Latest Committee Meeting Minutes

Latest minutes are here: CDHC PPG Meeting 6th June 2017

GP Services – Extended Access Survey 2017

This is your chance to have a say in what extended services you would like to see operating from your GP Surgery/Local Area.

Click on this link to go to the survey

Here is a little more background to to this idea:


Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) plan and buy healthcare services for the local population in your area.

National funding is available from 2018 to improve access to GP services. This includes ensuring that everyone has more convenient access to GP services, including a mixture of same day and routine appointments on weekday evenings after 6.30pm, and at weekends based on local needs.  This piece of work is known as ‘delivering extended access to GP services’.

As local CCGs we are currently considering how best to deliver extended access in your area so that it meets the needs of our population, is realistically deliverable within the budget we have been allocated to provide this additional service. There is a national and local shortage of GPs and other clinicians who work in general practice. This means that extended access services could be provided at a venue other than your own surgery and that you may not see your own GP or even a GP from your usual practice.  Should that GP need to access your medical records, your consent will be sought when you book the appointment.

The CCGs would like to find out more about your views on extending access to GP services in the evenings and at weekends.

By completing the survey you have the opportunity to tell us:

·         How likely you are to use GP appointments in the evenings and weekends.

·         The kind of services you might want to use in the evenings and at weekends.

·         Whether you would consider alternatives to face to face consultations.

If you have any queries regarding this survey please contact the Primary Care and Community Development Team at NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG/NHS Crawley CCG on  01293 600300 x4138 or send an email to: [email protected]

S.O.S. for Mobile Phone Chargers

Dear All,

Many of you have been very helpful in donating your old mobile phones so that we can sell them and raise some cash for the surgery and our running costs.

BUT, we desperately need chargers for the phones as without them we can’t trade them in.  At the moment we have 40 phones and only 2 chargers so please have another look in those drawers and see what you can find.  Don’t worry if you can’t be sure which phone they belong to we may be able to match them up ourselves.

Many thanks.


Chairpersons Report and Accounts as at 31st March 2017 From Annual Meeting on 6th June 2017

Click below to read:

Chairpersons report June 2017

PPG End of year 2016-2017

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 Defibrillators 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:

Crawley Down Post Office
Denture Care Centre
Crawley Down Health Centre
Turners Hill The Ark
Copthorne The Hub
Copthorne Golf Club

Click here to read The St John Ambulance advice/instructions on their use.–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.