We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a practice nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.
Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
- For alternative help please look at the NHS app for advice
- For local adult mental health support , You can self-refer to health in mind https://www.healthinmind.org.uk/news/42-new-online-self-referral
- Mental health support for teenagers and young people can be found via the local Irock scheme contact https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/irock and
- A variety of mental health services for issues such as be bereavement counselling to on line counselling support for teenagers can be accessed via https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/health-safety-wellbeing/mental-health-emotional/support-services/
- social issues and wellbeing support please contact https ://www.southdown.org/CommunityConnectors
- Dental issues please contact your dentist or the emergency dental services on https://www.esht.nhs.uk/service/emergency-dental-service/
- Eye conditions –please contact your opticians
- Proof of covid vaccine – please access your information via the NHS app on your app store or via https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/
- Information of covid vaccinations programme – please access https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/
- Social support for children and families https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/
- Support for caring for adults and elderly relatives https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/social-care
Your pharmacist can help too
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just give your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
Call 111 if:
- you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”
If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.