Hailsham Medical Group receives Wealden Local Hero award!!!
Lots of our patients have taken the time and trouble to write to MP Nus Ghani to say how much they have appreciated all our efforts in running the Covid vaccination clinics. As a result, we have been presented with a Wealden Hero Award for all our efforts! This is a much appreciated recognition of all the hard word staff have put in to ensuring our community is vaccinated against Covid-19, and many thanks go to the patients who nominated us.
16/09/21 - For your East Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination regular update click here
During May, One You East Sussex is running a campaign to help people in the county to eat more healthily! Click here for details...
08/04/21 - For Information on your Covid-19 Vaccination. Click here
09/03/21 - March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
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10/02/21 - If you are aged 70 and over and have not had your first Covid-19 vaccination please call 119 or book online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
03/02/21 - Have you received a vaccination letter?
People who are eligible for the vaccination are starting to receive letters inviting them to use the national booking service to arrange a vaccination appointment at one of the larger vaccination centres, including Welcome House in Eastbourne, and pharmacy-led services.
This is one option for you. You can also choose to wait to be contacted by your GP led service in the next two weeks – or attend an appointment you have booked with your local GP led service.
If you are contacted by the national booking service but would like to have an appointment with your GP led service, please be assured you don’t need to take any action. You will be on their list and you will be contacted in the next two weeks.
Please don’t call your GP practice as they are often not directly booking these appointments and so cannot make the arrangements for you. You will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available.
We remain on track to have offered a vaccination appointment to all those in the eligible groups by mid-February.
The NHS is issuing a fresh warning to residents to be on their guard against fraudulent messages as new scams are being sent to patients.27/01/21 - Beware of COVID-19 vaccination scams
This week there have been fresh reports that some people are receiving fake fraudulent calls, emails and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
In the most recent case people are receiving a notification of their 'vaccination appointment' and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link.
This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent by GP practice vaccination teams, and the NHS is worried people will be conned by them or will not respond to their genuine invitations.
The NHS has this advice for patients:
An official NHS text message will include details of your GP practice. It will also include details of the local vaccination service and its location. Scam text messages and emails are not including local information such as your GP practice details or where you are invited to attend. The COVID-19 vaccination is only available by the NHS and it is free - you will never be asked to pay for it or your bank details. If you are worried about a test message you have received, please be assured you will remain on your GP practice list for vaccination if you don't respond.
15/01/21 - Latest update on the vaccination service
The latest update on the Covid-19 vaccinations service can be found here
Current Covid-19 advice from the Government
Click here for the latest...
Vaccination information from Sussex Health and Care Partnership
Further information about when and where you will get your jab is available here, with a short video from the NHS available here.
COVID-19 cases are rising fast but you can help contain the spread
Limit your contact with others. Make time for friends and family with phone calls. Anyone with symptoms, even mild, must self-isolate and book a test: http://bit.ly/3r8Lhom
The NHS is rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations across Sussex
People are being invited to an appointment in order of national guidance, starting with those over 80. You do not need to call the surgery - you will be contacted as soon as the NHS is able to offer you the vaccination.
For further information visit
Thank you for your support.
Please call 111 for urgent medical advice when we are closed. Always call 999 if experiencing life threatening emergency.
Please wear a face mask or face covering when attending the surgery
Only enter the surgery if you have an appointment. Please put prescription requests and samples through the letterbox
50-64 Flu Campaign Reminder to Patients
The government announced earlier this week that people aged between 50 and 64 years old (who are not in a clinical at-risk group) will be offered a free flu vaccination in clinics operating across Sussex this December.
GP practices are now working with the NHS and partners to finalise plans to deliver flu vaccines through a fresh round of clinics to this cohort safely during the pandemic.
GPs have a list of everyone who is registered with them aged 50 to 64 and will invite them to a clinic directly, at their GP or pharmacy.
People in Sussex that are aged 50 to 64 years old do not need to take any action and are asked to wait for contact from their GP, and not call their practice about the flu vaccine at this stage, while they finalise plans for further vaccination clinics.
This will help ensure GPs and their staff are free to help those in immediate need – you will be contacted directly and do not need to take any further action.
With COVID-19 circulating, GPs have been working hard to ensure everyone eligible can get their free flu vaccine, including implementing big changes this year to the way the NHS is providing the free flu jab due to the pandemic.
The local NHS wants to reassure everyone that getting the flu vaccine is safe during the lockdown, and there is plenty of time for everyone eligible to book and get their flu jab. Providers of vaccination will take all necessary measures to keep you safe, including wearing protective equipment and staggering clinic appointment times.
Some people aged 50 to 64 years old are entitled to a flu jab sooner:
If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical at risk group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk
Anyone of any age, including those between 50-64, who is a household member or a carer of a shielded patient
Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation.
25th November 2020
Seaforth Farm Surgery - front door locked
Due to the increasing cases of Coronavirus and rising numbers of patients entering the surgery without a booked appointment or prior arrangement (as clearly stated on our front door notice), we have had to make the decision to revert back to having our front door locked. If you have a booked appointment, or an arrangement with the surgery, for example, to collect a document, please approach the surgery where a staff member will attend to you.
For all other queries please DO NOT attend the surgery. You will be asked to return home and telephone the surgery with your query. You also have the option of contacting the surgery using ‘Engage Consult’- our online platform for asking the surgery questions.
Please place all prescription requests and samples through our letterbox.
We understand that it is difficult to get through on the telephone at present. We are putting measures in place to rectify this. Please bear with us whilst these improvements are being implemented.
For useful information on contacting your GP remotely please watch this video.
HMG Patient Update
At the present time all patients will be triaged remotely. This does not mean we will not be seeing patients but, instead, you will receive a telephone call from a clinician to assess the best way forward with your care. This could be a video consultation, telephone consultation, or a face-to-face consultation if the clinician considers it necessary. Your safety and the safety of our staff is our key priority, so stringent infection prevention and control measures will be followed for all face-to-face appointments.
An information pack has been produced for over the over 70's who are self-isolating
It can be downloaded here.
The pack contains:
· A home environment checklist
· Useful contact details
· Tips to keep in mind if you are diabetic
· Tips and hints about eating
If you are able, please register for online services using the NHS app
In addition, please ensure the surgery has your up-to-date mobile phone number.
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See a GP via video using the LIVI app
Patients of Hailsham Medical Group can now see an NHS GP by video using LIVI. Get medical advice, prescriptions and referrals on the same day – even at weekends. The service is provided free on the NHS.
You can download the LIVI app to your mobile phone or tablet, at the App Store or Google Play. Or visit www.livi.co.uk for more information.
LIVI GPs are all GMC-registered NHS GPS, who (with your consent) will be able to access your medical records and give you a considered, in-depth diagnosis based on your medical history.
Get the LIVI app here: https://bit.ly/2ZGrYV0
Clinical Staffing Update - Retirement of Dr Pearce
Dr Alan Pearce, former Senior Partner of Hailsham Medical Group, has now retired. He will be working with us as a Locum until the 25 October 2019. Dr Sabina Spencer is now the Senior Partner.
Whilst we hope to be able to replace Dr Pearce, you will all appreciate that GP recruitment in East Sussex and across the entire country is exceptionally challenging. Here at Hailsham Medical Group, we are extremely fortunate to have a full complement of highly experienced Allied Healthcare Professionals who will continue to help us provide outstanding clinical care to our patients.
Those of you who currently have Dr Pearce listed as your “Usual GP” will be notified in due course, via this website, as to the nominated GP who will be listed as your Usual GP going forward
Remember only one problem can be discussed per appointment.
If you need to discuss more than one issue with the clinician, please advise the receptionist when making your appointment.
We have been rated 'Good' by the CQC. Click Here to see the report from our recent inspection.