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HEATWAVE ALERT

Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients. To find out more about how to cope in hot weather please go here for the latest advice from NHS England.  More details about the weather alert is available on the MET Office website here


PRESCRIPTIONS NO LONGER ROUTINELY PRESCRIBED

The NHS spends approx. £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which could be purchased over the counter for a pharmacy. at a lower cost tan that which  would be incurred by the NHS.

In line with guidance from NHS  England the Brighton & Hove and High Weald Lews Havens CCGs are recommending GPs will no longer routinely prescribe medicines for common conditions which can be bought over the counter. For more information please see link :

https://www.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/sites/btnccg/files/Advice%20for%20patients.pdf

When We Are Closed

Outside of our normal surgery hours there is always a doctor on call for emergencies. The out of hours cover is provided by IC 24 in the evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Always ring St. Luke’s Surgery first in the case of emergencies where a message will give the number to dial to be connected to a doctor. Alternativly call 111.

Out-of-hours services are generally busy so please think carefully before asking to see a doctor and only do so if you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery re-opens.

In a genuine emergency you should call 999. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

 
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