As you are aware, Churchwood, Hastings Old Town and Warrior Square medical practices are
proposing to come together as Hastings and Rother Healthcare from January 2021. Since we launched the patient awareness campaign, we have had feedback from some patients that they would like a forum to have a more in-depth discussion with the opportunity to ask questions.
We would like to invite patients from all three surgeries to a virtual online meeting hosted by our practice partners on Tuesday 11th August at 11:00 & 18:00 to answer any questions you may have regarding the merger.
Join Zoom Meeting @ 11:00
Meeting ID: 817 2021 0894
Join Zoom Meeting @ 18:00
Meeting ID: 871 8801 5189
Everything you need to know about cervical screening
Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.
Our nurses are trained to do all they can to put you at ease during your appointment and are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. However, whether you attend your screening or not, is ultimately your choice.
As part of a national infection control scheme, we are kindly asking all patients attending appointments to wear a face-covering when entering the surgery.
If you forget to bring a face covering, please ask a member of our team who will be able to assist you.
Hastings and Rother Healthcare Merger proposal:
Churchwood, Hastings Old Town and Warrior Square practices are proposing to come
together as Hastings and Rother Healthcare from January 2021.
These proposals will not result in any significant changes to the services our patients
receive and patients will still be seen at their original surgery and have access to the
same clinicians should they wish.
Merging will introduce some important changes to improve patients’ experience and their
ability to access services.
Some of these improvements include:
. The ability to offer appointments for patients at other sites, should one be available
sooner (this means we maximise all of our daily appointment slots).
. Access to a wider range of clinicians – such as Clinical Pharmacists, Prescribers,
Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Paramedics, Mental Health Workers, Physiotherapists
and General Practitioners with specific interests, such as cardiology and diabetes.
. An advanced support function and upgraded telephone systems – Investing in more
advanced call handling technology and robust online appointment booking, which will
result in better response times and a broader range of skilled support personnel to
manage patient queries.
Our overarching goal is to provide patients and staff with a more effective way of offering the
highest levels of healthcare by integrating our systems and providing access to a wider
range of services.
Can I still see my clinician at my registered practice?
Yes. Your current services will stay the same, however, you will be given more options to
take advantage of if you require specialist treatment or an earlier appointment.
Will I be expected to visit different surgeries after the merger?
You will not be expected to travel further than you are accustomed to. However, if we have
an appropriate appointment sooner, you will be offered this as an option.
How would I contact the surgery?
Contacting your surgery will remain the same, any background changes will be seamless to
Will the surgeries still open on an evening?
Our extended hours’ services will remain the same, our main goal is to improve services for
Is there parking at the surgeries?
Churchwood Medical Practice has a private car park and plenty of on-road parking
Hastings Old Town Surgery has a paid public car park directly next to it, free parking is
available via a 10-minute walk.
Warrior Square Surgery has free on-road parking available around the square and in
Can I request to register at a new surgery if I am not happy with the merger?
If you are in a catchment area where there is more than one surgery, you are entitled to
make an application to that practice to register with them. If you need any assistance you
can contact the Clinical Commissioning Group on firstname.lastname@example.org for a
We would appreciate if you could spare a few minutes to complete a very short
questionnaire and give your thoughts on some aspects of the proposed merger:
If you have any questions or concerns please contact email@example.com who will be happy to help.
We would like to remind everybody that under the current social distancing measures, we are carrying out a large number of appointments via telephone, it would be a great help if you could update your details with the surgery if they have changed.
Prescriptions during COVID 19 measures
“We are receiving an increase in requests for extra medication. Please note we will not be issuing larger than usual requests following NHS guidance that there is no need to stockpile medications. Patients stockpiling medications increases the risk of shortages for other patients”.
To ensure the ongoing health of our community we are still doing smears, childhood immunisations and other essential medical issues.
These will all be done at Churchwood medical practice in Hollington.
Patients entering the building are strictly screened and only allowed in if they have an appt. A limit to the number inside at any one time is being adhered to and time for thorough cleaning after each patient.
Please do call your usual practice to book in and if you aren’t sure whether something is essential eg blood test please call to check.
Don’t put these things off as we don’t want us to defeat corona but fall ill from something else very preventable.
AN ESSENTIAL DIGEST of all the lines of HELP
available in HASTINGS during Covid 19:
Hastings Covid-19 Community Support Hotline
Do you or does someone you know need help?
Residents of Hastings and St Leonards, or their friends, family or carers, can contact Hastings Borough Council on a special helpline: 01424 451019, open 9am – 5pm Monday – Thursday, 9am – 4.30 pm Friday. More info and an online form for non-urgent enquiries is available here:
Hastings Emergency Action Response Team
Visit the Hastings Heart website to ask for help with shopping, collecting medications, posting mail, dog walking or other errands and support: www.hastingsheart.com
Hastings Foodbank and the other social action projects run by King’s Church are still open! If you are facing financial hardship and need to be referred to the foodbank, or if you’re pregnant and in need and would like to be referred to Baby Basics, please contact Hastings Borough Council’s Covid-19 response number.
We are also fundraising at this time so that we can get food, toiletries, nappies and other essentials:
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Hastings Relief Fund
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Hastings Relief Fund so far. Many local residents have been supported by charities and community initiatives that have responded rapidly over the past few weeks, for example with food deliveries to the doorstep, or a friendly telephone call to someone who is isolated. You can find out more and donate to the Hastings Relief Fund here:
Funding for charities and other community initiatives
Last week the Government announced additional funding for charities and other community initiatives, to enable them to continue to provide vital support to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic or to set up new services to support their vulnerable clients at this time. You can find out about the Government’s announcement, and other sources of funding,here:
Care For the Carers
Care for the Carers are still here for carers and working hard to keep you connected with their services and one another. Their Carers Hub is open virtually and as a carer, you can access information, advice and guidance by contacting in the usual way, 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (except Bank Holidays). You can get in touch as follows:
• Call us on: 01323 738390
• Text: 07860 077300
Beware of scams!
We are aware of a few reports of scams, with unscrupulous people trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. Please be as vigilant as ever, and if you have any concerns please contact the relevant organisation directly, and follow the Police’s Action Fraud’s advice:
Our coronavirus resources news page has been updated with the latest information on keeping safe, supporting others and useful information for groups and organisations, including easy-read guidance on how to support those most likely to get poorly from coronavirus.
Coronavirus Street Based Response
Looking for street based support in your area? Sam Kinch and the Heart of Hastings team have been working to log street-based community support in Hastings and St Leonards. You can now view local support available across the town on Google Maps. Find out more here:
Groups & Organisations
Is your group or organisation seeking new volunteers to support your current provision? Or are you looking for volunteers as part of new plans you are putting in place? If so, please let us know by emailing:
The latest information about Foodbanks in Hastings & St Leonards is available on our website:
There are a number of mental health support and wellbeing services available locally and nationally including Southdown, Hastings i-rock, Samaritans and more. Follow the link to our news page below for more information and contact details:
Saturday morning blood test clinic
Our health care assistants are now available to offer blood tests on a Saturday morning, please contact reception if you would like to book an appointment.
Early Access Clinics
We are currently offering Early Access clinics on Monday/Tues and every other Sat.
These will be appointment only clinics, please speak to the reception team to make an appointment.
With regards to calling the surgery for updates on your prescription, please call your pharmacy first as we are inundated with more urgent calls and it is disrupting the appointment booking process.
Thank you for your understanding.
With our new triage system, Patients can call the surgery for appointments between the hours of 08:00 and 15:00
Calls after 15:00 will be triaged the following day unless it is an emergency.
Please do not feel pressured to call during opening hours as this causes unnecessary waiting times for you.
Thank you for your understanding.
Please call the surgery and book your appointment. Due to the high demand of these clinics and the short appointment slots, can you please be prepared by removing jackets and/or any other accessories which will obstruct the vaccination process. Thank you in advance.
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Discontinuation of fax machine
Warrior square surgery will soon be discontinuing the use of our fax machine (01424 428743)
Alternatively please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Urgent appeal for blood donations
Blood stocks are currently at urgently low levels. We urgently need more O+ O- A+ B+ blood and A- platelets to recover stock levels that we aim to keep above 6 days. . NHS Blood and Transplant have launched an urgent appeal for anyone who can to give blood. This can be done at either a permanent Donor Centre or a community-based venue. Find out
when and where you can give blood by visiting www.blood.co.uk.
Do you have thoughts on our merger between our surgery, Hastings Old Town surgery and Churchwood Surgery?
If so, we are interested in hearing your thoughts if you are happy in sharing your views, please fill in the following form and either email or return it back to the surgery.
Have questions about the proposed merger? Check out our FAQ fact sheet.