Practice Nurse Surgeries And Clinics
Appointments can be given for the practice nurse at any time during their surgery times. Patients do not need to have seen the doctor first.
Family Planning/HRT - The nurses are trained to prescribe the following:- contraceptive pills (including emergency contraception which may be given up to three days after unprotected sex), to fit and check the diaphragm, injectable contraceptives, to check the coil (fitting must be done by your doctor) and to advise on the menopause and to prescribe HRT. Please ask the receptionist for a family planning or HRT appointment.
Patients may see the nurses for advice on diabetes, asthma, heart problems and diet. Appointments may also be made for ear syringing and treatment of cuts or sprains.
The doctors are happy to carry out medicals eg insurance and driving licence. Please click here for details.
The health visiting team is based at Crowborough Hospital. They are able to advise individuals and families on aspects of health and development with focus on the pre-school child. They can be contacted on 01892 669393.
Special Services & Health Promotion
Our practice is committed to provide services not only for the sick but for those wishing to remain well. New patient check-ups, routine follow-up appointments of diabetic, asthmatic or hypertensive patients are by appointment with the practice nurse.The following scheduled services are also established.
By arrangement with the midwife.
The Group presents an opportunity to meet other local parents in an informal setting and to share and receive information on health-related topics with our health visitors. Thursdays by arrangement with the health visitors.
Child Health Clinic
1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons in the month, 2.00 - 3.30pm.
Child Health Developmental Surveillance
By arrangement with the health visitors.
Child Immunisation Clinic
Wednesday 2.00pm by appointment.
Wednesday morning. Held every four weeks.
By appointment with the doctor.
An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing and rest homes.
Once-only injection recommended for all patients aged 65 and over.
By appointment with the nurse.
Targeted Health Promotion Clinics
Asthma, CHD & Diabetes Clinics
By appointment with the practice nurse.
By appointment with a doctor (mornings only if cryotherapy etc).
By appointment with practice nurse or a doctor.
Periodic Health Checks
We encourage all our patients to share the responsibility for their health, both in prevention and treatment of disease. Consultations may therefore be provided for patients aged 16-74 who have not consulted a doctor here within the last three years and for patients aged 75 and over who have not consulted a doctor here within the last year.
Stop Smoking Services
Our practice records indicate that some of our patients are indeed smokers and we know that this carries health issues that could be significantly improved if you could stop smoking.
If you are no longer a smoker, please let us know next time you are in the practice and we can update our records.
We have a member of the team, Snahal Limbachia who is a specialist stop smoking adviser. She has worked to help people like you to stop smoking within the NHS in the East Sussex for many years and has specialist qualifications, so we are pleased to be able to offer her services to you, here at Ashdown Forest Health Centre.
Snahal will be running the clinic each week, but if that doesn't suit you the wider stop smoking team, Quit51 can offer you an alternative, such as quitting in a group, a face to face clinic in the community, a home visit or a telephone support service if that would suit you better.
To make an appointment, call free on 0800 622 6968 or text the word 'smokefree' to 66777 and one of the team will call you back, or you can always pop= into the practice and we can ask a staff member to contact you directly.
Whatever your choice, an adviser will see or contact you weekly and will give you support and licensed, regulated medication until you feel you are able to stay quit for good. (Max 12 weeks). Most of the people that the stop smoking service sees, stop smoking - why not join them?