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Vaccination Programme:

We are pleased to confirm the arrangements for our patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Please see below.

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COVID 19 Vaccination programme - LATEST NEWS

Martins Oak is part of a wider network of Rother GP practices teamed up with the Sussex Community Foundation Trust (SCFT) to administer the COVID 19 vaccinations locally. The Trust are coordinating the complex logistical arrangements and staffing for the vaccination centre. Patients will be invited as per the government's priority list starting with the over 80's, care home residents and front line workers. Please do not contact the surgery as we cannot book appointments for you as this will ultimately come from the site itself. We realise this is very frustrating for patients, as it is for us. We hope to announce the start date very soon.

Dr John Rivett retirement

Martins Oak Surgery loses a stalwart and great clinician after three decades of devotion. Dr John Rivett leaves a long legacy that has brought quality and innovation to more than just our surgery. His exacting standards have increased the reputation of this surgery to where it is today and over the years; he has given great service to not only Martins Oak but also the wider healthcare community.

His IT skills and knowledge of clinical systems has meant he has provided great help to the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and its predecessor the Primary Care Trust in templates and protocols to ensure surgeries all worked to the same standards. His innovative local information portal known as HARMLESS has still not been bettered and brought primary and secondary care information, pathways and guidelines to the whole of Hastings and Rother surgery network.

He has championed diabetic care for the whole of Hastings and Rother and been a strong voice for the Sussex cardiac Collaborative ensuring Heart Failure Nurses came to the community.

Modern General Practice brings with it a huge number of policies and procedures and his enthusiasm drive and attention to detail have been a tremendous advantage to us.

John is hugely talented and has a passion for languages so he will not be sitting still when he leaves us but moving to a new challenge studying modern languages at a London university in the autumn.

It is one thing to retire but in the middle of a pandemic it means we are not able to celebrate his achievements as we should. He will be greatly missed and we all wish him the very best for the future.

For Information

Contrary to some press and internet stories, most GP Surgeries have never stopped seeing patients.  From day 1 we continued to see patients in the surgery for assessment, review and treatments if face to face appointment was indicated.  We have transformed the way we work to enable more patients than ever to be helped by rapidly replacing carpets with vinyl to allow more rooms to be opened to face to face appointment.  We offer telephone, video, email consultations and yes we still do home visits.  Front door triage ensures all patients having to attend are a safe and distanced as possible and leave by other doors to the front to avoid crossing paths.  We clean down after EVERY patient.   At no time since the start of this pandemic has anyone been away from surgery duty unless annual leave, or shielding and this is a testament to the dedication of amazing team from Patient Administration dealing with over a thousand calls a week; our Nursing Team working tirelessly seeing their regular patients for dressings, injections, blood tests and urgent patching up;  to Doctors who have had to adapt overnight to using technology to continue to see patients in a different way and using their skills and knowledge to try to best help those in clinical need.  With the measures we have had to put in place we have managed to avoid bringing Covid-19 into the surgery and been able to maintain and expand our services to our patients.   Whilst Covid-19 is still a threat we will continue to telephone triage ALL patient facing appointments.  Therefore on entry to the surgery we will go through the questionnaire about symptoms, temperature, recent travel, cough or loss of sense of taste or smell & ask that you wear a face covering because we already know that most people attending the surgery are already ill or at risk and we will try to do everything to ensure you are protected whilst in our care.

ALL patients attending the Surgery for their pre-booked appointment will be asked to wear a face covering or mask in line with the latest advice.  On arrival, you will be met at the door and asked a few covid questions and have your temperature checked.

 

Latest News

My blood pressure review is due?

During the pandemic there are some other ways of reviewing blood pressure rather than attending the surgery in person.

The surgery has a limited supply of automated home blood pressure monitors to take home and record a series of results(for instance 3 readings a day for 3 days) then returning the monitor and readings to the surgery. Please ring the surgery to arrange.

Alternatively if you have access to an automated machine you can do the same. The British and Irish Hypertensive society has a list of approved monitors for home use if you wished to purchase one, which don’t need to be expensive CLICK HERE

Please send your home readings in to the surgery or email to admin.martinsoak@nhs.net


My annual Cholesterol blood test is due?

Generally speaking these can wait until times when it is safer and COVID-19 restrictions have eased. In general those people on “statin” medication for their cholesterol it is likely to be pretty stable.


Dr John Rivett will be leaving us in December this year after 27 years a GP here.  He is retiring (I know doesn't look old enough) and we are hoping to let all his patients know who will be taking over their care very soon.  He will be greatly missed by all here and the wider health community - especially for his lead work in diabetes across Hastings and Rother and the local resource & educational website he helped found for healthcare professions which has yet to be matched in quality by its replacements. 

Given current restrictions we cannot have a leaving bash for him but if anyone would like to send good luck type messages then please send to admin.martinsoak@nhs.net and we will put them together for him as a keepsake.


FACE COVERING

To protect you and other patients as well as our staff we require ALL patients to wear face coverings when attending the surgery for any pre-booked appointment.   

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering GOV.UK site


Registering a new Birth - new guidelines (Re COVID 19) - click here


Want to lose weight, give up smoking, move more, sleep better, eat more healthily ? 

One You can help with one or more of these in a plan to suit you and your needs. Go online or phone 01323 404600 to make a start in finding a new you. https://oneyoueastsussex.org.uk/ 


Cervical Screening possible scam

We have received reports that some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details.

 These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

 The Action Fraud Line has been contacted.

 


Advice for Parents during Coronavirus

Royal College of Paediatric Health has put out this useful advice sheet for parents - click on this link useful resource from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


Community Support for Coronavirus

Local volunteers are on hand to help people with food deliveries and prescription collection. If you are self-isolating and need support, get in touch with one of the groups below:

Battle Town Council 01424 772210 or 07309 732536

Helping Hands for Robertsbridge & Salehurst

Village Neighbours for Ewhurst, Staplecross & Cripps Corner

CrowhurstGroup@gmail.com

Crowhurst Support Group - 07395 932 355

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public


The surgery is taking every precaution to ensure risks are minimal.  We ask patients to be vigilant and aware of guidelines on self-isolation if any chance of contamination -  with posters on the main door requesting anyone with symptoms of even a cold to not enter but go home and check the Gov.uk website for up to date advice & guidance 

We are phone triaging ALL requests for appointments or home visits where a GP will decide on appropriate course of action/s. 

It is imperative to maintain surgery services that anyone who thinks they might have, or have been in contact with, coronavirus DO NOT ATTEND the surgery. Self isolate using the www.gov.uk

 


Treating your infection - a really useful guide to self help, expected recovery times & when to seek help - click on this link - Treating Your Infection Leaflet

 


Named GPs at Martins Oak Surgery

You will have been informed at registration who your Named (or Registered) GP is with the surgery.  If you are unsure who your Named/Usual GP is then you can

find it on the right hand side of any repeat prescription

Use your Emis ACESS online to see your Named GP

ask at the surgery when you next attend or make contact


New Firearm/Shotgun GP Medicals required

Follow link below for advice and guidance on applications or renewals.  This falls outside of normal GP NHS services and we have agreed a fee, for our registered patients, of £50.00 for this medical. The GP will have to access ALL your medical history to complete and sign off the form and see you for a 20 minute appointment.

https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fi/af/firearms-licensing/

 

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