Covid-19 Vaccination Information
We are delighted to announce that the Worthing will start vaccinating patients aged 80 and over in early January 2020. In Worthing 3 sites have been approved for vaccination, those being Durrington Health Centre, St Lawrence Surgery and the Strand Medical Centre. We are still awaiting confirmation of delivery of the first batch of vaccine so we are unable to give a confirmed date at the stage but we will update our webpages as soon as we can.
Clinic times will run from 8 am to 8pm for 3 consecutive days following delivery of the vaccine and booking will be conducted by our local federation, Innovation in Primary Care, who will call patients directly when they are able to arrange appointments (please DO NOT call your surgery who are not able to make an appointment for you). Patient will be asked to book for both the first and second part of vaccination (which will take place at least 3 weeks later).
In Worthing there are over 8,000 patients aged 80 or over, so it will not be possible to book everyone in to the first clinics. Please bear with us as we work to vaccinate our patients as quickly as we can.
If you would like more information about the vaccine, it can be found here:
Latest Flu Vaccination Information
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Face Mask Exemption Requests
In England, you must by law wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and supermarkets as of 24 July 2020.
The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).
Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves, see for example this information from First Bus and Arriva.
Lime Tree Surgery will not be providing exemption letters to patients.
Please wear face masks or coverings when visiting the surgery if over 11 years of age.
Lime Tree & Phoenix Merger : Message from Dr Chowdhury (01/04/2020)
Today I am delighted to say that the Phoenix Medical Centre in Goring have merged with the Lime Tree Practices. We will be delivering services across three sites including Phoenix Goring, Lime Tree Surgery Findon Valley and the Durrington Health Centre. We will continue to run services in all these three sites and will focus on making the most of the greater number of staff, resources and locations in this new partnership.
Our original plan was to have a launch event, but current circumstances mean that this is not possible. We will be back to normal as soon as we can and I’m looking forward to moving on with this new partnership and to providing more of our usual services to all of our patients.
CoronaVirus (Covid-19) Update (29/03/2020)
Due to current concerns with regards to CoronaVirus (Covid-19) with effect from today we will be operating on a telephone triage system only.
If you have a clinical need to be seen by a doctor please telephone the surgery on 01903 264101 from 8:00am and the receptionist will put your name on a call-back list for a doctor to call you ASAP.
Attendance for the blood clinic also needs to be approved by the doctor.
Please do not come to the practice unless you have been first contacted by a doctor to attend otherwise we will not be able to see you.
We regret that we have had to take these precautions but it is for the safety of your fellow patients and the staff.
We will notify you ASAP if any changes to this policy occur.
If you need to order a prescription, please use either SystmOnline, MyRepeats, email email@example.com or post them through the letter box of your normal site. For any patient that does not at present have a nominated pharmacy, the prescription will be sent to Lime Tree Pharmacy (for Findon patients) or Tesco Pharmacy (for Durrington Patients) for you to collect.
Thank you for your understanding at this time.
Dr Rani Dhillon
Suspension of Online Booking for Face-to-Face Appointments
In view of the developing circumstances surrounding the spread of Covid-19 and in line with NHSE England policy, you will not be able to book face to face appointments using our online services for the foreseeable future. If you are in need of a face to face appointment, please call the surgery on the normal number remembering that our routine appointments release at 10 am daily.
We have made a small number of telephone appointment available to book online. Please be careful to book these for appropriate problems i.e. if you have a lesion or rash that you would like reviewed, this cannot be done over the phone. If you are unsure whether your request is appropriate, please call us on the normal surgery number.
Improving continuity of care - a new approach to appointment booking
We have received a lot of feedback about being able to book GP appointments with the GP that you are registered with. In response, we have now reallocated patients to the GP that they have seen most frequently in the last 18 months. If you would like to know who you allocated GP is, please ask our reception team.
At the same time we’ve asked our GPs to start working in small teams to offer better continuity to patients.
Our receptionist will now try to book you with the GP that you are allocated too. Where that isn’t possible, they’ll offer you any available appointments with other GPs in the same team. We hope that by seeing the same GP more regularly, consultations will become more productive and that our patients will spend less time explaining the history of their condition to each GP that they see.
If you would prefer to be allocated to a different GP, please ask at reception.
Our Same Day Access appointments will continue unchanged.
RCGP Parkrun Practice
We have registered with the Royal College of General Practitioners as a Parkrun Practice and would like to get you all involved as runners, joggers, walkers, volunteers or supporters. It is for everyone young or old, mobile, as well as those physically or mentally challenged. The event runs every Saturday morning from Beach House Park green at 8.45am. See you there! You can find out more about Parkrun at www.parkrun.org.uk