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NEWS FLASH !!! NEW WEBSITE for Foundry Medical Centre Lewes, follow this link to  learn about the Foundry, From its very early stages the Foundry Health ethos was much more than just moving to a new building or merging three surgeries into one - www.foundryhealthcarelewes.co.uk

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. 

Opening Times

The surgery is open at the following times.

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Monday08:30 - 18:30
Tuesday08:30 - 18:30 (closed 1pm-2pm)
Wednesday08:30 - 18:30
Thursday08:30 - 18:30 
Friday08:30 - 18:30 

Weekend  

Please see HERE Improved Access appointments below

HERE Improved Access Appointments

 

This is a pre –bookable NHS service you may have recently been offered an appointment at a Medical Practice to see a GP or other healthcare professional in the evenings or weekends.

 

Evening and weekend appointments are now available to book in  via your practice, please discuss with the reception/booking teams. In order to utilise one of these appointments, you will be required to give consent for access to your notes to both read and add to them. This will ensure continuity and safety despite the likelihood that you will be seen in a different practice by a clinician who is new to you. While the service has just begun, please bear with us while increase the availability of these appointments over the coming months.

 

Appointment times will be between 6.30pm and 8pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 8.30am and 12.15pm.

Hub locations: St Andrew's Surgery, School Hill Medical Practice, River Lodge Surgery and Anchor Field Surgery.

Sunday appointments will be held from St Andrews Surgery Lewes - 9:00am – 12:45pm

Feeling under the weather?

Make your community pharmacy your first port of call this winter

Community pharmacists are able to give you advice about how to use your medicines in a way that fits in with your lifestyle and helps you get the best possible benefit from taking your medicines. They can also highlight any possible side effects and talk to you about any concerns you may have about your medicines. All medicines can be dangerous and so above all your pharmacist is your ‘advocate’ and there to make sure taking your medicines is as safe as possible. Pharmacists are qualified to provide expert advice to help people manage their long-term conditions, or for common ailments such as a bad cough, wheezing, a cold or sore throat. Rest assured your pharmacist will tell you if something needs more urgent medical attention from your GP. They can also provide you with information about leading a healthier lifestyle, such as healthy eating or stopping smoking.

Pharmacies are a particularly convenient and accessible healthcare service as it’s possible to walk into any pharmacy and speak to the pharmacist without an appointment. Many pharmacies have longer opening hours than the average GP practice, and the vast majority have a private consultation area specifically for confidential or sensitive discussions.

About your pharmacist:

There are some common misconceptions about the role of a pharmacist, and the level of training they receive. Let me be clear; your local pharmacist is not just a shop assistant in a white coat! Pharmacists are highly trained and trusted health professionals whose remit goes far beyond simply dispensing medicines. As students they undertake a four year Master’s degree course in Pharmacy that teaches them about the origin and chemistry of drugs, the preparation and formulation of medicines and the actions and uses of medicines.

They then have a year ‘in practice’ during which they work in a pharmacy supervised by an experienced pharmacist, before taking a professional examination. Upon passing this examination they can then apply to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council, and call themselves a pharmacist. However, that isn’t the end of their training. Throughout their career, pharmacists continue to keep their knowledge up to date by undertaking continuing professional development, and many take further formal qualifications.

All of this means pharmacists are ideally placed to provide advice on a wide range of health issues.

What can your pharmacy offer you?

We all know that you can go to your local pharmacy to pick up a prescription, but there is far more on offer.

Community pharmacists are also able to give you advice about how to use your medicines in a way that fits in with your lifestyle and helps you get the best possible benefit from taking your medicines.

Dr Bruce Warner Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England

 
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