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Visiting the surgery safely

Thank you for your patience and support over the last few months – it is much appreciated.  To ensure that we can continue to operate and keep you and our staff safe, we would appreciate it if you could familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 operating procedures:

  • Please do not attend the surgery unless you have an appointment or made an arrangement with our reception team.


  • Please note that we will issue prescriptions and Fit Notes electronically to reduce the number of people needing to visit the surgery.


  • If you do not manage your repeat prescriptions electronically, please use post boxes at each surgery for repeat prescription requests.


  • We are still operating a ‘locked door’ policy.  As such, a member of the team will meet you at the door and you will be escorted to and from your appointment.


  • Patients will be required to wait outside until their appointment time and when the lobby area is free. So please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible.


  • Patients are required to wear a facing covering when attending the surgery/appointment.  We would be grateful if you can provide your own mask when attending any future appointments. If you are unable to wear a mask, you will be given a visor. Any mask exemptions must be authorised by your GP prior to arriving at the surgery.


  • Patients are kindly asked to attend alone.  If you do require a carer to accompany you, we must be notified at the time of booking the appointment.


  • We ask that only one parent and carer accompanies a child/infant.


  • We have limited the number of seats in the waiting areas to reduce the volume of people waiting at any one time.


  • Reception staff wipe down seating areas, reception desks, door handles and surfaces hourly using a disinfectant.

  • We have extended our appointment times to allow us to wipe down and clean consulting rooms after each patient.

  • For any other queries, please contact us via telephone, email, engage consult (online) or register with us for online access.

      Thank you for your understanding.


Repeat Medication Requests

Dear patients,

If you require repeat medication from the surgery, please make the request via email or a handwritten request. This helps to eliminate any potential errors caused by verbal pronunciation.

Thank 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.

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Our flu immunisation clinics are about to start! Our first round of immunisations will be offered to high-risk patients only. Please see our schedule below and call 07879 716 784

(Flu clinic only) to secure your appointment.

Sep 10th - 16:00-17:30
Sep 15th - 09:00-12:00
Sep 16th - 09:00-12:00
Sep 22nd - 09:00-12:00 & 18:00-20:00
Sep 23rd - 09:00-12:00
Sep 26th - 09:00-12:00
Sep 29th - 09:00-12:00
Sep 30th - 09:00-12:00
Oct 3rd - 09:00-12:00
Oct 6th - 09:00-12:00 & 18:00-20:00
Oct 7th - 09:00-12:00











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 masks

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








 Dear patients,

We would like to remind everybody that under the current social distancing measures, we are carrying out a large number of appointments via telephone, it would be a great help if you could update your details with the surgery if they have changed.

Thank you.



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: 



Early Access Clinics

We are currently offering Early Access clinics on Monday/Tues and every other Sat.

These will be appointment only clinics, please speak to the reception team to make an appointment.  





Prescription enquiries

With regards to calling the surgery for updates on your prescription, please call your pharmacy first as we are inundated with more urgent calls and it is disrupting the appointment booking process.  

Thank you for your understanding.








Telephone enquiries

With our new triage system, Patients can call the surgery for appointments between the hours of 08:00 and 15:00

Calls after 15:00 will be triaged the following day unless it is an emergency.

Please do not feel pressured to call during opening hours as this causes unnecessary waiting times for you.



Thank you for your understanding.







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Urgent appeal for blood donations

Blood stocks are currently at urgently low levels. We urgently need more O+ O- A+ B+ blood and A- platelets to recover stock levels that we aim to keep above 6 days. . NHS Blood and Transplant have launched an urgent appeal for anyone who can to give blood. This can be done at either a permanent Donor Centre or a community-based venue. Find out
when and where you can give blood by visiting





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