News

13th Mar

Junior Doctors Strike

From Monday 13th March until Thursday 16th March junior doctors are expected to take strike action.
If you have an appointment booked, please attend as planned, unless you have been contacted to reschedule your appointment.
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8th Mar

International Womens Day 2023

We are incredibly proud to have a network built of strong, innovative, forward-thinking women. Here are a few of them from practice/senior management to clinical/non-clinical staff, GPs and admin staff.

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28th Feb

The Network Podcast

Horsham Central PCN are proud to announce the launch of their new podcast. This is designed to inform and educate our community and staff on the services we offer.

CLICK HERE to view.

27th Feb

Dementia Information - Orchard Surgery (Horsham Central PCN)

30 people from Horsham District attended an information evening on Tuesday evening at Orchard surgery. There were fascinating presentations from Alzheimers Society Horsham, Horsham Rusty Brains, Horsham Central Primary Care Network Social Prescribing team and staff from Orchard surgery. People shared their experiences of dementia and we discussed how as a community we could provide more support for those who are living with dementia and their carers.
 
There are plans to develop a series of supportive and informative sessions for patients with dementia and their carers. If you would like to attend these or help us to design them or both, please get in touch by ringing Orchard Surgery on 01403 253966.
13th Feb

Orchard Surgery Dementia Information Evening Tuesday 21st February 2023

Would you like to learn more about dementia? Perhaps you care for someone or have a family member who as dementia. Have you been newly diagnosed with Dementia?
Join us on Tuesday 21st February from 6.30-8 pm for an evening with Orchard Surgery, Horsham Central Primary Care Network, Alzheimer's Society Horsham and Rusty Brains Horsham. Hear from our speakers about how we look after patients with Dementia and their carers in Orchard Surgery and in our local community.
 
Light refreshments available
Please RSVP as we have limited seating, stating if you are bringing a friend or partner.
Please email sxicb-wsx.orchard.horsham.nhs.net or call 01403 246860
7th Feb

AUTUMN COVID-19 CLINICS

Following latest NHS guidance, Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations for this Autumn / Winter phase will end on Sunday 12th Feb.

Patients requiring a primary dose (first and second) will still be able to book via the NHS website national booking system and can still be seen as walk-ins via our community pop up clinics. This applies to all ages.

To confirm, ALL booster offers will cease; this includes first boosters after primary course vaccinations and boosters offered via specialist allergy clinics.

To see further guidance, book an appointment or see our walk-in clinics, please visit allianceforbettercare.org/vaccination-programme-patients/

23rd Jan

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

 

This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Ollie, Emily and the PCN Care Coordinator's are teaming up to help raise some awareness.

 

If you have recieved a letter, or are overdue your smear test, please call your GP practice and book one today.

 

Together we are stronger!

18th Jan

eConsult Changes

With effect from 14th November, our eConsult service will be managed by our federation, Alliance for Better Care CIC (ABC) with the aim of improving access for our patients.

For you, our patients, there will be no change to the process of completing your e Consult, however you may be contacted by a GP or Nurse Practitioner from ABC on behalf of the practice. If they are unable to help or feel it is more appropriate for your own GP to contact you, they will ask them to do so .

6th Dec 2022

SCARLET FEVER

Scarlet fever – advice for parents and carers

Scarlet fever, or ‘Strep A’, is caused by bacteria called group A streptococci (strep).

Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, but it is highly infectious. Therefore, look out for symptoms in your child, which include a sore throat, headache, and fever, along with a fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel.

On darker skin, the rash can be more difficult to detect visually, but will have a sandpapery feel.

Contact NHS 111 or your GP practice if you suspect your child has scarlet fever, because early treatment of scarlet fever with antibiotics is important to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia.

If your child has scarlet fever, keep them at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

In very rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep (iGAS). While still uncommon, there has been an increase in invasive Group A strep cases this year, particularly in children under 10, and sadly a small number of deaths which are being investigated.

It is important to mention that there are lots of viruses that cause sore throats, colds and coughs this time of year. In most cases, these infections will be a mild illness and can be treated at home. These should resolve without medical intervention. If you do need advice, your community pharmacy is a great first port of call for minor health issues. However, children can on occasion develop a bacterial infection on top of a virus and that can make them more unwell.

As a parent, if you feel that your child seems seriously unwell, you should trust your own judgement.

Contact NHS 111 or your GP practice if:

· your child is getting worse

· your child is feeding or eating much less than normal · your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration

· your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38°C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39°C or higher

· your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty

· your child is very tired or irritable.

Call 999 if:

· your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs

· there are pauses when your child breathes

· your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue

· your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake.

Good hand and respiratory hygiene are important for stopping the spread of many bugs. By teaching your child how to wash their hands properly with soap for 20 seconds, using a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, and keeping away from others when feeling unwell, they will be able to reduce the risk of picking up or spreading infections.

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What you need to know – advice for parents and carers this winter

This is the first winter without pandemic restrictions in two years, and you and your children may be more susceptible to the usual winter bugs and viruses this year.

Winter bugs and viruses are usually mild, but can sometimes become more serious, particularly in younger children or if an infection spreads to a vulnerable family member.

There are several common infections that your child might pick up over the winter period. In most cases, these infections will be a mild illness and can be treated at home. However, in some cases they might get worse and require medical help.

Some common infections include:

Flu

Flu can be an unpleasant illness in children causing a fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can last several days or longer.

In most cases, flu will be a mild illness in children.

Some children can get a very high fever, sometimes without the usual flu symptoms, and may need to go to hospital for treatment. Serious complications of

flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia. The best way for your child to avoid flu, to ensure your child is vaccinated against flu. Learn more about the flu symptoms to look out for and who to contact, as well as vaccination.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV is a common winter virus which affects children under the age of two.

Most cases are not serious and cause mild coughs and colds.

It is also the most common cause of bronchiolitis infants. Bronchiolitis can make breathing harder and cause difficulty feeding.

RSV can be more severe in premature babies, babies under 2 months and infants with underlying health conditions that increase their risk of acute lower respiratory tract infection. Breathing in cigarette smoke also increases the risk of a child getting bronchiolitis, so it is important not to smoke around your child. Learn more about the bronchiolitis symptoms to look out for and who to contact if you have concerns.

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, but it is highly infectious and levels are higher than normal this year. Therefore, look out for symptoms in your child, which include a sore throat, headache, and fever, along with a characteristic fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel.

Contact your GP practice or NHS 111 if you suspect your child has scarlet fever, because early treatment of scarlet fever with antibiotics is important to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia.

If your child has Scarlet Fever, keep them at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Getting help and advice

As a parent, you may know if your child seems seriously unwell and should trust your own judgement.

You should contact your GP practice or call 111 if:

· your child has had a cold and is getting worse

· your child is feeding or eating much less than normal · your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration

· your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39C or higher

· your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty

· your child is very tired or irritable

Call 999 or go to A&E if:

· your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs

· there are pauses when your child breathes · your child's skin, tongue or lips are blue

· your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

By teaching your child how to wash their hands properly with soap for 20 seconds, using a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, and keeping away from others when feeling unwell, they will be able to reduce the risk of picking up, or spreading, many bugs. An e-bug resources for Early Years can help you to explain to your child what good hygiene habits are, how they can practice them and why they are important.

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25th Nov 2022

eConsult Changes

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23rd Nov 2022

Information for Patients

14th Sep 2022

Enhanced Access

 

Our PCN (Holbrook, Park, Orchard and Riverside) is working in partnership with Alliance for Better Care (ABC) to provide the Enhanced Access clinics for patients.

 

From the 1st October 2022 ABC will now provide face to face and remote appointments on weekday evenings and on Saturdays. Speak to our reception team to find out more.

 

Opening hours for Holbrook Surgery from the 1st October will be as follows:

 

Monday  8.00am – 18.30pm doors close at 18.00pm

Tuesday  8.00am – 18.15pm doors close at 18.15pm

Wednesday 8.00am – 18.15pm doors close 18.15pm

Thursday 8.00am – 18.30pm doors close at 18.00pm

Friday 8.00am – 18.30pm doors close at 18.00pm

 

6th Sep 2022

AUTUMN COVID-19 & FLU CLINICS

Horsham Central PCN (Park, Holbrook, Orchard and Riverside Surgeries) will be offering both the Covid Booster and Flu vaccination appointments to all eligible registered patients. We are working with our GP federation, Alliance for Better Care to deliver the programme and will be running regular clinics at Holbrook Surgery, 9 Bartholomew Way, Horsham, RH12 5PL

 

Clinics dates are as follows:

 

18.9.22 10.00am – 17.00pm Covid only

24.9.22 10.00am - 16.00pm Flu only

25.9.22 9.00am - 17.30pm Covid/Flu

1.10.22 10.00am – 16.00pm Flu only

2.10.22 9.00am - 17.30pm Covid/Flu

8.10.22 10.00am – 16.00pm Flu Only

9.10.22 9.00am - 17.30pm Covid/Flu

 

When will I get my appointment? Patients aged 65 and above and patients under 65 who are in a clinical at-risk group will be invited via SMS to book, with appointments available from the 18th September   Patients aged 50-64 years old will be able to book once these priority groups have been vaccinated.

 

How will I get my appointment? 

Appointments can be booked via the NHS website or by calling 119 from the 7th of September or you can check the Alliance for Better Care Walk-In Clinic page.  Where possible, we aim to offer the Flu jab for eligible patients at the same time as their Covid Booster - depending on vaccine availability. Please note - patients who have their Covid boosters in early September might be asked to return for their Flu jab at a separate appointment. 

 

Patients who only want a flu vaccination

 

We will be running “flu only clinics” on certain dates and patients will be invited via SMS from the 19th September 2022. For those patients who do not have a mobile phone they will receive a call to book their appointment.

 

Walk-ins

 

At present we will not be offering walk-in clinics. Please visit the https://allianceforbettercare.org/vaccination-programme-patients/ for updates on alternative walk-in clinics.

 

While this next phase focuses on the delivery of booster doses to eligible patients, we continue to welcome patients aged 5+ for first and second doses only of the Covid vaccine. Simply book via the National Booking System or attend one of the appropriate Walk-In Clinics. From September 2022, individuals aged 16 to 49 years who are not eligible for a booster in the autumn campaign will cease to be eligible for a catch-up booster from earlier campaigns. The exception to this could be for younger frontline health care workers, where there may be an advantage to minimising absenteeism over the winter period when most respiratory infections are circulating. As protection from mild disease following a booster is likely to be short lived, this group may be offered boosting later in the autumn programme although such considerations should be subject to operational flexibility.

12th Aug 2022

BANK HOLIDAY (AUGUST)

Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsburys, Horsham will be open for prescriptions on the Bank Holiday at the end of August.

1st Apr 2022

NEW PATIENTS

New Patient Registrations

 

Holbrook Surgery regrets that it is not at present able to register NHS patients.

The decision has been taken in order to ensure the practice can continue to safely provide NHS services to its currently registered patients.

The practice is not able to maintain a waiting list of patients who would like to register in the future.

Once Holbrook Surgery is able to commence accepting NHS registrations, this information will be available at reception and on the practice website.

If you are not currently registered with an NHS General Practitioner locally, and need to see a doctor or a nurse, you can attend the Walk in Centre at Crawley Hospital, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7DH or contact GP Allocations phone number (Tel: 07425 616194) and email address sxccg.gpallocations@nhs.net also https://www.westsussexccg.nhs.uk/your-care/finding-a-local-nhs-service/help-for-patients-if-a-gp-practice-has-suspended-new-registrations/  for further advice.

31st Mar 2022

NEW WEBSITE

WELCOME!

Holbrook Surgery is proud to announce its new, improved and updated website to our patients.