If you require a chaperone to attend your appointment, please let the reception team know when booking.
Introducing Online Appointments!
The Beggarwood Surgery is now offering our patients the choice of booking routine GP appointments online.
Please note that you will need to register for this service via the links from this website.
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone or use the electronic booking system to cancel your appointment.
Complaints, comments and suggestions
We will always be willling to hear if there is any way you think that we can improve our service. Please find details n the right hand side of this website.
All non attendances are carefully recorded.
We often hear from patients that they aren’t able to get an appointment when it suits them. But the lack of appointments is very closely linked to patients who fail to turn up.
Throughout January 2018 117 Doctors appointments and 77 Nurse appointments were missed across both Beggarwood and Rooksdown sites.
We understand that sometimes people have to cancel appointments, but we’re just asking that people let us know. If they do cancel, even at short notice, we are nearly always able to fill that appointment.
Please contact the surgery to get the results of any test that you have had done between 2.00pm and 5pm.
Routine blood, urine and swab results usually take around 3-5 working days to be processed and reported. If you need a test done please ensure your appoinment is before 3pm, otherwise your sample will not be collected until the following day.
The results for X-rays and ultrasounds take 7 days and cervical smears take 8-10 weeks.
Your contact details
Can we contact you in an emergency? We may to contact you urgently pending the results of blood tests or investigations. You may need to be admitted as an emergency to hospital.
Please help us to help you by always notifiying us of your change of address, telephone or mobile number. If you haven't got a phone contact, a contact number of a friend, neighbour or relative would be helpful.
Off on your holidays?
Please could you help us to help you by checking you have enough medications before you go away? We do require 48 hours to process a prescription.
Your views are important to us
If you or a family member has recently visited our surgery, practice, why not share your experiences on the NHS choices website:
Sex - worth talking about
Talking about sex doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think. Whether it’s knowing about your contraceptive choices, explaining STIs, coping with emotions or understanding your body, you'll find straightforward information and advice to make it easier to discuss everything to do with sexual health, right here.
We would like to introduce a Patient Participation Group here at the practice. Would you like to have a say about the services we provide here at The Beggarwood Surgery?
If you are interested in joining the group, please ask at the reception for a contact form, or alternatively, print off a copy here: PPG Form
Please note that we need to ensure that our contact list is representative of our local community and therefore is represented by as many different ethnic backgrounds and age groups as possible. If you do not hear from us in due course then your application request has been unsuccessful.
Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.
It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.
Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.
Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating.
Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription. Watch this short video on how you can get the most out of your local pharmacy
NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services for patients based in England only. You can receive treatment for many ailments including:
NHS Walk In Centres treat around 3m patients a year and have proved to be a successful complementary service to traditional GP and A&E services. Some centres offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, they are not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problems.
Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.
Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects almost everyone from time to time. A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel.
Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea may also be a side effect of a medication
NHS Symptoms, causes, treatment and information
Macmillan Cancer Support Diarrhoea as a result of cancer treatments
To save them on your computer, right-click on any of the links below and then click 'Save Target As..." . Click on any of the links below to play the audio files:
Burns - Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.
Fits - How to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and young children.
Wounds - Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures.
Unconscious patient who is breathing - How to deal with an unrousable patient who IS breathing (includes recovery position)
CPR for adults - Adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT breathing.
CPR for babies - Babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.
Collapsed patient in detail - Explains the complete scenario including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.
These files have been prepared by Sussex Ambulance Service and comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
British Red Cross - First Aid Tips Simple, straightforward and easy to understand first aid tips
St Johns Ambulance St John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic first aid techniques.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough. Usually it's a self-limiting infection – this means it gets better by itself without the need for treatment.
On average, adults have two to five colds each year and school-age children can have up to eight colds a year. Adults who come into contact with children tend to get more colds. This is because children usually carry more of the virus, for longer.
In the UK, you’re more likely to get a cold during the winter months although the reasons why aren’t fully understood at present.
For most people, a cold will get better on its own within a week of the symptoms starting without any specific treatment. However, there are treatments that can help to ease your symptoms and make you feel more comfortable. These are available from your pharmacy, which means that you can treat yourself, rather than needing to see your GP.
There is no cure for colds. Antibiotics, which treat infections caused by bacteria, don't work on cold viruses.
There are a number of self-help measures that may help to ease the symptoms of a cold.
You should try to make sure you get enough rest if you have a cold. It’s not usually necessary to stay off work or school.
Colds & Flu A factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of colds & the flu
NHS - is it the common cold or the flu? Colds and flu can share some of the same symptoms (sneezing, coughing, sore throat) but are caused by different viruses, and flu can be much more serious. Find out
Factsheet - Common ColdInformation about the diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of the common cold
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