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 Coronavirus Update – Public Briefing


The NHS in and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.


Call 111 now if you've been:

  • to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
  • to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on


Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and is encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at Further information is available on

Dementia Friendly Afternoon tea


Dementia Friendly Afternoon tea


We are an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP practice

Veteran Friendly Practice


Dr Sue-Ann Knight materity leave

Congratulations Dr Knight ! Wishing you the best of luck throughout your maternity leave ! See you in June 2020.
In the same breath we would like to welcome Dr Sal Qureshi to the team!
Dr Sal Qureshi will be covering Dr Knight from 02 September 2019 until June 2020
His clinic days will be Monday, Thursday and Friday.


Dispensary New Opening Hours

Dispensary New opening hours




Prescription charges in England are now £9 from for each medicine or appliance dispensed.


The cost of prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) remained unchanged: The three-month PPC remained at £29.10, and an annual PPC at £104. These offer savings to people who need at least four medicines in a three-month period and at least 12 during one year.


Charges for wigs and fabric supports increased in line with inflation:


Prescription charges

Single charge: £9

3-month PPC (no change): £29.10

12-month PPC (no change): £104


Wigs and fabric supports

Surgical bra: £29.50

Abdominal or spinal support: £44.55

Stock modacrylic wig: £72.80

Partial human hair wig: £192.85

Full bespoke human hair wig: £282

(06.03.2019- updated 16.05.2019)

GP Hubs ( Miami Clinics) GP and Nurse appointments during the evening and at the weekend.


For more info please click here or the image above.


The Little Orange Book – expert advice on helping babies and young children when they’re poorly

The Little Orange Book is focused on acute illness in young children and helps parents and carers to recognise and then respond appropriately to a range of diseases, illness and conditions as well as signposting parents to the most appropriate service or clinician should they need further support.


You can download a copy here.

Ear Syringing Information for Patients

Ear syringing is not a service the practice is contracted to provide to the NHS as part of our General Medical Services Contract with NHS England and therefore we do not receive any funding to provide the service. Until recently, the practice was the only surgery in the area to continue to provide ear syringing to our patients. However, due to increased pressure on workload in primary care, it was felt necessary to stop providing this service so that valuable appointment time can be used to manage chronic diseases that are on the increase and for which we are contractually required to provide to all of our patients.

Ear Syringing or microsuction can be booked at the alternative providers below:

Gatwick Audiology

Clinics held every alternate Friday at Pulborough Medical Centre.

The rates are £50 for one ear and £80 for both ears.

To make a booking please contact them direct and ask for Hazel Spring. Email:, Tel: 0333 011 7717




£35 per ear. If no wax is visible no charge is made.

Tel: 01243 533350


Action for Deafness

£70 for both ears. Clinics are held in Haywards Heath every Wednesday Tel: 01444 415582 Email:

Action for Deafness ,22 Sussex Road Haywards Heath West Sussex RH16 4EA



NHS services are there for you when you need them. But many people are using some services, such as A&E and their GP, with problems that could be treated elsewhere. This makes these services very busy and means you and others may have to wait longer to be treated.

The NHS is doing everything it can to prepare for the extra pressures and demands over the busy winter months.

You can #HelpMyNHS to give the best care by making sure you and your loved ones get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

This website helps you do this by highlighting where you can get medical treatment that is right for you.

It includes details on the alternative services to A&E and GPs, along with tips on using of GP appointments properly, taking steps to help prevent getting ill and self-manage minor illnesses, as well as other services, such as pharmacists.

It is tailored to include listings on specific services available to you across Sussex and East Surrey.  Follow the links to find out how to help your GP and help your A&E

#HelpMyNHS from NHS Brighton and Hove CCG on Vimeo.




The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018. The GDPR applies to all EU member states and Petworth Surgery must be able to demonstrate compliance at all times. To read the the full notice, please click HERE.

( 29.05.2018)




Technical problem at NHS Breast Screening Program



You may have seen / heard the announcement yesterday in relation to breast cancer screening.

Because of a technical problem at NHS Breast Screening Program some women didn’t receive their final invitation for a breast screening on time.


If you think you might have been affected please read the information, which have been released by the Public Health England, below.


Should I contact my GP?


You do not need to contact your GP as all women affected will receive a letter from PHE by the end of May, which will provide information about what you need to do if you choose to have a screen.


At all times women should continue to be aware of any changes to their breasts and if changes occur, then they should see their GP



Information about the offer of a breast screen for women aged 70-79


Some women aged between 70 and 79 are being offered the opportunity for a breast screen. The offer of a screen comes after some women did not receive an invitation for a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme.


The Breast Screening Programme usually invites women to have a screen once every three years when aged between 50 and 70 (up to their 71st birthday). This means women will usually receive their final screen sometime between their 68th and 71st birthdays.


Most women can be reassured that they will have received their final invitation but there are some women, now aged between 70 – 79 years, who have missed an invitation due to a problem which dates back to 2009.

We are very sorry this has happened and we are now offering the opportunity for a further screen.

We will be writing to all affected women registered with a GP by the end of May with further information.


A helpline is also available: 0800 169 2692.


How do I know if I did not receive my final screening invitation?


All women affected who are registered with a GP are being offered the opportunity for a screen and will be informed by letter from Public Health England (PHE) by the end of May 2018.


Women affected aged up to their 72nd birthday will receive a letter inviting them for a catch up screen.


Other women, those aged 72-79, will receive a letter providing clear information on what to do next if they choose to have a screen (see ‘Making a decision about whether or not to have a screen below’).


These women, aged 72-79, will be asked to contact the helpline on 0800 169 2692 (set up to support women about this issue) who will link with their local Breast Screening Service to arrange an appointment and invitation letter on their behalf.

Women, aged 70 -79, currently registered with a GP, who do not receive a letter from PHE can be assured they are not affected and do not need a catch-up screen.

However, if you are not currently registered with a GP and believe you did not receive an invitation for a screen sometime between your 68th - 71st birthdays then we advise that you get in touch with the helpline on 0800 169 2692.


Making your decision about whether or not to have a screen


We do not routinely invite women aged 71 or over for breast screening because the benefits of this are unclear. Women over the age of 71 years can however make their own appointments for breast screening every three years if they wish.

Our experts say the research evidence is uncertain about the benefits and harms of breast screening for a woman of your age. For some older women, screening may diagnose and treat a breast problem that would never go on to cause harm if left alone. We call this ‘over diagnosis’. As women get older, there is a higher chance of ‘over diagnosis’ than there is of having their life saved by screening.


To help with your decision you may find it helpful to read the following leaflet: Breast Screening For Women Over 70


Getting support and advice


We understand that finding out we did not send your invitation for screening at the right time might be upsetting for those women affected and apologise for a fault in the system that has led to invitations not being sent at the scheduled time.


For further information a dedicated advice line has been set up for the women affected and also for those that think they did not receive an invitation - call 0800 169 2692 if you need further support and advice.


As usual, all women should continue to be aware of any changes to their breasts and if they have any concerns then they should see their GP.





Are you a patient living with a long-term health condition? Expert Patients Programme

The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a free self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, depression, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome etc.

The aim is to help you to take more control of your health by learning new skills and techniques to manage your condition better on a daily basis. Amongst other things, the course will explore:

  • How to manage common symptoms
  • Action planning and problem solving
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Communication skills
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Medication management
  • Better breathing
  • Dealing with difficult emotions

Not only will the course give you new skills to help you to manage your condition and the emotional changes brought about by your condition, it also provides a great opportunity for you to meet other people who share similar experiences.

The course runs over six weekly sessions, each session lasting 2 and a half hours including a break. Each course is facilitated by fully trained (but not medically qualified) volunteers tutors who themselves are living with a long-term health condition


For more information



Telephone: 01903 858002





Induction Loop System

A portable induction loop device is available now for hearing aid users while you are in the Surgery building. Please ask at Reception for further details.


Additional Online access: Coded Detailed Care Records

From 1st of April 2016 Practices the Surgery can offer further online access to some of their care records.

If you were registered for the Surgery’s Online services before 01.04.2016 then you should already have access to “appointments”, “prescription” and “summary care record” facilities. From the 1st of April 2016 patients can have access to their Coded Detailed Care Records too.

For more information on Coded Detailed Care Record click here.

If you wish to have this additional access then please let us know by filling out a request form (available on the website or from our reception) or request it via your SystmOnline account.

Download an Online access request form: Online Access Registration Form.pdf

Please note: Processing access requests for Detailed Coded records might take a few days.

If you require information about Online Services and the registration process please click here.

- NHS England - What you need to know poster 

- NHS England - View your GP record poster





Heartsmart Walks


HeartSmart walks are free, fun and full of local beauty. These walks are led by volunteer Walk Leaders and are designed to cater for all ages and abilities. The walks offer opportunities to exercise and meet new people in a safe and friendly environment.

The walks were started by a GP in Edinburgh who said: " Half of my Waiting Room would be empty if only they took more exercise." And, good as his word, he took his patients out every afternoon for a walk.  Since then these walks spread all over England.

If you are interested to find out more  visit :


or call : 01243 521 041


(updated: 21.1.2016)



Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Survey



If you are a parent carer with a child or young person with SEND then we want to know:

What you would like from an Information, Advice and Support Service? and

How you would like to access this Service?

You can let us know your views by:

  • Completing and returning one of our Postcards (FREEPOST)
  • Completing an online survey
  • Attending an event hosted by West Sussex Parent Carer Forum:

further details are available at or you can contact

the Forum on: 01903 726188.


You can find out more information about the Information, Advice and Support Service

in Chapter 2 of the SEND Code of Practice 2015





CCG’s news: Stroke services in Sussex


Local stroke services have improved over the last two years but there is much more to do to bring the whole pathway to the standard our patients deserve. 

That's why the CCG is working with the hospitals that provide stroke services and our CCG partners in Sussex to work together to further improve local care.

The animation below describes the high quality care CCG wants for patients in Coastal West Sussex.

Good progress has been made in improving stroke services for Sussex patients in recent years, in particular since the publication of the Department of Health's national stroke strategy in 2007. But there is always more to do.

The hospitals and CCGs in Sussex wants to make further improvements to offer patients the best possible care and, at the same time, meet the stroke quality standards set out by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2010.

For more information visit their website:







The CCG’s vision for integrated care in Coastal West Sussex


The CCG has a bold ambition for the future of the local NHS. Watch their animation to find out more about their priorities for the coming years.

For more info visit:



( 23.11.2015 )



West Sussex Carer’s emergency alert card


For anyone who cares for someone

Do you worry about what would happen to the person you look after if you were taken ill and unable to tell anyone that someone depends on you?

If your answer is ‘Yes’, the carer’s emergency alert card may be the answer for you.

For more information read the Informational leaflet

Or visit the website of Chichester Careline





Living Well Service –provided by Coastal West Sussex Mind


Coastal West Sussex Mind is a local mental health charity providing help and support to local people and their families in Shoreham, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Midhurst and Chichester.

Respecting the needs and rights of individuals to have control of their lives, they aim to empower people with mental health needs to be as independent as possible and help them to benefit from optimum support and activities in their community

They support people over 60 who are affected by:


  • mild cognitive impairment
  • confusion
  • memory loss
  • dementia
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • other mental health problems.


They also offer support to their carers.


The Chichester Living Well Service offers a range of help and support including:


  • home visits for advice, helping you to identify your needs and explore what help is available
  • advice, information and coping tips
  • friendly, relaxed informal group and social activities including monthly events and outings
  • peer support by sharing experiences with other people in a similar situation
  • day respite services
  • structured support including cognitive stimulation therapy


Sometimes it can be hard to take the first steps towards getting support. their staff aim to get to know individuals and their carers, tailoring services to meet needs.


Their aim to help people:


  • feel less isolated and more supported
  • gain confidence
  • learn coping skills
  • improve and maintain their wellbeing
  • have a break


They provide a programme of support and activities at different venues across the week.

Currently this includes:


  • Tea and Chat—Held at Chichester Boys Club
  • Our Café—Held at St Pancras Hall
  • Day respite service—Held at the Judith Adams Centre on Saturdays.
  • We are currently planning a new service on Thursdays for people with early stage dementia


Please note:There is a charge for some services

Informational leaflet  :  Living Well Chichester Leaflet .pdf

For an informal chat and further information:

Please call: 074 9507 7298   or leave a message for a call back

For more information:








Talk to NHS about GP services and urgent care


The local NHS wants to hear from people across Coastal West Sussex.

NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a brand new survey to hear from local people about the health services they use, and their priorities for how they could be improved.


Take part in the survey go to:

The NHS wants to hear from you, so that your views are at the centre of their plans.

The survey focuses on your priorities for the services you receive at your GP practice and the care you receive when you need NHS help and support urgently.


Asking people across Coastal West Sussex

The survey is available online and in hard copy in places you may visit such as GP surgeries, libraries and community centres.

In addition the CCG is working with a company called Latimer Appleby who is conducting telephone surveys on their behalf.

The CCG wants to reassure you that if you receive a telephone call from Latimer Appleby this is a genuine call seeking your views about local NHS services.

The survey will be continuing through October and November and the feedback will be shared widely.

The CCG wants this to be a real opportunity to hear views from across our area, and so we hope you will welcome the chance to take part.

Any questions

If you have any problems completing the survey, would like it in a different format or language, or would like to talk to someone about this survey please email: or by calling on 01903 708537.





Have your say! Stroke Services review


Every year, over 3,000 Sussex residents are admitted to hospital with a stroke. 

Stroke services in Sussex are good – but could be better.

That’s why the hospitals that provide stroke services and the clinical commissioners (who plan, buy and monitor services) are working together to seek your views on stroke services.

Your feedback will directly influence the options for improving health services for patients experiencing a stroke in Sussex.

As well as running an online survey, they will be meeting with stroke groups for one to one discussions, running stroke focus groups and taking the survey out on streets when visiting events around the area.


Find out more about the Sussex Stroke Review and complete the online survey via the website:







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