Keep warm and well this winter
Living in a cold home can harm your health and can make a range of health conditions worse, such as breathing and heart problems, and asthma in children. It can also impact on your mental wellbeing. East Sussex County Council's 'Keep Warm and Well' service offer top tips for winter and free warm home checks. Visit https://warmeastsussex.org.uk/ to find out more.
Know the symptoms of SEPSIS
Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. If you or your child has any of these symptoms you should take immediate action:
- Looks mottled, blueish or pale
- Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
- Feels abnormally cold to touch
- Is breathing very fast
- Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- Has a fit or convulsion
Acting quickly could save a life. If you or your child has any of these symptoms, don't be afraid to go straight to A&E or call 999. For more information visit nhs.uk/sepsis or sepsistrust.org.
We are undefeatable health campaign
When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you. For the first time ever, may of the UK's leading charities are coming together to inspire and support people with long term health conditions to be active. Visit https://weareundefeatable.co.uk/ to find out more.
Every Mind Matters
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ to find out more.
East Sussex Health Walks
Free, friendly, regular walk groups led by community volunteers that are not too long and not too difficult. They are mostly for about an hour and they avoid tricky routes, stiles or too much mud. Battle Health Walk runs every Friday at 10am from the Abbey Green. Just turn up on the day. For more information, visit https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/east-sussex-health-walks. Do you live in Robertsbridge? Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) are looking to set up a walk on Tuesdays. They are looking for volunteers to lead the walks who will receive training from East Sussex County Council's Health Walks Coordinator. Interested? Contact the PPG by email on email@example.com or call our Reception Team and leave your details and they will call you back.
Getting your medicines if there's a 'no-deal' Brexit
The government is working closely with the NHS and suppliers to help to ensure medicines and medical products continue to be available for patients if there is a 'no deal' Brexit. Find out more.
Be Tick Aware
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks. It's usually easier to treat if it's diagnosed early. Symptoms are a circular red rash around a tick bite. Find out more.
In response to feedback from patients, we are working to free up more car parking spaces at Battle Health Centre so you have space to park when you visit for your appointment. We have written to local residents and businesses and are introducing staff parking permits to discourage commuters from parking in our spaces all day. Health Centre spaces are marked with 'HC' and are shown in pink and blue on the attached map. In Robertsbridge we are looking for spaces off site for staff to park. If you have any recommendations, please let us know.
Free Wifi in our waiting areas
Free Wifi is now available in the waiting room at Oldwood Surgery and Battle Health Centre. Simply select 'NHS WiFi' in your phone settings. We would be grateful if you would keep the sound switched off so as not to disturb other patients that may be waiting.
GP Patient Survey & Friends and Family
The results of our independent GP Patient Survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England have been published. We are delighted with the results and would like to thank all patients that responded. We also continue to receive good feedback from our Friends and Family Survey. The full results are available on the 'survey report' tab on the right.
Change to recall system for annual review appointments
We now call patients in for their annual review during the month of their Birthday. We feel this will not only help our staff but also patients will be able to remember when their annual review is due. This applies to patients with the following long term conditions:
Asthma, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Stroke, Chronic Airways Disease (COPD).
The Practice will only now send one invite letter. Patients are asked to contact the Surgery to arrange their own suitable appointment date and time.
TELEPHONES - our calls show as withheld
Please be aware that our telephone number is 'withheld' as NHS policy and if you are expecting a telephone consultation with one of our GP's the number will not be shown.
Check your own blood pressure using our self-service BP machine
It is important to be aware of your blood pressure because the higher your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of potential health problems in the future.
You can now check your own blood pressure at Battle Health Centre using our new blood pressure machine which can be found in reception along with a step by step guide on how to do this.