To book an appointment, please telephone our dedicated appointments line on 01273 606214 or alternatively you can make an appointment in person at the surgery.
We will do our best to allocate you your Doctor of choice but this may not always be possible.
We are now offering a number of advance appointments with GPs that can be booked online.
You will need to register for this service and provide ID and proof of address. Please contact the surgery for more details.
Extended hours for GP appointments only are offered between 18:30 - 19:30 at The Avenue Surgery on Mondays and Tuesdays and on alternate Saturdays between 08:00 -11:00.
The Avenue Surgery now has access to some GP and Nurse appointments during weekday evenings and Saturdays. This service is provided by the Extended Hours Service at HERE and appointments are available at a designated surgery in your area.
Pre-bookable appointments are available between:
Monday - Friday: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday only: 8:00am – 2pm
Sunday only: 10:00am – 1pm
See the "When we are closed" page for more details
Our Advanced Nurse Practitioner is an experienced, registered nurse who has undergone extra training and qualifications at an advanced level (Masters) to enable her to see and treat a wide range of patients. She can see anyone that a GP would normally see other than under 5s, pregnant women and patients with severe mental health problems.
In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a Practice Nurse rather than a Doctor. Practice Nurses are qualified to deal with many conditions and you may be seen more quickly.
Should your knowledge of English be limited, Sussex Interpreting Services and Vandu Language Services provide face to face interpreting for our patients. Language Line provides an overseas language telephone interpreting service. Action for Deafness provides British Sign Language interpreting for patients who are deaf or hearing impaired.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.
Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:00 on 01273 604220.
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the Practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls.
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).
The Practice is involved with the education of medical students from Brighton and Sussex Medical School and occasionally other medical schools. We sometimes also have students doing other courses allied to medicine, such as pharmacy.
Students have access to your medical records and are bound by the same confidentiality responsibilities as all clinicians.
Any of these students may be sitting in with the Doctors. If you do not wish the student to be present during your consultation please let the receptionist or doctor know as soon as possible.
A big thank you to all those patients who allow the students to be present during consultations
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