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We are improving access to appointments

From 01 October, GP and nurse appointments are now available during the evening and at the weekend for people across Coastal West Sussex.

This means that urgent appointments are available up to 8pm during the week, and during clinics on a Saturday and Sunday.

This aims to improve access to GP appointments and help local people to get the help and support they need.

The service is run by Innovations in Primary Care (IPC), a not-for-profit company owned by local GP practices.

The appointments will be available at local GP access hubs, run from GP surgeries, and they will be both routine and urgent appointments with a doctor, nurse or healthcare professional.

The teams will see new illnesses when you urgently need to see a health professional, and offer planned appointments such as family planning and smear tests that can be hard to arrange whilst at work or when you are caring for family or a loved one.

IPC has been running the MIAMI clinics in Adur and Worthing for the last three years, which has offered a very similar service, offering help for ‘Minor Injury Assessment & Minor Illnesses’.

These clinics have been successful and helped local people to access the help they need outside of normal opening times.

We hope that this roll out of the hubs across the whole of Coastal West Sussex will mean that all patients registered with a GP practice in our area can benefit.

You book into the GP access hubs by ringing either the Coppice Surgery or Angmering Medical Centre , and you may also be offered an appointment at one of the hubs at the weekend if you call NHS 111 for urgent health advice and support.

The hubs may be at your GP practice or they may be at a neighbouring GP practice locally in the community around you.

The teams will have access to your medical records with your consent, and any care they provide will be added to your notes so your GP practice can continue any ongoing care.

Our Clinics

The following clinics are held by the practice nurses:

  • Health Checks
  • Diabetic
  • Asthma
  • Chest
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking Cessation

Appointments can be made by telephoning reception.

Child Health Clinics

The health visitor can be seen at the following clinics:

Mondays 10:30 – 11:30 at East Preston Family Centre

Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00 at Angmering Baptist Church

Thursdays 13:00 – 14:30 at Westcourt Surgery

To contact the health visitors team , please call 01903 858129

Immunisations

Childhood immunisation clinics are held at The Coppice and Angmering Medical Centre. Appointments will be sent for children when their immunisations are due. Click here for more information about the present the immunisation schedule for children.

Other Patient Services

Medical Checks

Patients aged 16-75 who have not seen a doctor for a period of three years may make an appointment with the doctor or practice nurse for a medical check.

Patient ages 75 who have not been seen by a doctor for a period of 12 months may make an appointment with the doctor for a medical check.

Family Planning

All seven doctors are able to give advice on family planning and all forms of contraception during normal surgeries. In addition the practice nurses are qualified to give family planning advice. We also offer a service of coil insertion and long-acting contraceptive implants.

Counselling

If you wish to be referred for counselling please make an appointment to see a doctor.

Cervical Smears

This test can be performed by the practice nurses by appointment. We currently recommend that all women between the ages of 25 and 49 who are, or have been, sexually active should have a smear taken every 3 years and those ages between 50 and 64 should have a smear every 5 years.

Maternity Care

Maternity care is provided by the community midwife in conjunction with the doctors. All seven doctors are qualified to provide maternity care. Generally the antenatal care is shared with the hospital and patients are offered the choice of attending Worthing Hospital or St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

Minor Surgery

Minor surgery is carried out at the Angmering Surgery. Each case should be discussed with the doctor and an appointment will then be given. We also have a monthly clinic for freezing treatment of warts etc.

Chiropody

A private chiropodist attends the surgery. Please ask at reception for details of charges.

 
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