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Noticeboard contents :  New website for the Foundry, Text Messaging for appointments, On-Line access, 'Live Well, Feel Better' and Giving up smoking

NEWS FLASH !!! NEW WEBSITE for Foundry Medical Centre Lewes, follow this link to  learn about the Foundry, from its very early stages the Foundry Health ethos was much more than just moving to a new building or merging three surgeries into one - www.foundryhealthcarelewes.co.uk

 

  • March 12, 2018 - Press Release

     

    £55k award for new health hub in heart of Lewes

     

    Plans to improve access to GPs and provide a broader range of health services in Lewes have been recognised by a £55,000 government award for the new health hub in North Street Quarter.

     

    The award comes from The Greater Brighton One Public Estate Programme which supports projects that improve public services, stimulate economic growth and free up land for regeneration. It was awarded following a joint bid from Lewes District Council and local healthcare partners, including Lewes’s three GP practices who will join forces to offer more services and improved access for local people.

    School Hill Medical Practice, St Andrews Surgery and River Lodge Surgery will relocate into the new health hub, while still retaining the Ringmer branch surgery for the community. The creation of a health hub in the heart of the town will help meet increased demands on local GP practices. More appointments will be available as the health hub will be open seven days a week and will bring together other healthcare providers including a practice pharmacist, paramedic and nurse specialists.

    The grant will be used to design the facilities and spaces inside the hub. Specialist healthcare architects Murphy Philipps have been appointed to carry out the work, which will help health providers to plan their move into the hub and ensure the new premises meet their operational needs. The external design of the health hub has been carried out by the team of architects working on North Street Quarter and has been given full planning approval.

     

    Dr Jason Heath, GP partner at St Andrews Practice, said: “We are one step closer to being able to offer high quality integrated General Practice from the very heart of the town, in a way that is sustainable and secured for the local community for the future.

     

    “We will now work with architects Murphy Philipps on the specifications of the design on the state-of-the-art premises, which will see an integrated primary and community care facility with the long term aim to transform the delivery of health and social care in the town, and better support people to lead healthy lives.” 

     

    Marc Levinson from specialist healthcare architects Murphy Philipps, said: “We are very excited to be part of the team on this exciting project to enhance health services for local people. We will be working closely with health providers to tailor the new facilities to make sure they meet the needs of the community, and are fit to provide first rate care.”

     

    The North Street Quarter health hub forms part of a wider model for Lewes with the development of a health and social care campus, encompassing both existing facilities and a new facility. The Lewes Health Campus will be a catalyst for change to health and social care for the whole town of Lewes and wider population.

     

    There is no need for patients registered at the three surgeries to do anything to get a new GP as they remain registered with the GP partners working from Lewes Health Hub.

    Updates about the progress of the Health Hub will be posted on the North Street Quarter website. Please visit www.northstreetqtr.co.uk for further information.

  • On-Line access. Please see links on the Home Page for more details about on-line access for Appointments, Repeat Prescriptions, access to your Patient Records and access to test results.

  • Live Well, Feel Better - for more details see the link on the home page

 Life Well Feel Better

  • Free Health Checks for all patients aged 40-75 - If you would like to benefit from a free Health Check please contact us to find out if you qualify. Health Check surgeries are currently running. 

  • ‘Do you want to give up smoking?  Have you been thinking about quitting?  If so, do you know that you can get access to your local stop smoking service who have a proven track record in helping people to stop smoking and stay stop.  If you are interested in giving up or need any advice on the best way to do so why not ring the surgery on the number above and ask about the how you can access the service locally near you’ or click this link - NHS Smokefree

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Coil Fitting

 

 

If you are thinking about having a coil fitted there are a few things that you will need to do before you can have this procedure done:

  1. You will firstly need to book an appointment with one of our GPs who can fit coils (the Receptionist will be able to inform you of which doctors can perform the procedure) in order to discuss having the coil fitting procedure, any concerns and to sign a consent form.  If you want to have a Copper coil fitted, or re-fitted, please request this to the GP for them to write out a prescription for this.
  2. If the GP does not take swabs at the time of your appointment, you will need to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse to have these done prior to your coil fitting.
  3. Once the swab results have been received, you will need to book an appointment in a designated Coil Clinic.  These are mainly based at both River Lodge Surgery and are run by a GP and a Practice Nurse or Healthcare Assistant.
  4. Before your fitting you must ensure:
  • If you are having a Copper coil fitted, please ensure you bring the coil with you (the doctor should have issued a prescription to you prior to the fitting;
  • You should abstain from sexual intercourse from when you start your period until the fitting, unless you are using another adequate form of contraception, i.e. the Pill (not if you are using condoms or the withdrawal method).  If you are having a coil renewal, you must abstain from sexual intercourse 7 days prior to your fitting;
  • You should eat breakfast before the fitting
  • Take two painkillers 30 minutes before your fitting
  • Please bring a sanitary towel with you for after the fitting


If you do not adhere to the guidance above, the GP may not be able to proceed with the fitting on the day.

 

 

 
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