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)

Fancy a Slap-Up Tea? Come and join us at Auchinleck Court (Crawley Down opposite the pub) 2.30pm Sat 22nd July 2017

For full details click here: Afternoon Tea and Ukulele Sing

Location of Defribillators in Crawley Down, Turners Hill & Copthorne

Recently we have been asked by some of you where defibrillators can be found:

Here are the locations we know of but please let us know if you are aware of any others:

Post Office (Crawley Down),  Haven Centre (Crawley Down),   Denture Care Centre (Crawley Down- Turners Hill Rd), Crawley Down Health Centre,  The Ark at Turners Hill, The Hub (Copthorne) and Copthorne Golf Club.

Click here to read The St John Ambulance advice/instructions on their use. http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice/first-aid-techniques/using-a–defibrillator-aed.aspx





Our CCG encourages patients to get more involved in supporting their PPG

As you know The Friends of Crawley Down Health Centre is your Patient Participation Group (PPG)

After I wrote to our CCG chairman, Minesh Patel, pleading for them to take up, use and support PPGs to a greater extent they undertook, at the last governing board meeting, to do that and have been working on a number of ideas.

The attached, which is available in hard copy, is an example of them trying to get patients more involved in their local PPG. Click here to read: Join your CCG

We are always pleased to hear your views and whether you would like to become more involved. So don’t hesitate – Email: [email protected]  or call 01342 713046.


Acting co-chair


Mobile Phone Scheme Update/Reminder

As many of you know we have a location (in the shape of a silver barrel), in the surgery, for you to place your old mobile phones into.

So far we have raised £183.00 so please keep them coming. As a special reminder if you are able to donate one do try and find the charger which goes with it.  At the moment we have a number of donated phones but no chargers and this means we can’t trade them in order to raise cash.  So, even if all you have got is just a charger please do put that in the barrel anyway as we may be able to marry it up with a phone.

The proceeds will be used by ‘The Friends of Crawley Down Health Centre’ to help cover our overheads with any balance left over being put towards our latest fund raising project.

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.


Surgery Closure Afternoon Wednesday 21st June

Please note that due to staff training for both doctors and receptionist staff the surgery will be completely closed this coming Wednesday afternoon 21st June.

New ECG machine Fund – Brilliant News!

I’m sure you will all be delighted to learn that we have just reached our target of £2000.00 for a new ECG machine.

We have had some very generous donations from many sources and along with our money schemes we reached our goal far more quickly than any of us had dared hope.

Many, many thanks to all concerned.



Latest NAPP Bulletin

The bulletin contains the following items which may be of interest to PPGs and the wider patient community, including links to

  • the PPG Awareness Week Resource Pack to help you plan events at your practice to publicise your PPG
  • Reports on the perceived crisis in general practice and on comparisons with 18 other health care systems.
  • A report on the role of Clinical Commissioning Group lay members and non-executive directors in in STPs Sustainability and Transformation  Plans
  • And more……

Click here to read Ebulletin JUNE 2017

New Doctor: Dr Stephen Bellamy joins the Health Centre on 3rd July 2017

Dr Stephen Bellamy (former senior partner at the Ship Street Surgery) will be joining the practice on 3rd July working Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is really good news.  Dr. Bellamy is a very well respected local GP and is on the governing board of the CCG as well as chairing the CCG Locality Group for our area.


Funding for the new ECG Machine

As many of you know our project this year is to raise about £2000.00 for a new ECG machine for the surgery.

Well, I’m please to say things are going along better than expected and the total is already up to £1300!

So a big thank you to all contributors/helpers and please look out for our stall at the Fayre in September when once again some “Teddies” will be joining in the fund raising.

Needless to say the surgery themselves are thrilled by everyone’s efforts and have asked that the following message of appreciation from them be put up on the website:


A Message from CDHC

The partners and staff at Crawley Down Health Centre wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all those who have contributed to the proposed purchase of a new ECG machine for the use of our patients at the practice.

We recognise all the hard work behind the scenes from all the PPG members who have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of our need by arranging various activities such as a table at the surgery, coffee mornings, having stalls at fetes and speaking to our patients about the PPG and the fund raising project.

Our aim is to reach £2,000 and so far they have collected £1,300 thanks to your generosity.  Thank you all for your continued support.

Crawley Down Health Centre

Have your say: Mental health services

Organisations across Sussex and East Surrey are working together to look at how to improve mental health services. This work is being supported by an organisation called Carnall Farrar who are collecting views from people who use mental health services, their carers and GPs.

If you are either a service user or care for someone who uses mental health services and would like to share your views and insights please complete a short survey. The results will be published in the summer and will be used as part of ongoing work to improve mental health services.

The closing date for the survey is Monday 12 June 2017 and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.