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 Essential staff training 21/10/2020



Dear patient, 

We will be holding essential training for our whole organisation on 21/10/2020. This means that Churchwood Medical Practice/Hastings Old Town Surgery & Warrior Square Surgery will be limited to handling essential queries from 12:00-17:00.

Essential queries are exclusively related to acutely unwell patients.


Non-essential requests include:

Routine appointments

Blood pressure tests


Medication requests


If your query falls within the non-essential category, please contact us either on or before the 20/10/20 or 22/10/20 onwards. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, however this is essential training designed to continually improve our standards of care.




Over 65's flu vaccination update

We have been very busy since the launch of this years flu vaccination programme! Thank you to all patients who have attended and helped us maintain a safe environment during this busy period. Due to a national shortage in flu vaccinations, we are currently out of stock with regards to our over 65's supply. We are continually keeping in touch with our suppliers and are actively trying to source more stock. If you urgently require a vaccination, please contact local pharmacies as we are aware that some pharmacies do have limited stock. We will continue our efforts in refreshing our supplies and will update you as soon as we have made any progress with this.



 Urgent announcement - Blood tests


Roche is one of the main suppliers of diagnostic tests to Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). The Swiss company carried out a switch from an old warehouse to a new automated distribution centre, which has caused an unforeseen technical issue that lead to a very significant drop in its processing capacity. Due to a national shortage, we regretfully announce that we have been instructed to reduce all non-essential blood tests and will be triaging all requests based on clinical priority.

We understand that can be difficult and frustrating for patients, however, it is a national shortage that affects all general practices.


If you have any concerns over this matter, please feel free to call us and we will be happy to assist you.





Hastings & Rother Healthcare Merger Proposal Engagement


We would like to thank everybody who participated in our merger proposal engagement. Please click the document below to view the full summary.
Merger Engagement Summary 




Sexual health


Please visit: Station Plaza Health Centre 1st Floor
Station Plaza
East Sussex
TN34 1BA

01424 464750 Patient Freephone Number: 0808 1681282







The winter is coming ! This might make it tricky to know when you or children should go to work /school. Please follow this advice to help make those decisions. Please be aware surgeries CAN NOT arrange testing in any way. Also, we cannot provide any letters for schools/nurseries/work to say you haven’t got COVID only a negative test is acceptable. 


Do contact us though as you would normally if you feel you or your child is unwell enough to need medical input.

 Flow chart









Patient Participation Group | Unity Health 

Would you like to become part of our "patient participation group?" We are looking for motivated patients to join our PPG group and help improve the way that we operate our surgery. If you would like to become a member, please email us on:










Flu jab


(Further updates to follow)









 Staff Training

On Wednesday 19/08/2020 from 13:00, our clinicians will be attending a mandatory online training event. This means that we will have very limited clinical cover all afternoon. We will have a GP available to take care of any emergencies. Our normal schedule will continue on 20/08/2020. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.










 Cervical screening


Everything you need to know about cervical screening:


Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited. 


Our nurses are trained to do all they can to put you at ease during your appointment and are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. However, whether you attend your screening or not, is ultimately your choice.







 Face mask

  Dear patients,

As part of a national infection control scheme, we are kindly asking all patients attending appointments to wear a face-covering when entering the surgery.

If you forget to bring a face covering, please ask a member of our team who will be able to assist you.

Thank you.






Hastings and Rother Healthcare Merger proposal


Churchwood, Hastings Old Town and Warrior Square practices are proposing to come

together as Hastings and Rother Healthcare from January 2021.


These proposals will not result in any significant changes to the services our patients

receive and patients will still be seen at their original surgery and have access to the

same clinicians should they wish. 


Merging will introduce some important changes to improve patients’ experience and their

ability to access services.


Some of these improvements include:


. The ability to offer appointments for patients at other sites, should one be available

sooner (this means we maximise all of our daily appointment slots).


. Access to a wider range of clinicians – such as Clinical Pharmacists, Prescribers,

Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Paramedics, Mental Health Workers, Physiotherapists

and General Practitioners with specific interests, such as cardiology and diabetes.


. An advanced support function and upgraded telephone systems –  Investing in more

advanced call handling technology and robust online appointment booking, which will

result in better response times and a broader range of skilled support personnel to

manage patient queries.


Our overarching goal is to provide patients and staff with a more effective way of offering the

highest levels of healthcare by integrating our systems and providing access to a wider

range of services.




Can I still see my clinician at my registered practice?


Yes. Your current services will stay the same, however, you will be given more options to

take advantage of if you require specialist treatment or an earlier appointment.


Will I be expected to visit different surgeries after the merger?


You will not be expected to travel further than you are accustomed to.  However, if we have

an appropriate appointment sooner, you will be offered this as an option.


How would I contact the surgery?


Contacting your surgery will remain the same, any background changes will be seamless to



Will the surgeries still open on an evening?

Our extended hours’ services will remain the same, our main goal is to improve services for




Is there parking at the surgeries?


Churchwood Medical Practice has a private car park and plenty of on-road parking

Hastings Old Town Surgery has a paid public car park directly next to it, free parking is

available via a 10-minute walk.

Warrior Square Surgery has free on-road parking available around the square and in

Norman road.


Can I request to register at a new surgery if I am not happy with the merger?


If you are in a catchment area where there is more than one surgery, you are entitled to

make an application to that practice to register with them. If you need any assistance you

can contact the Clinical Commissioning Group on for a












Advice for parents




Prescriptions during COVID 19 measures 

“We are receiving an increase in requests for extra medication. Please note we will not be issuing larger than usual requests following NHS guidance that there is no need to stockpile medications. Patients stockpiling medications increases the risk of shortages for other patients”.






Essential appointments

To ensure the ongoing health of our community we are still doing smears, childhood immunisations and other essential medical issues. 
These will all be done at Churchwood medical practice in Hollington.  
Patients entering the building are strictly screened and only allowed in if they have an appt. A limit to the number inside at any one time is being adhered to and time for thorough cleaning after each patient.  
Please do call your usual practice to book in and if you aren’t sure whether something is essential eg blood test please call to check. 
Don’t put these things off as we don’t want us to defeat corona but fall ill from something else very preventable.





AN ESSENTIAL DIGEST of all the lines of HELP

available in HASTINGS during Covid 19:

Hastings Covid-19 Community Support Hotline
Do you or does someone you know need help? 
Residents of Hastings and St Leonards, or their friends, family or carers, can contact Hastings Borough Council on a special helpline: 01424 451019, open 9am – 5pm Monday –   Thursday, 9am – 4.30 pm Friday. More info and an online form for non-urgent enquiries is available here: 
Hastings Emergency Action Response Team
Visit the Hastings Heart website to ask for help with shopping, collecting   medications, posting mail, dog walking or other errands and support:
Hastings Foodbank
Hastings Foodbank and the other social action projects run by King’s Church are still open! If you are facing financial hardship and need to be referred to the foodbank, or if you’re pregnant and in need and would like to be referred to Baby Basics, please contact Hastings Borough Council’s Covid-19 response number. 
We are also fundraising at this time so that we can get food, toiletries, nappies and other essentials: 
Feeling isolated, anxious or lonely and need someone to talk to?
 CONNECT IN is HVA's Telephone Befriending Service.  If you know someone who would benefit from having someone to chat to, visit 
Hastings Relief Fund
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Hastings Relief Fund so far. Many local residents have been supported by charities and community initiatives that have responded rapidly over the past few weeks, for example with food deliveries to the doorstep, or a friendly telephone call to someone who is isolated. You can find out more and donate to the Hastings Relief Fund here: 
Funding for charities and other community initiatives
Last week the Government announced additional funding for charities and other community initiatives, to enable them to continue to provide vital support to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic or to set up new services to support their vulnerable clients at this time. You can find out about the Government’s announcement, and other sources of funding,here: 
Care For the Carers
 Care for the Carers are still here for carers and working hard to keep   you connected with their services and one another. Their Carers Hub is   open virtually and as a carer, you can access information, advice and   guidance by contacting in the usual way, 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (except   Bank Holidays).  You can get in touch as follows:
  • Call us on: 01323 738390
  • Text: 07860 077300
  • Email:
  • Facebook: Message us on Facebook
  or visit for more information.
Beware of scams!
We are aware of a few reports of scams, with unscrupulous people trying to   take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. Please be as vigilant as ever,   and if you have any concerns please contact the relevant organisation   directly, and follow the Police’s Action Fraud’s advice:
Coronavirus Advice
Our coronavirus resources news page has been updated with the latest information on keeping safe, supporting others and useful information for groups and organisations, including easy-read guidance on how to support those most likely to get poorly from coronavirus. 
Coronavirus Street Based Response 
Looking for street based support in your area? Sam Kinch and the Heart of Hastings team have been working to log street-based community support in Hastings and St Leonards. You can now view local support available across the town on Google Maps. Find out more here:
Groups & Organisations 
Is your group or organisation seeking new volunteers to support your current provision? Or are you looking for volunteers as part of new plans you are putting in place? If so, please let us know by emailing: or by call calling 01424 444010.
The latest information about Foodbanks in Hastings & St Leonards is available on our website:  
Wellbeing Support
There are a number of mental health support and wellbeing services available locally and nationally including Southdown, Hastings i-rock, Samaritans and more. Follow the link to our news page below for more information and contact details: 





Clinical Triage

To help us to better manage our appointments, we are implementing a new system called Clinical Triage. Anyone calling the surgery for an appointment will be asked by a member of our trained receptionist team for some details about their call. The details of your call will be shared with the GP carrying out the Clinical Triage and will be used to help us to best deal with your issue.  As NHS employees, all staff working in the surgery are bound by a duty of confidentiality and will only provide this information to the GP.

The GP will review the information you have given to the receptionist and either call you back / send you a text message / book you an appointment or arrange / organise what is most appropriate to meet your needs. For example, if your issue is that you require medication, the GP will organise a prescription on your behalf. The GP may also organise for you to have an appointment with a member of the clinical team which may be a GP, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a Paramedic Practitioner, a Clinical Pharmacist or a Physiotherapist depending on your issue.

We realise that there is a high demand on the telephone lines and are looking at innovative ways to manage this. We have started a text service called AccuRx which allows us to inform you about your appointments and results etc. This is a new service that is different from our other text messaging service MJOG which we use to send our patient reminders.  It very important that we have your correct mobile phone number as we will send you a text unless you have notified us to the contrary. If you change your mobile number, please contact the surgery as soon as possible so that we can update your details.

 We are also looking into online consultations and Patient Access to assist you to book your appointments and will continue to explore new ways of working to ensure that we are able to manage our patient appointments are effectively as possible.





Restrictions on Over the Counter medications

The CCG have released an updated list of over the counter medications that they will ask GPs to restrict prescribing unless related to serious/long term illnesses.

More information will be provided however for now, click on the icon for a list of medications and conditions that GPs will be limiting their prescribing for.

OTC medications and conditions



Community Wellbeing Service (East Sussex)

Is your mental and emotional wellbeing affected by the pressures of daily life? The Community Wellbeing Service provides ‘Social Prescribing’ to help you find practical solutions to life challenges. We work in partnership with GPs to provide tailored support to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The service is commissioned by, and works in partnership with, Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group and East Sussex County Council.

Find out more here




The NHS Friends and Family Test

The NHS friends and family test (FFT) is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback on the care and treatment you receive and to help us to improve services. Your answer is voluntary, but if you do answer, your feedback will provide valuable information to celebrate good practice, and identify opportunities to make improvements.

If you would like to participate in the NHS Friends and Family Test, please complete the simple questionnaire available in the practice and post it into the Friends and Family Test collection box in the reception area.
We have also registered our practice with iWantGreatCare to provide an online version of the Friends and Family Test. The link to the iWantGreatCare website can be found by selecting "Friends and Family Test" on the right hand side of this home page under "Further Information".

Alternatively you can access NHS Friends and Family Test survey on the iWantGreatCare website directly at:

Once on the website you will need to select "Review this surgery"





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