• COVID-19 Vaccination

    The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

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URGENT NEWS ABOUT BLOOD TESTS

There is a national shortage of blood bottles, which is expected to last until at least 17th September 2021. This is affecting every healthcare service provider.

We have therefore been told by the NHS to postpone all non-urgent blood tests.

We will:

  • Review all of the required blood tests to determine those that can safely be delayed
  • Advise you if we feel that you urgently require having blood taken to assist your treatment
  • Add your name to a waiting list to rearrange your blood test
  • Advise you when the situation changes

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience.

This is something that is completely out of our control.

"Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment."
Ruth May
Chief Nursing Officer for England

Covid-19 Update July 13, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff and we will continue to do so going forward.

Over the past few months, we have started to open up more services to our patients and we want to restore as many of our services as quickly and as safely as possible.  This will involve more patients visiting the practice and this must be done in a safe way to protect our patients and staff.

Many of the patients who need to visit the practice have varying degrees of immunosuppression and are clinically extremely vulnerable.  Despite having both vaccinations some of these patients will not be fully protected.

We have a duty to safely treat all of our patients and therefore we want to provide as many additional services as possible whilst still being able to safely treat our vulnerable patients.  From the 19th July nothing will change at the surgery – we respectfully request that patients continue to wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE.

We are asking that all visitors to the building continue to wear masks or face coverings when entering the building, moving around the building and whilst in the waiting room.  Clinicians may ask you to remove them during consultations; any removed during a consultation should be replaced when leaving the consulting room unless there are special circumstances.

This is going to become even more important as we enter the winter season and the circulation of airborne viruses and infections increase. For patients who do not want to wear a mask in the practice we ask that they contact us prior to their appointment in order that arrangements can be made for them to be seen safely.

In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid 19 (face to face, by phone, by eConsult and by video), not counting vaccinating majority of the adult population twice in the last 6 months.

We have come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid-19 and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients and staff as we can.

We will keep all of this under regular review and thank you once again for your assistance and support.

Andrew Cornell
Practice Manager

Household contacts aged 12-15 of those who are severely immunosuppressed are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

If you fall into that category of adults given your current health condition, we want to ensure any household contacts aged 12-15 are offered a COVID-19 vaccination.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recently advised that household contacts of young people aged 16 years and over and adults with severe immunosuppression should be offered COVID-19 vaccination. This aims to reduce the risk of infection by vaccinating those most likely to transmit to immunosuppressed patients, as even though they may have received their COVID-19 vaccination, they may have lower protection from the vaccine given that they are immunosuppressed.

The revised JCVI advice applies to household contacts who are 12 to 15 years old who “expect to share living accommodation on most days…. and therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.” Household contacts aged 16 years and over are already eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.

Any household contacts in that age group can now book a vaccination appointment via their registered GP practice, who will then invite them to attend their GP-led Local Vaccination Service.

Any household contacts will need to attend with proof of address of the immunosuppressed contact, which should match the address held by the practice. This should happen on arrival for their vaccination appointment. They may also be asked for their date of birth.

Members of ‘bubbles’ that do not live with an immunosuppressed person for the majority of the week (frequent visitors and other non-carers who might visit the house often but not for the majority of the week, including overnight stays) are not included in the definition of ‘household contacts’ for the purpose of this vaccination programme, and should follow current advice on vaccination access, insofar as it relates to them.

For more information about the coronavirus vaccine, visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

As reported by the BBC:

England’s NHS app will be available to use as a vaccine passport from Monday, the government has said - but only for those who have had both doses of the jab.

A paper version will also be available - by calling 119 but not through a GP.

Both will be available from Monday, 17 May, when the ban on foreign travel is eased.

The NHS app is separate to the NHS Covid-19 app, which is used for contact tracing.

Please note that asking your practice for detailed coded access to your medical notes WILL NOT mean you can see your vaccination status on the NHS app, our advice is to wait until 17 May 2021.

Covid Vaccine Enquiries

There is now a phone number that patients can call if they have enquiries regarding the Covid Vaccination Programme which is 0800 433 4545 which is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

You can also visit the following link which provides answers to frequently asked questions.

https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/faqs-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/

You can also email your queries to the following address vaccineenquiries@nhs.net

Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting (EXTERNAL LINK)

Want advice from your doctor, self-help information or have an administrative request such as a sick note or test results? eConslt and get a response before the end of the next working day or sooner

We now request that anyone visiting the surgery wear protection over their mouth and nose. This could be a mask you have brought or a homemade face covering or scarf. This is to reduce your infection risk and to protect other patients and staff. We still advise to only come into the surgery if absolutely necessary.

Online Services Registration Form - For Repeat Medication Requests ONLY

To sign up for our Online Services please complete the form below and return to the Health Centre via email.

Please click here to download the form as a pdf (PDF, 89KB)

Please click here to download the form as a word document

Please note, this facility is for ordering Repeat Medication ONLY.

Due to advice from Public Health we have made the decision to prevent patients from booking appointments online. This is because we need to triage all appointments for any risks associated with infection.


Welcome To The Ashdown Forest Health Centre

Drs Miller, Baxter, Baseley, Fyfe, Naineni, Cannon, Manyam & Mahmood

This website has been designed to tell you about the practice and the services that we offer. Please read it carefully. We trust that you will find it helpful and informative.

Try the new NHS App

If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.

For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp

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Stop Smoking Services

Do you want to give up smoking? Have you been thinking about quitting? If so, do you know that at your local surgery 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 us on: 01323 404600 or Email us at: hello@oneyoueastsussex.org.uk - Search us on: www.oneyoueastsussex.org.uk

Our Ethos….

“To provide high quality evidence based and responsive healthcare to the local community whilst being respectful of the beliefs and values of the individuals that make up our community”

“To place patients at the heart of all we do and as partners in all decisions made”

“To value learning and teaching at all levels of the team and to foster a culture of lifelong professional development for all”

“To be open and understanding in the face of criticism or complaint to value the opportunities provided to improve the service provided”

“To embrace the concept of the team, to value all of its constituent members and embrace collaborative interdisciplinary working”

About Us

The Forest Row Practice started in 1876 at "The Elms", the house which stands opposite the health centre.

In 1968 it moved across the Lewes Road to a house on the present site, which was demolished to make way for the present day health centre which opened in 1982. The old oil street lamp at the entrance to the health centre formerly stood outside "The Elms" and was lit nightly by the doctor's coachman to guide the patients to the surgery.

Now electrified, it continues to serve the same purpose more than 100 years later.

There is one group of seven doctors working as a non-limited partnership and you may ask to see any doctor, although you will be registered with a specific GP for administrative purposes. You and your family will be asked to complete the registration forms.

The Health Centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm. We are also open alternate Saturdays 8.00am -  1.00pm.

Online Prescriptions, Appointments & Access to your Medical Record

Click here for online access

We use systmonline for ordering repeat prescriptions, booking appointments and for you to view your medical record summary online. Before you can use this service please contact reception to register for it. If you have already registered and wish to login, please click the systmonline logo above.

If you are a user of our previous online ordering system (Emis) your user name and password may still be working, if you find it is not, please contact reception who would be happy to assist.

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