UPDATED : Wednesday 8th September 2021
Due to severe staff shortages Albert Road Surgery will be closed from 1.00 pm today and reopening on Monday at 8.00 am. For all enquires please contact Sidley Surgery on 01424 230025, 44 Turkey Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, and will be open from 8.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm.
Message from Dr Chris Dixon:
It is with great sadness that I write to you today. As many of you are aware I was very unwell with COVID last year and had to take considerable time off. Sadly, I am still not 100% recovered.
Being seriously ill has put a lot of things in life into perspective and I have felt it necessary to make some significant changes. To this end I will officially be leaving the practice as of October the 1st.
I will leave the practice exactly 21 years after starting work here. Taking over from John Emmanuel was a herculean task as he was so very highly regarded and loved, but you made this easy by being kind and welcoming.
Looking after you and your families has been an utter privilege that I never once took for granted. Many of you I see more as friends than as my patients, we have been through a lot together over the years. I will never forget your humour, your compassion or your bravery.
This last year or so has been life changing in so many ways for so many people, I thank you for your patience and understanding at what has been the hardest of times for the NHS. We are not yet out of the woods with COVID , but together we will get through I have no doubt.
The vaccine programme earlier in the year was something I was hugely proud to be a part of with 42,000 vaccines given from our Sidley Surgery, proof of what we can all do if we work together.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your trust, your company and your counsel
I will miss you, and wish you good health and above all, happiness in the future
Dr Chris Dixon
NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings
England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.
Covid-19 restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday.
Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting Sidley Medical Practice as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.
Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment.
“And it is important for the public to continue to play their part when visiting NHS and care settings to help protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections.
“As restrictions are lifted in many places on Monday everyone has a part to play in helping to control Covid-19 by getting vaccinated and acting responsibly.
“It is vital that in healthcare settings, we do all we can to reduce the risk of infection for those working in our services and those who need our care.”
The Pandemic Alert Level is 3 as advised by our Chief Medical Officers.
Coronavirus is still in general circulation whilst restrictions are eased, people are still being infected everyday and hospital admissions are still occurring. The opportunity to ease restrictions will come from continued social distancing, vigilance and the outcomes from the ongoing national vaccination programme.
Our services provided at this time remain unchanged whilst we all follow the National Restrictions and NHS England Standard Operating Procedure guidelines that first came into existence April 2020
You can and should travel for hospital, GP and other medical appointments that are arranged with you.
NHS App COVID-19 Vaccination Status
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Patient Services Sidley Medical Practice 17th May 2021
Only patients with pre-booked appointments will be permitted to enter the surgery
This follows guidance and standard operating procedures from NHS England since April 2020. This has not changed.
Sidley Medical Practice is required to take all appropriate measures to protect patients and staff for Infection Control Measures during the Pandemic. This has not changed.
We can only work during this exceptional time by recognising that patients will receive full telephone or electronic triage contacts by our nursing, doctors and administration teams. Patients will not be able to request appointments or telephone calls from the Surgery waiting areas at this time. This is being reviewed and changes will occur in the forthcoming weeks.
Any care that is clinically required e.g. treatments, investigations or direct patient contact and examination has always occurred in a planned and organised manner since April 2020.
NHS Sussex Commissioners and Sussex Local Medical Committees fully support our position and provision of care at this time and together we will change our provisions and access as the pandemic changes and we continue our recovery.
We can also be contacted as part of your consultations by email
***Please note any digital images submitted as part of an online consultation will be stored within your clinical notes***
GP Partners May 2021
Engage Online Consultation Service:
You can contact the doctors at Sidley Medical Practice using online consultation tool.
You can input symptoms and concerns into the confidential online service and you will receive a response , usually the same day if the request is received within opening hours. You will be either given advice , directed to other sources of support or receive a telephone call back from the doctor. An appointment may be arranged if required.
You can enquire about test results, fitness to work note, referral enquiries and medical reports.
Use the image link to access their services.
Sidley Medical Practice Is Open To New Patient Registrations
Please click on link below to take you to online registration forms
(Site updated 24/09/2021)