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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 Lewes 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


THE MENOPAUSE AND HRT

The menopause and HRT has had a lot of mention in the press in the past few weeks. For up to date and in depth information please click on this link to the Women's Health Concern website. This website is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society (BMS). They provide a confidential, independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their gynaecological and sexual health, wellbeing and lifestyle concerns. They offer unbiased information – by telephone, email, printed factsheets, online and through symposia, seminars, meetings and in workshop's such as Living and loving well beyond 40…


SELF REFERRAL FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY INFORMATION

Patients can now self refer for physiotherapy without seeing a GP. Please click on this link for information: 

Physio Self Referral 

To complete the referral form please click: Referral Form


SELF REFERRAL FOR MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION

The Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service provides access to one-to-one talking therapies such as CBT, group therapy e.g. for managing stress and online guided self-help.  Click the link below to fill out a self referral form:

Click: Mental Health Self Referral

Guided Self-Care

Adults experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety can self-refer for guided self-help from a psychological wellbeing practitioner.

Click: Silver Cloud

Mental Health Rapid Response Service

If you feel you are not able to keep yourself safe, and do not need immediate medical assistance, you should contact the Mental Health Rapid Response Service which is able to offer immediate support:

 Call: 03003 040078 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Samaritans

Call: 116 123 (free number) or 01273 772277
Click: Brighton and Hove Samaritans
Visit: Samaritans, Dubarry House, Newtown Road, Hove,BN3 6AE

Sussex Mental Health Helpline

The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals

Call: 03005 000101 (17:00 - 9:00 Monday to Friday and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays)

Appointments

We have an appointments system for the doctor and nurse on weekdays that you can book in advance. Please telephone reception for an appointment.

The exceptions are Monday morning only when we operate a ‘walk-in’ surgery for the doctor and you can sit and wait to be seen (patients are advised to arrive by 10:15 at the latest please) and on Wednesday morning we operate a ‘book on the day’ system for the doctor. Please telephone between 08:30 and 09:30 on that day for an appointment time.

We always aim to fit in emergency appointments within 24 hours with either a ‘face to face’ or telephone consultation with the doctor.

Telephone Consultations

You may contact the doctor by telephone for advice. Please ask the receptionist to arrange this for you and give some details of the problem so we may assess the urgency of the call.

HERE Extended Hours Appointments (Previously EPIC)

This is a pre-bookable NHS service for GP and Nurse Appointments.  Bookings can be arranged via for all patients registered with Saltdean & Rottingdean Medical Practice.  Appointments will be at either Ardingly Court Surgery, Wellsbourne Health Centre or St Peters Medical Centre (location will be confirmed when the appointment is booked).  The location is rotated on a monthly basis.

Appointment times will be between 18:30 - 20:30 Monday to Friday and 08:00 - 14:00 on Saturdays.

Cancellation or amendments to extended hours appointments must be made via HERE only:

HERE Cancellation line: 07540 745728

HERE email: ehsBrighton@nhs.net

HERE website: http://www.extendedhoursservice.co.uk/

Cancellations

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.

 
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