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Before you see your GP or other healthcare professional, do you know what sort of help you’re looking for? Is it a diagnosis; treatment; reassurance; problems with existing treatments; alternative treatments; referral to other health services; or monitoring; or something else?
It can help to be clear about what you’d like to come out of the consultation with so that you can be clear what you’re asking for and clear, afterwards, whether you got what you felt you needed – or, if not, whether you’re happy with the result nonetheless.
BE AS HONEST AND OPEN as you can.
Pharmacists - can help with treatments for a variety of minor ailments and also advise whether you should see a doctor (see What your pharmacist can do for you). You can just call in to any pharmacy and ask to speak to the pharmacist without having to make an appointment.
GP Practices - General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care.
Minor Injuries units - where available, minor injuries units can deal with minor injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, insect and animal bits, minor eye injurie and injuries to the back, shoulder and chest. Some minor injuries units don't have the facilities to treat young children so it's worth checking in advance of turning up.
Emergency help - While it’s important not to use emergency services whenever you can avoid it, it’s also very important that you do know when to seek emergency treatment. NHS Choices provides some guidance here.
If you’re still not sure, try to make best use of any available advice and information you can access, including from friends and family or 111 or online - or Walk-in GP surgeries where available (see Emergency and Out of Hours on this website) and listen to your instinct in trying to make the best decision you can in the situation. Are you worrying unnecessarily and can afford to watch and wait or is this a situation that you feel needs urgent attention to avoid serious consequences?
Anchor Healthcare Centre, Meridian Way
Peacehaven BN10 8NF
The telephone line is open from 08.30 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 18:00.
Telephone lines open at 8:30am
17 Rowe Avenue
Peacehaven BN10 7PE
Telephone lines open at 8:00am
Newhaven BN9 9PW
Sainsbury's, Newhaven Harbour, The Drove, Newhaven BN9 0AG
Monday to Friday: 7am-11pm, Saturday: 7am-10pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm
23-25 High Street
Newhaven BN9 9PD
Monday to Saturday: 9am-5:30pm Sunday: Closed
27 High Street
Newhaven BN9 9PD
Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:30pm Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: Closed
43 Chapel Street
Newhaven BN9 9QD
Monday to Friday: 9am-6:30pm, Saturday: 9am-12pm, Sunday: Closed
Peacehaven: 241 South Coast Road
Peacehaven BN10 8LD
Monday to Friday: 9am-8pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm, Sunday: Closed
Telscombe Cliffs: 1-2 Dana Lodge
Central Avenue Telscombe Cliffs BN10 7LX
Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm, Sunday: Closed
Anchor Health Centre, Meridian Way,
Peacehaven BN10 8NF
Monday - Friday: 8:30am-7:30pm Saturday: 9am-1pm Sunday: 11am-2pm
Accident and Emergency departments are for critical or life-saving situations. The NHS in Newhaven and Peacehaven have published a booklet that you can download here: Don’t just go to A&E and which contains all the information you need to know on when to go to A&E and when to use the other options available to you.