We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a practice nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.
Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Your pharmacist can help too
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just give your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
There are times when we all need support to address life’s challenges. Knowing how to access available support locally can make a big difference. Social Prescribing helps you to explore services, groups and activities that can support you to improve your health and emotional wellbeing. Examples include healthy lifestyles, active lives, befriending, counselling, housing, benefits, financial support, employment, training, getting involved with local groups and accessing specialist services and support.
Social prescribing in East Sussex is provided by Community Connectors. Their Team of Community Navigators will work with you to provide support and encouragement and create a personalised plan to help you connect with services in your community.
Visit their website to find out more: Community Connectors. Appointments are available at Battle Health Centre.
One You East Sussex
One You East Sussex can help you get back to a healthier you and support you to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life. They provide tools, motivational support and encouragement every step of the way to help you improve your health right away. Eat well, move more, be smokefree.
More information and to self-refer, visit their website oneyoueastsussex.org.uk. Appointments are available at Battle Health Centre.
Mental health self referral
We all go through low points at times in our lives and it is not unusual to experience symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression. You can self refer to Health in Mind which is a free NHS service for anyone in East Sussex experiencing these kinds of emotional or psychological difficulties.
Whether it is 1:1 treatment, guided self help, educational courses or online treatment, they have skilled therapists that can provide the support you need to feel positive and in control once again. To access the service, contact them directly:
Call 0300 00 30 130
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Are you at risk of falls? East Sussex County Council have a useful guide to reducing your risk of falls and provide help and support. Find out more.
Out of hours: NHS 111
If you need help when we are closed, call NHS 111 or visit their website 111.nhs.uk. They will put you in touch with the Out of Hours GP Service if required.
Hastings Walk In Centre
You can also attend the Walk in Centre based at Station Plaza Centre, Station Approach, Hastings TN34 1BA. Open 08:00 – 20:00 hrs every day.
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Our nearest A&E is at:
The Conquest Hospital, The Ridge, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN37 7RD.
Tel: 0300 131 4500
Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?” If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.