness Displays over the winter months.
Winter Newsletter 2018
You may find these links useful for the current display which is all about Health Living
https://oneyoueastsussex.org.uk/ https://www.nhs.uk/change4life https://www.nutrition.org.uk/ https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january
Help and advice from our Pharmacy Manager
Nick Humby joined the team earlier this year as our Pharmacy Manager. He will work every weekday except Wednesday when our Superintendent Pharmacist Bridget will be here. Nick has a wealth of experience and can give lots of help and advice on minor ailments and medication.
Appointment reminders by phone proving a big success
Fewer appointments are being lost following the introduction of our new SMS text messaging service linked to the appointment system. Patients are being reminded to keep their appointment or are contacting us to change those that are no longer convenient. This means a more efficient system with fewer missed appointments and better availability for those trying to get an appointment.