Welcome to the Website

This site has been designed with you, the patient, in mind.  Its aims are to:

  • Give you the opportunity to make suggestions on topics concerning the way the surgery operates.
  • Provide explanations of why certain things are done in a particular manner.
  • Encourage visitors (i.e. registered Crawley Down patients) to share in discussions that arise from items as they are posted.
  • Offer people the ability to subscribe to the site so they can be notified every time the site is updated by us or commented on by others.
  • Give the PPG’s the ability to generate their own newsletters from it to distribute to those not PC orientated.
  • Provide information on the latest services the practice is offering like, say, immunization programmes.
  • Be a source of up to date news on health matters both on a local and national basis.
  • Provide links to other health orientated websites which may help provide answers to questions that you might have.

This will hopefully create a much more dynamic experience for you and, of course, impose on us the duty to keep the information flowing and therefore appear to be much more vital to you.

Peter Dodds and Glynn Roche (Co-Chairs of The Friends of Crawley Down Health Centre)

May 13th Coffee Morning and Bric-a-Brac Sale to Raise Funds for the ECG Machine

Date: 13th May 2017

Venue: Auchinleck Court Crawley Down

Time: 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Admission: £1.50 buys you a tea/coffee and piece of cake.

Please come along, have a chat to us and help raise funds for the much needed replacement ECG machine for the surgery.

If you can spare anything as a raffle prize or bric-a-brac item for sale please contact Peggy Close Tel 01342 715535.


Report From The Patients Assoc. “Two in every five GPs are planning to quit the NHS.”

This week the Patients Association published the below article:

 A survey has suggested that two in every five GPs are planning to quit the NHS, which could lead to an “enormous crisis” in front line healthcare. The survey by Exeter Medical School also found that out of 2,000 GPs asked, over half reported having low morale.

GP shortages have become a growing problem in the NHS. Figures published last month found the number of GPs working full-time had fallen, despite proposals to recruit 5,000 more by 2020. And a further British Medical Association survey found a third of practices were unable to fill vacancies for doctors within a year. With the growth in the number of GP consultations, the pressures caused by these shortages are only likely to increase.

The British Medical Association said GPs were “struggling to cope with rising patient demand, stagnating budgets and widespread staff shortages” and warned the shortages could be made worse if Brexit were to lead to loss of overseas doctors.

In further worrying news, the Health Service Journal reported a leaked government document suggesting Brexit could result in the NHS being hit by a shortage of more than 40,000 nurses by 2026. Whilst it is important to emphasise that this is the worst-case scenario, and the number is unlikely to be as big, the NHS is reliant on a number of European workers and with current staff shortages, any loss of European staff will be problematic for our health services. 

The figures reported by Exeter Medical School and the Health Service Journal are worrying, and it is clear the government needs to find long-term solutions to staff shortages in the NHS. Also given these shortages, it is vital the government consider the status of the NHS’s European workers to get the best deal for the NHS when negotiating Brexit. 

If true this very worrying and we suggest you write to your MP and ask for clarification.

Easter Holidays & Others

To check on Bank Holiday closings at the surgery and individual doctor surgery times click on this link:




Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG Spring Newsletter

Click below to read a copy of this.

It’s a good way of keeping up to date with developments at our CCG

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Latest Committee Meeting Minutes

Latest minutes are here CDHC-PPG-Minutes-2nd-February-2017

Some News from the Surgery about Doctor Staffing – Update Re Dr. Needham

Dr Needham’s last date on duty is in fact 12th April.

TUCC- Transforming Urgent Care Crawley – Some Information on Improved Services

TUCC & Piper Ward, Crawley Hospital


There have been significant improvement works at Crawley Hospital to allow more of patients to be seen locally.

Piper is a brand new ward, incorporating both “step-up” patients, i.e. those who need more care and intervention than they are able to receive in the community, and “step-down” patients, i.e. those who no longer need to be in an Acute hospitals (e.g. East Surrey) but still require some clinical input and are not yet well enough to go home.

Piper has been designed using dementia-friendly principles, incorporating active rehabilitation, which will help make patients’ stays as pleasant and productive as possible.

The Clinical Assessment Unit moved out of the Urgent Care Centre to its own space, offering a dedicated reception area, 6-trolley bay (only 2 trolleys previously), 3 consulting rooms, IV treatment area and discharge lounge to serve the CAU and wards.

The CCG is working with GPs and the ambulance service to encourage referrals, working with providers to increase the number of conditions that can be managed within the CAU and introducing new pathways and treatments, such as planned blood transfusions:

  • ALL of the above combine to enable more care to be provided locally

The Urgent Care Centre is undergoing extensive remodelling to modernise and provide additional capacity. Unlike CAU and Piper, which now occupy previously unused space within the hospital, UCC remains “open for business” throughout the improvement works, meaning that the work is taking place in discrete phases and some rooms will be re-purposed on a temporary basis.

NB Unlike the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Queen Vic Hospital the above is open 24/7hrs.

Click here for more information CPRG TUCC

Could you be the next member of the QVH Council of Governors?

The Queen Victoria Hospital is looking for local people interested in understanding and knowing more about the local NHS to consider volunteering to become a member of its Council of Governors.

To find out more the Queen Victoria Hospital is holding two information events on Monday 13 March at 5.30pm and Thursday 30 March at 11am, here in East Grinstead – if you’re considering standing for election it is essential you attend one of these events. To express an interest in one of the events or for further information please call Hilary Saunders on 01342 414200 or email [email protected]. If you’re unable to attend either of those events please call Hilary Saunders to discuss.

Click here for more details Could you be the next member of the QVH Council of Governors


Old Mobile Phone Fund Raising Scheme Reminder

As advised in December we now have a depository available (in the shape of a silver barrel), in the surgery, for you to place your old mobile phones into.

So far we have raised £85.00 so please keep them coming. If you are able to donate one do try and find the charger which goes with it as it makes it much more commercial.

The proceeds will be used by ‘The Friends of Crawley Down Health Centre’ to cover our overheads with any balance left over being put towards our latest fund raising project which is going to be a new electrocardiograph machine for the surgery (again this is something not supplied by NHS England to doctor’s practices).

If you are able to donate a phone remember to do the following beforehand: (a) remove the Sim Card. (b) remove any multimedia memory expansion cards, (c) delete all entries from the phone’s internal address book.

If you are unsure how to perform any of these tasks put a note on your phone to that effect, (with your contact details in case we need to get in touch with you), and we will check it before it leaves our possession.

Many thanks for your help.


Some News from the Surgery about Doctor Staffing

  1. As of 1st February 2017 Dr Osoba is now a partner at the practice. She has returned from maternity leave and will be resuming her normal working days, which are Monday am/pm, Tuesday am/pm, Thursday am/pm and Friday pm.
  2. Dr Saleemi, from 1 March, is on maternity leave.  Dr Ahluwalia will be covering her maternity leave and working Monday and Thursdays.
  3. Sadly Dr Needham will be leaving us and her last day in employment will be Wednesday 12th April, although in fact, her last day at the surgery will be 24th March as she will be on annual leave after that. We are actively looking for a replacement.