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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. 

Clinics & Services

Practice nurses

The practice nurses provide essential additional services to the healthcare we offer  by carrying out the following:

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Disease Management clinics

  • Asthma 
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • COPD
  • Hypertension

Cervical smears

Childhood immunisations

Family planning Health

Health Promotion Clinics

Travel vaccinations

New patient registration checks

The surgery also provides ECGs, spirometry, anti coagulation monitoring, ear syringing and all contraceptive services.

Appointments to see the nurses or health care assistant may be booked at reception.

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As well as assisting the practice nurses, the healthcare assistant is responsible for:

  • Blood pressure checks
  • Blood tests
  • Wound dressing
  • Suture removal
  • Anti-coagulation monitoring
  • ECG's

Maternity care

All our doctors are on the East Sussex Brighton and Hove Health Authority’s approved list for Maternity Services. Care is shared with the hospital consultant and our attached midwife.

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Most of your ante and post-natal care will be carried out either in the surgery by your doctor or at The Children's Centre in Malling Community Centre, Malling by the midwife.

You will see the consultant and have any necessary scans at Victoria Hospital. Most babies in this area are delivered at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, but some from this Practice are born at home.

Children's development checks

These are provided at regular intervals by the doctors, health visitors and the practice nurse.  The screening checks monitor growth, development and the wellbeing of children.  doctor_checking_baby

Children's immunisations

It is very important for children to be immunised against childhood ilnesses.  If you have any questions about immunisations, please discuss them with your doctor.

You will receive an appointment when your child’s immunisations are due.

Cervical smear  tests

Available to all women and performed by the doctor or practice nurse.  These are normally performed every three years but more frequently in certain cases.

Disease management clinics

These include clinics for asthma, hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease.

An asthma nurse specialist holds a weekly clinic for asthma sufferers. Patients are either referred by one of the doctors or invited to attend as part of a routine review of medication.

Patients with diabetes are monitored  by the doctor and practice nurse at regular intervals in order to prevent long term complications of the illness. A diabetic nurse specialist holds a monthly clinic at the surgery.

Flu vaccines

Flu vaccinations are usually given annually in the autumn to those groups of patients who may be at risk, such as the elderly or those suffering from heart or chest conditions. If you feel that you need a flu vaccination, please discuss it with your doctor.

Minor surgery

Certain procedures can be undertaken at the surgery and are arranged after an initial assessment by your doctor.

 
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