We offer a range of clinics and services. Find out more here.
Dr Sewell provides a minor surgery clinic every Friday morning in Battle for the removal of lumps and bumps and other procedures. You can be referred to the clinic following a routine appointment with your doctor.
We are able to treat some minor injuries. Contact the surgery to ask for advice and we will book an appointment or advice you if you need to go to A&E or a minor injuries unit.
Asthma, CHD, Hypertension
Patients will be invited for an annual review with the doctor or practice nurse in their birthday month. For asthma, this includes medication dose and strength, inhaler techniques and peak flow recordings.
Cardiovascular Risk Assessments
A cardiovascular risk assessment is available to all registered patients aged between 40 – 75 years of age. It is designed to assess the risk of stroke and heart attack based on current health and various lifestyle factors that may affect future well being. It includes a blood test for cholesterol, a blood pressure check, and other tests (such as ECG, X-ray) that may be deemed appropriate. Patients who overall risk is found to be 20% or greater may be prescribed medication as well as receiving healthy lifestyle information and invitations for annual reviews. Those who are below 20% risk are reviewed on a 5-yearly basis pending other events in the interim years that may bring about any change.
Diabetes and insulin initiation clinic
Our general diabetic clinic is run by our nurses with specialist training in diabetes. This involves an initial blood test taken by our HCA, with a follow-up appointment with one of our nurses two weeks later. At this appointment, the nurse will look at your blood test results and discuss appropriate treatment with you. If you require insulin, you will be invited to an Insulin Initiation Clinic with a GP and nurse.
Diabetic patients are also invited for diabetic eye screening at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Find out more information about eye screening and the appointment on their website.
NHS Health check
As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Your free NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you. If you are aged 40-74 and you have not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years, book an appointment to see our Health Care Assistant who can do the check for you. Find out more about NHS Health Checks on nhs.uk.
Patients over the age of 75 who have not been seen by a member of the Primary Health Care team within the last three years will be offered an appointment with the practice nurse.
A full family planning and contraception service is available, please ask at reception for an appointment. Dr Rivett provides coil (IUCD) fittings. We are not able to fit Contraceptive implants but these can be arranged by the Sexual Health Clinic at Station Plaza, Hastings. If you require Emergency Contraception we will see you the same day, please inform the receptionist that you need to be seen urgently. Find out more about contraception on nhs.uk or visit Sexwise – a website about contraception, pregnancy, STIs and more.
Cervical Screening or Smears
Women under 50 will be called every three years for smear tests and over 50 years every five years. You will receive a letter when your smear is due. Find out more about smears at nhs.uk and Jo’s Trust.
Coronavirus update: we are now able to give routine smears. Our nurses will wear full PPE and ensure the room is cleaned before and after your smear. The nurse will contact you in advance of your appointment to go through the procedure and any questions you have. This means you spend less time on site. If you have any coronavirus symptoms on the day of your smear, please cancel and re-book your appointment.
It’s worth talking to a GP if you have menopausal symptoms that are troubling you or if you’re experiencing symptoms of the menopause before 45 years of age. Find out more about the menopause on nhs.uk.
Be breast aware
It is important that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always have any changes examined by a GP. Find out how to check your breasts on nhs.uk.
As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years. You will receive a letter when your breast screening is due. Find out more about breast cancer screening on nhs.uk.
NHS bowel screening bowel cancer screening is offered to people aged 60 or over, as this is when you’re more likely to get bowel cancer. Screening depends upon your age:
- If you’re 60 to 74, you’ll automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every 2 years.
- If you’re 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
- If you’re too young for screening but are worried about a family history of bowel cancer, speak to a GP for advice.
Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age – do not wait to have a screening test. Find out more about the symptoms of bowel cancer on nhs.uk.
It’s important to know your body and to tell your GP if you notice a change which isn’t normal for you. Anyone can develop cancer, but it’s more common as we get older – most cases are in people aged 50 or over. Don’t put something new or different about your body down to getting older or another health condition you might have. If you notice any unusual changes or anything that doesn’t go away, see your GP. Find out more about cancer at nhs.uk and visit Cancer Research UK’s website for key signs and other useful information.
One You provide support to stop smoking at Battle Health Centre. Visit their website to find out more and book an appointment for support to stop smoking.
Our Practice Nurses give baby and pre-school immunisations. You will be sent a letter when your child’s immunisations are due. The nurse will explain the immunisation process to you and answer any questions you have. Find further information on immunisations at nhs.uk.
School age immunisations are given by the school nursing team at school. You can contact the School Nursing Team via their website or find out more about school age immunisations at nhs.uk.
We provide routine adult vaccines. Find out what adult vaccines are available on nhs.uk. We do not give occupational health vaccines for work – see below.
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Our flu clinics take place in the autumn. Contact our Reception Team to book your place on 01580 880790. Unsure if you are eligible? Find out if you are eligible for a flu vaccine on nhs.uk or contact our reception team.
If you are planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world. We can provide your travel vaccinations; or you may prefer to visit a private travel clinic or pharmacy who may be able to offer greater flexibility with appointments. Visit the Travel page on our website.
Occupational health vaccinations
We do not provide an occupational health service for work vaccines. This is because it does not form part of our NHS contract and we do not have the relevant training, guidance or indemnity to be able to do it. Under Health and Safety legislation, employers are responsible for making arrangements with a suitably qualified occupational health medical service to provide a risk assessment and arrange protection for employees, including, where necessary, immunisation against hepatitis B.
The same applies for health care students. Medical schools are responsible for providing a full occupational health service to their students and applicants, including hepatitis B.
Fear of Flying
Due to a medical safety alert update we have received from Aviation trained doctors, we have been advised to no longer prescribe sedating drugs such as Diazepam, which is sometimes used to treat fear of flying, and medications such as Zopiclone, which is used as a sleeping tablet. Visit the Fear of Flying page on our website.
We have some limited appointments for ear syringing. Evidence shows that oiling and also self-irrigation can work well for a significant number of patients. An ear syringing bulb can be purchased from your pharmacist. Read our Ear syringing guide. If you are still experiencing problems after self-treatment, book an appointment with a GP to examine your ears. They will then refer you for ear syringing or possibly micro-suction at a community clinic.
We currently have a waiting list for ear syringing. We are booking on a first come; first served basis. If your need is urgent, you can get your ears syringed privately at:
SPIRE Sussex Hospital (Hastings): For an appointment or for more information call 01424 554880
Ear Wax Clinics: For an appointment at the Ear Wax Clinics visit their website. Clinics are available in:
- Hailsham Tel 0808 302 2236 Open Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm
- Wadhurst Tel 0808 302 2341 Open Mon-Fri 9am to 5.30pm & Sat 9am to 1pm
- Heathfield Tel 0808 302 2242/3 Open Mon-Fri 9am to 5.30pm & Sat 9am to 1pm
- Polegate Tel 0808 302 2299 Open Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm
Vitamin D is a hormone made in our bodies in the presence of sunlight. It is also found in small amounts in foods. Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health, and supports a healthy immune system. During winter, and ideally all year around, children from one year old and adults in the UK should take a daily supplement containing at least 400 international units (IU) of Vitamin D. This is equivalent to 10 micrograms (μg). This is because there is not enough sunlight in the UK during winter (October to March) for the body to make its own Vitamin D. Find out more about Vitamin D.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
If you’re worried you have got an STI go for a check-up at a sexual health clinic as soon as you can. Our GPs are able to offer advice and self-swabs but a Sexual Health Clinic provide the full range of tests and will often get test results quicker. Find out more about STIs at nhs.uk.
Our nearest Sexual Health Clinic is at: Arthur Blackman Clinic, Battle Road, St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex, TN37 7AN. Contact Telephone Number: 01424 464 750. Visit their website at www.eastsussexsexualhealth.co.uk