The practice provides a full range of NHS services for patients.
Mid Sussex Wellbeing Advisors
Ship Street are pleased to announce that Mid Sussex Wellbeing Advisors will be available to see patients on Thursdays at the surgery from May 2018
Mid Sussex Wellbeing Advisors help people to make small changes to their lifestyle. Book in for a free one-to-one appointment or Wellbeing MOT to discuss any healthy lifestyle changes you would like to make and signpost you to appropriate support. They can also attend groups and talks to offer information and advice. The Wellbeing Advisors use body analyser scales to measure weight, BMI and body fat percentage as well as your hydration levels.
Mid Sussex Wellbeing Advisers can support individuals to make small changes including losing weight, getting more active, reducing alcohol and thinking about stopping smoking. The service is completely free. We can offer one-to-one sessions which will consist of looking at what you would like to change, for example losing weight or reducing alcohol intake, and then work with the adviser to identify small steps that the individual can make to facilitate change. You will be offered a Wellbeing MOT to help you focus on the changes you want to make.
At a Wellbeing MOT you will be asked to step on our state of the art scales, which gives not only the usual weight measurements but will also calculate your muscle mass, bone mass, hydration levels and give you a 'metabolic age', that is, how old your body thinks it is. You will have the chance to talk through your results, confidentially, with a Wellbeing adviser and decide on any steps you might want to take to help improve your health and lifestyle.
Maternity / Pregnancy Services
All the doctors in the partnership provide maternity services. Where suitable, antenatal care is shared with the hospital. Depending on patients' wishes, delivery may be at the Princess Royal Hospital at Haywards Heath, Crawley Hospital, East Surrey Hospital or Pembury Hospital. Antenatal care is at present offered during normal surgery hours. Our midwife provides a domiciliary service and holds a weekly clinic at the surgery. Postnatal examinations between six and eight weeks after delivery are carried out in the surgery at special times.
If you are pregnant you can self refer to Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Below is a link for patients who are pregnant to book appointments online.
You can also visit www.mypregnancymatters.co.uk.
Well Baby Clinics
Clinics are held at East Grinstead Clinic, St Michael's Road and East Grinstead on various days during the week. Please contact the health visitors' office for current times.
Six-week checks are carried out by the doctors. The health visitors carry out most other checks. They will provide you with further details and contact you at appropriate times.
A full contraceptive service is provided by the surgery including advice on barrier methods (condom or diaphragm), the oral contraceptive pill, the IUD and natural methods. Post-coital contraception is also available for which you should consult within 72 hours.
Some minor surgical procedures such as the removal or treatment of skin lesions and joint injections are performed by the doctors.
Ongoing Disease Management Clinics
We run specialist clinics for patients with:
- Heart Disease
- Asthma or COPD
- Anticoagulation Monitoring
These are run by specially-trained nurses. The clinic includes a review of treatment, physical examination, and lifestyle/dietary advice where appropriate.
It is most important that our patients attend clinics and reviews in order to ensure they receive the optimum care and to enable doctors to authorise their medication.
Blood Pressure Monitoring Service
We now have a waiting room blood pressure machine, which is situated in the waiting room. When you are next in the Surgery, please come and use the machine to check your blood pressure. If you are taking blood pressure medication, we advise having your blood pressure checked every six months. There are very clear instructions on how to use the machine. The machine will print out your blood pressure reading for you. Please hand in your print out slip to one of the receptionists or place in the box provided. Please come and use the machine at any time.
Ear Wax And Syringing
Unfortunately GP practices are not funded for routine ear syringing, and we are therefore no longer able to provide this service. However we will still offer clearance of ear wax if requested by a hospital or by action for deafness.
We suggest that any patients with uncomplicated ear wax use olive oil or similar drops obtainable from the pharmacies for at least two or three weeks, or an over the counter dewaxing agent such as otex. Alternatively, please ask at reception for a list of local private providers.
We apologise for any inconvenience that the withdrawal of this may cause however lack of funding and workload pressures have made this necessary.
New Patient Health Questionnaire
We ask all new patients registering with the surgery to complete a basic health questionnaire. This provides valuable information which we need for your treatment as it may take several weeks for records to be transferred from your previous doctor.
District Nursing Care
The district nurses for the surgery are available to give nursing care to the housebound. Please contact them for advice on 01293 228311 (option 2).
We provide the recommended childhood immunisations and hold a weekly clinic. Please contact the surgery for full details. The following website can also provide information - http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/vaccination-schedule-age-checklist.aspx
In addition to the basic courses of vaccination, adults require the following boosters:
Reinforcing doses are required 10 years after the primary course and repeated at 10 year intervals. For adults who have received five doses, further doses are not recommended.
Reinforcing doses for adults are not required unless they are at special risk such as: (a) travellers to endemic areas (b) certain health care workers.
Physiotherapy Self Referral
Ship Street Surgery patients can access musculoskeletal physiotherapy without visiting their GP first. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can be particularly beneficial if you are suffering from low back pain, neck pain, recent injuries such as strains and sprains, or joint and muscular pain.
Click here to download the form, or click here for details.
If you have any concerns you can always be referred for physiotherapy in the usual way by your GP – please make an appointment as usual.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Click here to download the self-referral form