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Staff Vacancy

We are looking for two additional Practice Nurses who will work across Buxted and East Hoathly with some occasional requirement to travel to Manor Oak to help cover holidays and/or team absence.  We are an EMIS Web practice using INR Star and Docman but full training can be given on these packages if necessary.  The hours would ideally be around 20 hours for each position but there is flexibility. 

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and energetic and eager to share ideas and suggestions.  You will thrive under pressure, working quickly and accurately and interact well with our diverse patient population.  It is essential you are a team player, reliable and an excellent communicator.  Ideally you will be dynamic and highly motivated, preferably with strong general practice experience although this is not essential.  You must be NMC registered.

Key duties would be

  • Cervical cytology
  • Wound care and dressings
  • Chronic disease management
  • Routine and child immunisations (including flu)
  • INR blood testing
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Hypertension management
  • ECGs
  • Infection Control lead/co-lead
  • Following agreed clinical protocols
  • Knowledge and understanding of QOF
  • Knowledge and experience of working within the framework of Locally Commissioned Services and Direct Enhanced Services
  • Attend regular practice meetings

Please click the NHSjobs link for further details and to apply for the positions 


As many of you will have read in the press, NHS England have instructed practices to halt all routine blood tests until at least 17th September 2021.  The manufacturer of the blood bottles used for routine blood tests is experiencing supply issues and, whilst we tried to delay having to cancel existing appointments, it has now been made very clear to us that we have to take immediate action.

Appointments that WILL NOT be cancelled include:
  • Blood tests required for urgent two-week rule referrals for suspected cancer investigations
  • Blood tests that are urgent and essential for safe prescribing/monitoring of a medication or a medical condition
  • Blood tests for those patients we suspected sepsis or at risk of death or disability
Within this criteria there may, naturally, be grey areas.  We will do our best to only cancel non-urgent appointments but, if you feel we have got it wrong, please let us know so we can review your situation.  We must stress, however, that failing to cancel all but urgent blood tests is likely to prolong the supply issues and, consequently, may mean we have to cancel all blood tests.

We will contact all patients for whom we’ve had to cancel a blood tests as soon as we are given the go ahead to rebook by NHS England.  In the meantime, we will not be booking any routine blood tests, beyond 17th September to ensure that those patients whose blood tests we have cancelled can be rebooked as soon as we are able to resume normal service.

We can assure patients that this is as frustrating for us as it is for you and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused



Our first Super Saturday flu vaccination clinic is taking place on 11th September and appointments are available at Buxted, East Hoathly & Manor Oak surgeries.

The following are among those eligible for vaccination this year:
      • 6 months to under
      • 50 years in a clinical risk group (e.g. asthma, diabetes, COPD, pregnant women)
      • 50 years and over
      • carers (in receipt of Carers Allowance)
      • close household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
      • eligible frontline health and social care staff.
If you fall into any of the above groups, please call your surgery to book your flu vaccine appointment.

Please visit for further information about eligibility & flu vaccines:


COVID Safety Measures

While the legal requirement to wear a face covering will be removed from 19th July, current NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services.

As such, to protect both patients and staff, and to enable our most vulnerable patients to continue safely attending our surgeries, face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across Buxted, East Hoathly and Manor Oak Medical Centres.


COVID Passport

Find out how the NHS App will be used to demonstrate your Covid -19 vaccination status. The NHS App can show this information from 17th May 2021 onwards.

If you do not have a smartphone or tablet and cannot access the NHS App you can call the NHS helpline on 119 from 17th May 2021 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. It can take up to 5 days to receive the letter.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide letters showing your Covid-19 vaccination status.


COVID Information 

To make it easier for patients to book their COVID vaccination appointment or get answers to their COVID queries, in addition to our COVID Information line, we now have a new COVID Information email address.
The COVID Information line is open from 09:00-12:00 Monday - Friday and can be reached by dialing 01825 732333 and selecting option 6.
Our new COVID Information email address is Emails will be checked daily.


COVID Information Line

We now have a dedicated COVID Information Line and are inviting patients over the age of 50, who have not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, to phone us on 01825 732333 between 9.00am – 12.00pm and select option 1.
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:
  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart (or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions)
If you are feeling unwell or are concerned about contracting the coronavirus, visit for the latest government advice and guidance.


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