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SURGERY NEWS

 

Retirement of Senior Partner - Dr McConkey

Regrettably we are saying farewell to our much loved Senior Partner , Dr McConkey.  After 26 years of dedicated service to the patients of the Heathfield and Firs Surgeries as of the 1st April 2018, Dr McConkey has decided to hang up his stethoscope.  Please join us in wishing him all the best for the future.  He is looking forward to pursuing other interests and spending quality time with his family and dogs!


 

Surgery Training Dates:

Please note that the surgery will be closed for essential staff training on the afternoons only of the following dates in 2018:

Tuesday 12th June.

In case of emergency on these afternoons please dial 999.  For general advice please call the NHS 111 service.


Be aware of potential telephone scams:

Please be aware the a number of patients have identified that they have been called by someone pretending to be from the surgery, asking if they can arrange a home visit, or asking for medical information.  If you receive a call that you do not trust is from the surgery, please hang up and call the surgery directly, making sure that you can hear a dialling tone on your phone before you dial the surgery number.  Our telephone number is 01435 864 999.


Protection from meningitis and septicaemia:

If you are 17 or 18 years old, born between 01 September 1996 and 31 August 1997, please make an appointment at the Surgery for your vaccine. This vaccine protects against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y.


Age Concern - Drivers Required:

Do you have you a few hours to spare each month?

Age Concern provides a valuable community service to the elderly through the minibus and hospital car services which are managed and operated by a team of volunteers. The two minibuses are in use five days per week for shopping trips and social outings, and a car service operates daily from Monday to Friday for those needing to visit the doctor or hospitals throughout a wide area of East Sussex.

They urgently need more volunteer drivers, so if you think you can help please call:-

Bill Philps on 01435 830206 or Mike Hepworth on 01435 862329


SMS Text messaging - changes:

If you have given the Heathfield and Firs Surgeries your mobile phone number AND you have not yet signed up for the SMS text messaging, please note that from 14th September 2015, the Heathfield and Firs Surgeries will be actively using patient's mobile phone numbers to send appointment reminders and other messages.

If you DO NOT want messages to be sent to your mobile phone, please let reception know.


Pharmacy2U

Patients have contacted us about Pharmacy2U as they have received letters from this organisation.

Pharmacy2U is a commercial pharmacy, like Boots, and there is NO obligation to sign up with them.

They are NOT part of the NHS. It is a private company.

As a patient you have a choice of where you want to collect your medication. If you live within a mile from the nearest chemist, you can choose from which pharmacy you would like to collect your prescriptions.

If you live more than a mile from the nearest chemist, you can be a dispensing patient and collect your medication from the Heathfield or the Firs Surgery.

 

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