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COVID-19

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly

  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces

  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart (or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions)

If you are feeling unwell or are concerned about contracting the coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest government advice and guidance.

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Flu Season

This years flu vaccination programme is now well underway.  The flu vaccine is given to people who:

  • are 65 and over (including those who'll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in a long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus
  • frontline health or social care workers

If you fall into any of these groups and have not yet had your flu vaccine, please contact the surgery to make an appointment.

The cohort for this year’s flu vaccination programme has also been expanded to include shielded patients and their households, as well as patients between 50 and 64.  If you fall into either of these groups and have a health condition that means you're more at risk from flu, please contact the surgery as soon as possible to make an appointment.

If you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical 'at risk' group, you may not be offered a flu vaccination until November.  This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.

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East Hoathly Surgery

We are pleased to announce that East Hoathly Surgery is now re-open. Opening times are the same as pre-Covid.

Please remember to wear a face covering when entering the surgery.

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Welcome

To Dr Saif Ali, who joined the practice as a salaried GP in September 2020, and Karen Dickson, our new Speciality Trainee Level 1 Registrar, who has joined us for 4 months.  Also, welcome back to Dr Ashby, who has been away from the surgery for a short time.

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Autumn Newsletter

Patients are invited to read our newsletter which provides a useful update both on practice information and health related topics.  Our current health awareness topic focuses on flu season.  Please look under the 'Have your say' Patient Group section of this website for further information.

Autumn Newsletter 2020

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Kickstart your health

Your health matters.  There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.  Better Health has a range of tools and support to help - find what works for you.  Let's do this!

https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/ 

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Mandatory Face Coverings - UPDATE 24/07/20

From Friday 24 July it will be mandatory to wear face masks when in shops, however, there are some exemptions to this rule.  Further information can be found at the below web address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#when-you-do-not-need-to-wear-a-face-covering.

The surgery will not be able to provide letters for patients regarding their own face mask use, including giving guidance on whether it is or is not appropriate to wear one.

Please note that it is already a requirement to wear a face mask when visiting the surgery and NHS setting.

We continue to assess the temperature of all visitors and staff when arriving at the surgery.  Online appointment bookings remain switched off and we continue to triage all appointments over the telephone in the first instance.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Self-Help

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.

http://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/

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Help & Advice from our Pharmacy Manager

Nick Humby is our  Pharmacy Manager. He works 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.

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