Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 6:00pm
8:30am – 1:00pm & 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Urgent Patient Notice
Dr Marco Cavaroli
We are sad to announce that Dr Marco Cavaroli has retired from The Arundel Surgery. We welcome Dr Ruzanne Roux to the practice, who will be taking over Dr Cavaroli’s list of patients. Dr Roux is a very experienced General Practitioner who is well known to the practice, having under taken locums for us in the past.
We thank Marco for this many years of tireless work at the Surgery; he always went above and beyond for his patients, working long hours that people often didn’t see. We wish him a happy (and hopefully relaxing) retirement.
We are now taking bookings for flu vaccinations for this season. Please call us after 2pm to arrange your jab if you in an eligible group. Please note, this is not for Covid booster jabs which will be delivered from hubs as before.
Accessing our Services
You may have seen on the news that doors at GP practices are “reopening”. The Arundel Surgery has been open throughout the pandemic, offering telephone and online support with face to face consultations available, based on clinical need, following a telephone discussion. This was, and still is, in line with government requirements in order to serve our patients most effectively, safely and appropriately.
We are facing unprecedented demand for our services. This is not reflected in the national press. As we await further national guidance we request that our patients continue to contact us in the same way, either online or by phone if needed and we will endeavour to use our clinicians’ time to best support our patients – particularly those who need us most. We also request that you are patient with us at this extremely busy time as we try to manage the workload and care for you all as best we can.
We also have some exciting new roles within the practice to support the clinical team. We are pleased to welcome , Evie Bushall and Rowena James, Pharmacy Technicians. We also have Matt Shaw, from the Bognor Musculoskeletal Triage Team, Sophie Edwards, a Social Prescriber, Mark Mackrell for the Carers Support Agency and supporting our GP provision are a number of locum GP’s.
We thank you all in advance for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.
The Clinical Team
The Arundel Surgery
For up to date information on Covid-19 please call 119 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
For more information about the Covid-19 Vaccination programme, please visit: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/
We would ask that you do NOT come into the surgery unless you have a pre-arranged appointment. If you wish to make an appointment we would ask that you call to arrange this on 01903 882191 rather than come in to make one. All appointments will be by telephone where possible and some routine services have been suspended until further notice.
Ideally, this is the time for everyone to move to the electronic prescribing service which offers safer, faster prescribing. However, if you are still using the old-fashioned paper scripts please post any requests in the letter box outside. You may enter to pick up old paper scripts from reception but we would ask you to join the queue and wait to be called to the desk.
We are working closely with Lloyds Pharmacy and would ask that you allow 5 working days for prescription requests to be processed during this very busy time.
If you would like to set up electronic prescribing please call and speak to one of our team. We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time and point out that these changes are to protect the health of everyone.
Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For further information and guidance on COVID-19 please visit: www.gov.uk
Requests for MED3 ‘Fit note’
The current Government Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) states;
“By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home. We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advices issued by the government.”
Patient notice from ASCA
Please see ASCA page for further details
Alternatives to seeing a GP
Your GP surgery can provide a huge range of advice, examinations, treatment, vaccinations, prescriptions and other routine healthcare; but did you know that there are many local NHS services that you can go to directly for help?
No need to see your GP first, this guide sets out the main services that are available locally and how you can contact them directly.