Oldwood SurgeryTel: 01580 880790
Battle Health CentreTel: 01424 776550
Our nurses deal with a range of conditions and health concerns. They examine patients, make decisions and institute care plans. They are experienced in many areas of disease management such as diabetes, asthma, general coronary heart disease health information and advice. Nurses are available by appointment only.
Our HCA is an important member of the practice team who works under the supervision of the nursing team. She can take blood, check blood pressure, test urine, administer injections, carry out ECGs, hold smoking cessation clinics and assist in the baby clinic. The HCA is available for these services by appointment only.
Special clinics are held on a regular basis with the doctor and the practice nurse. Please ask at reception for an appointment.
Patients with asthma should see one of our asthma nurses at least once a year for a review of their asthma, including medication does and strength, inhaler techniques and peak flow recordings.
A cardiovascular risk assessment is available to all registered patients aged between 40 - 75 years of age, by invitation and appointment. The NHS health check is designed to assess the risk of stroke and heart attack based on current health and various lifestyle factors that may affect future wellbeing (eg. family history, smoking, drinking, diet & exercise). It includes a blood test for cholesterol, a blood pressure check, and other tests (such as ECG, X-ray) that may be deemed appropriate.
Patients who overall risk is found to be 20% or greater may be prescribed medication as well as receiving healthy lifestyle information and invitations for annual reviews. Those who are below 20% risk are reviewed on a 5-yearly basis pending other events in the interim years that may bring about any change.
Our general diabetic clinic is run by our nurses with specialist training in diabetes. This involves an initial blood test taken by our HCA, with a follow-up appointment with one of our nurses two weeks later. The blood test results will then be available, enabling the appropriate treatment to be discussed and implemented. The Insulin Initiation Clinic is a joint doctor and nurse clinic and is by appointment only.
A full family planning and contraception service is available, please ask at reception for an appointment. Dr Rivett provides coil (IUCD) fittings. We are not able to fit Contraceptive implants but these can be arranged by the Sexual Health Clinic at Station Plaza, Hastings.
If you require Emergency Contraception we will see you same day, please inform the receptionist that this is urgent.
Dr Sewell provides a minor surgery clinic every Friday morning in Battle for the removal of lumps and bumps and other procedures. You can be referred to the clinic following a routine appointment with your doctor.
Patients over the age of 75 who have not been seen by a member of the Primary Health Care team within the last three years will be offered an appointment with the practice nurse.
This is run by the nursing team on a one-to-one basis giving advice and support to patients trying to give up smoking. It includes prescribing smoking cesssation medication.
The practice nurses hold regular clinics for both childhood vaccinations and foreign travel. Please inform reception of your requirements and arrange an appointment
Women under 50 will be called every three years for smear tests and over 50 years a five-year recall will be put in place. Appointments for a well woman check can be made at any time. Please ask at reception
We understand that Bereavement may affect people in many different ways and in Hastings there are a number of services that offer help and support to patients dealing with grief. To find out more about these services please visit the websites below:
St Michael's Hospice
Cruse Bereavement Care
Available through patientaccess.com, or even better, as a mobile app for both Android and iOS devices, you can:
Ask at reception for your personal log in details and then click on the link below. If you get your medication from us, please click on the option to 'choose your pharmacy later' to ensure your repeat prescription requests continue to come to us for processing.
To access our online services go to patientaccess.com
To download the app, go to your App Store on your phone or device and search for:
We provide a range of Contraceptive Services including IUCD (coil) fittings in this Surgery.
Coil fittings are done by Dr Rivett & other services are provided by all the GPs.
We are not able to fit Contraceptive implants but these can be arranged by the Sexual Health Clinic at Station Plaza, Hastings.
If you require Emergency Contraception we will see you same day, please inform the receptionist that this is urgent!
The GPs carry out certain services not covered by the NHS, these include medical examinations for insurance companies, fitness medicals, holiday vaccinations and passport applications.
There will be a charge for these services - see our Patient Fees.
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 your employer or on the HMRC website.
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’ 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 GOV.UK website.
If you are planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
Vaccinations are available to protect you against infections such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.
In the UK, the NHS routine immunisation schedule protects you against a number of diseases, but doesn't cover all of the infectious diseases found overseas.
If possible, see the nurse or a private travel clinic at least 8 weeks before you are due to travel. Some vaccines need to be given well in advance to allow your boxy to develop immunity; others involve a number of doses spread over several weeks or months.
The NHS Website provides useful links to websites to help you find out which vaccines are necessary or recommended for the areas you will be visiting.
Contact our reception team to find out whether your existing UK vaccinations are up to date. We will provide you with a copy of your immunisation history from your Medical Record. If you have had any vaccinations from other travel clinics, let us know and we can update your records.
We can provide your travel vaccinations; or you may prefer to visit a private travel clinic or pharmacy offering travel healthcare services which may be able to offer greater flexibility with appointments.
Some travel vaccinations are free on the NHS; others you have to pay for. Full details are available on the NHS Website.
Contact our reception team to find out about appointment availability and then complete the online Travel Health Questionnaire below. Our nurse will review your requirements and contact you with details of the vaccines you need and the cost.
The following pharmacies provide a travel vaccination service:
Laycock Chemist, St Leonards
Asda Instore Pharmacy, Hastings
Lloyds Pharmacy Travel Clinic - various locations, complete your request online
Find a MASTA travel clinic on the MASTA Website - our nearest clinics are in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.
Immunisation is a way of protecting ourselves from serious diseases. There are some diseases that can kill children or cause lasting damage to their health. Immunisations are given to prepare your child’s immune system (its natural defence system) to fight off those diseases when your child comes into contact with them.
It is important that your child has their immunisations at the right age. This will help to keep the risk of your child catching a serious disease as low as possible. The risk of side effects from some vaccines may increase if you put them off.
The NHS Website gives full details of the immunisations your child should have and when - visit here.
Baby and pre-school immunisations are given at your GP practice. The nurse will explain the immunisation process to you, and answer any questions you have. The vaccine is injected into the muscle of the thigh.
School age immunisations are given by the school nursing team at school. You can contact the school nursing team directly via their website here.
There are very few reasons why children cannot be immunised. The vaccines should not be given to children who have had:
If your child's immune system is ‘suppressed’ (because they are having treatment for a serious condition such as a transplant or cancer), then your child may not be able to have some vaccines. Your doctor or practice nurse should get advice from a specialist.
There are no other medical reasons why these vaccines should definitely not be given.
There may be redness, soreness or tenderness where the injection is given and a few babies may develop a mild fever. Make sure you keep your child cool by:
Flu vaccines are available in the winter months from September onwards.
The following patients are eligible for the flu vaccination:
We hold special flu clinics - contact our Reception Team to book and find out more.
For more information about the flu vaccination and eligibility visit NHS Choices website.
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