Blood Tests Clinics are held in the mornings Monday to Friday. If you have been directed by your doctor to have a blood test, please make an appointment with reception. Please remember to bring the relevant form with you. Blood tests are also available at Worthing and St Richard's hospitals if your need is urgent. A Warfarin Clinic is held at Littlehampton Health Centre Tuesday 9.00 am - 10.00am.
Specimens are sent to the hospital each day. If you are asked to bring a specimen in, please ensure that we receive it before 12 noon to ensure it is taken to the hospital by hospital transport
There often seems to be some misunderstanding over when or why someone needs to obtain a medical certificate from his or her doctor.
To qualify for SSP (Statutory Sick Pay), a medical certificate is no longer required for absences of seven days or less.
If you are employed and absent from work due to ill health, you should obtain the DSS self-certification form (SC2) from your employer or at the reception desk, or use your employer's own self-certification form, if available.
Please note, however, that these are rules for SSP purposes only. An employer may apply more stringent rules for occupational sick pay purposes. If you are self-employed you should obtain a copy of DSS SC1.
Change Of Name and / or Address
To enable us to keep our records up to date, it is very important that you inform us if you change your name and address. Please also include your telephone number.
If you move outside our practice area you will have to register with a new practice.
Non NHS Examinations
Some medical examinations, for example, diving medicals/HGV/DNA tests/fitness to travel and pre-employment medicals, are not covered by NHS arrangements. These examinations are done by special arrangement in surgery time and a fee is payable. See a lists of fees and charges
Cervical Smear Tests
Our practice nurses run a weekly clinic and can also offer early morning appointments for workers at 8:00am
A diabetic nurse holds a weekly clinic for diabetes sufferers.
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.
Chronic Disease Monitoring Clinic (CDM)
This annual review clinic is for patients who have one of the following conditions: coronary heart disease, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, strokes, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, COPD and mental health problems. You will be sent an appointment by the surgery to see our healthcare assistant who will carry out basic checks. You will then be made an appointment to see the nurse or the doctor if necessary. If you are unable to make the appointment please telephone 01903 735232.
Smoking Cessation Clinic
These clinics are run by our healthcare assistant and are held weekly. Please ask at reception for information or to book an appointment.
Advice leaflets can be obtained at reception. To access this service, please ask for an appointment with a nurse or the treatment room
Family Planning Advice
Our practice nurses are qualified to give family planning advice. (Please note that the practice now offers a coil and contraceptive/implant insertion service.) Patients needing emergency contraception should telephone the surgery and will usually be given an appointment within four hours.
Child Health Checks And Immunisations
Our doctors and health visitors offer health checks and the practice nurses give immunisations. Your child will be sent an appointment by the surgery.
Appointments for travel vaccinations can be booked at reception. Please let the receptionist know which country you are travelling to, as this helps the nurse to have the correct vaccinations ready when you arrive.
Flu clinics are run from October onwards each year. All patients who are over 65 or deemed to be at risk, will be invited for a jab. When you receive your invitation, please telephone for an appointment.
This is a special clinic held by a qualified doctor for minor surgery and will be arranged by your usual doctor.
Minor Illness Clinic
This is a nurse-run clinic, held every weekday morning.
Patients over 65 or those deemed to be at risk will be invited to receive this vaccination to protect them from pneumonia.
Fitzalan Medical Group also offers 21 extra services to all our patients, which include:
• MS Sufferers Care
• 24-Hr Blood Pressure Monitoring
For access to any of these services please ask at reception or telephone the surgery on 01903 735200