Arch Health CIC: a special kind of surgery, supporting people experiencing homelessness in Brighton & Hove
Flu jabs for patients aged 50-64
We would like to invite any of our patients aged 50-64 years to book in for their free flu jab, if you haven't had it already this winter. This is an important part of staying well and keeping you safe. It's quick and easy and it won't make you ill. Please call the surgery on 01273 003930 to book this in.
Cervical screening (smear tests)
January 18th - 25th is Cervical Cancer Prevention week
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35. 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests). Cervical Cancer Prevention Week encourages women to reduce their risk of the disease by promoting the steps they can take to look after their health. Here at Arch we can answer any questions you have about this test, and there is a lot of information in this booklet
. You can book in your smear test with our friendly nursing team. Please call us on 01273 003930 to make your appointment.
Covid-19 vaccination update
The Arch team are actively engaged in the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. We are working closely with the other surgeries in central and East Brighton to ensure that our patients will be able to receive the vaccine as soon as they are eligible. We are looking forward to enabling you to feel safe in the company of others again.
Vaccines are being given to care home residents and staff, people aged over 80, and health and care workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.
We will be in touch with you, most likely by phone or text, when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. Please act on your invite when it comes in, and make sure to attend your appointment. If you know anyone who isn’t registered with a GP, please encourage them to register, as this is how we will reach everyone eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination.
Visit the NHS Sussex website for more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Sussex. To give you an idea of how the vaccination will be phased, the graph below from the BBC illustrates the priority groups for the vaccination, and the numbers of people in each group.
Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, will not be charged for:
- testing for coronavirus (even if the test shows you do not have coronavirus)
- treatment for coronavirus – including for a related problem that affects some children called multisystem inflammatory syndrome
- vaccination against coronavirus
No immigration checks are needed for any of these services. See GOV.UK: NHS entitlements for migrants for information in other languages.
Welcome to Arch Healthcare
You will be aware that all health services are currently working extremely hard to prevent and delay the spread of Coronavirus.
It’s no different at Arch and we really need your help to keep people safe; keeping our distance from other people and washing our hands regularly are extremely important.
In order to protect our patients and staff we are changing the way the Arch surgery works for a while:
- We will now be conducting almost all of our consultations by telephone rather than face to face. If you have a booked appointment please wait for your nurse or GP to telephone you.
- If your circumstances require a face to face appointment you will be offered one, but this will normally be after a telephone consultation.
- Please do not come to the surgery with symptoms which you think may be Coronavirus. People showing these symptoms need to self-isolate for at least 7 days and we can advise you about this over the phone.
- We can also give advice about your prescriptions and other medical matters by telephone.
Take the Friends & Family Test
The NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT) was introduced in 2014 to help service providers and commissioners understand whether their patients are happy with the service provided, or where improvements are needed. It is a quick and anonymous way to give your views after receiving care or treatment across the NHS.
Help us to improve our service, learn more about the test and give us your feedback.
Get well, keep well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
Our reception PowerPoint can be found here
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
(Site updated 21/01/2021)