General Practice in Crisis: A Statement from GP Practices in Littlehampton, Rustington and East Preston
As your local GPs and practice teams, we are sadly aware that our patients are finding it increasingly difficult to get the appointments and services that you have come to expect from us.
This is frustrating for us and we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the reasons for the current situation, and assure you that we are all trying very hard to make sure you can get the best possible care.
As you will have heard in national and local headlines, the NHS is under significant pressure; health services are seeing more patients than ever before, people are living with more complex health needs and there are severe financial challenges.
Over recent years the investment in general practice has reduced, whilst at the same time the workload is rising dramatically.
Sadly, young doctors and nurses do not want to work in GP surgeries, and the pressures on existing GPs and the appeal of places like the USA and Australia, mean they don’t want to take over from local doctors across the country when they retire.
Angmering Medical Centre, Arun Medical Group, Fitzalan Medical Centre, The Lawns Surgery and Westcourt Surgery have all been advertising for GPs this year and haven’t been able to recruit.
Despite the pressures, we are still committed to providing you with the best possible service and are working well together to share ideas, staff and premises.
We have also diversified our teams and many of you have already been looked after by our Nurse Practitioners, Paramedic Practitioners, Community Pharmacists and Proactive Care Teams and without them we would be really stuck.
We all want the NHS to continue and we are working hard to make sure this happens. Please work with us and help us – the NHS is there for us all to use responsibly.
Please think about where you can get the most appropriate help; we have lots of great pharmacies across the town and they can provide advice, support and over the counter treatments to help you to look after yourself confidently.
Thank you for taking the time to read this - help us to make sure we are available when you need us most.
Measles Outbreak in Surrey
There is currently an outbreak of measles in Surrey. There are also confirmed measles outbreaks in Liverpool, Leeds and the West Midlands, as well as large outbreaks across Europe with Romania, Italy, Germany and Greece being the worst affected countries.
If you have a rash and don't feel very well, please do not come to the surgery or attend your local A&E. Call us or NHS 111 for advice - that way, if you do have measles, you won't pass it on to anyone else. It can be a fatal disease if someone has a weak immune system and can't fight it off, or if a pregnant woman catches measles, it can harm the baby.
Measles is serious - call ahead and get advice!
Measles Advice (poster)
New Technology in the Surgery!
Online appointment booking now available!!
If you already have an online username and password for repreat prescriptions then you are already registered for online booking. Click here for more information.
Friends and Family Test... We need your feedback!
NHS England are requesting all practices in the UK to ask patients who attend appointments to answer a question (called the Friends & Family Test) regarding the quality of service we provide. If you've had a recent appointment, or telephone consultation, with a doctor or nurse please do fill in the form by clicking here to log in with your username and password used for online booking/prescription.
Talk to us about GP services and urgent care
The local NHS wants to hear from people across Coastal West Sussex.
NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a brand new survey to hear from thousands of local people about the health services you use, and your priorities for how they could be improved.
Take part in the survey now – link to http://dc.miprocloud.net/DCWebEngine/panelsurvey.aspx?qif=cbc4534c-a170-47dc-85fd-a5b236287361
The NHS wants to hear from thousands of people so that your views are at the centre of their plans.
The survey focuses on your priorities for the services you receive at your GP practice and the care you receive when you need NHS help and support urgently.
Asking people across Coastal West Sussex
The survey is available online and in hard copy in places you may visit such as GP surgeries, libraries and community centres.
In addition the CCG is working with a company called Latimer Appleby who is conducting telephone surveys on their behalf.
The CCG wants to reassure you that if you receive a telephone call from Latimer Appleby this is a genuine call seeking your views about local NHS services.
The survey will be continuing through October and November and the feedback will be shared widely.
The CCG wants this to be a real opportunity to hear views from across our area, and so we hope you will welcome the chance to take part.
If you have any problems completing the survey, would like it in a different format or language, or would like to talk to us about this survey please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling on 01903 708537.
Patient Transport Service
Named allocated GP
You are now given a named allocated GP. If you wish to know who this is please contact the surgery.