Are you aged 70 or 79 on 1st September 2013?

If you are, you are eligible to receive the Shingles Vaccine.

What is shingles?

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is caused by the reactivation of an infection of a nerve and the area of skin that it serves, resulting in clusters of painful, itchy, fluid-filled blisters. These blisters can burst and turn into sores […]

Confused About The New NHS Structure?

Read this simplified explanation

The Government wants the New NHS to deliver better results by giving patients more choice and doctors and nurses more freedom to shape services that meet patients’ needs.

There are three main elements involved as follows:

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Their responsibility is to work with patients and healthcare professionals and […]

Commuter Clinics

The question of a potential loss of funding from April 2014 onwards for these clinics has been raised with both the Commissioning Patients Reference Group (CPRG) and its senior body the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). We hope to be in a position to report further on how this matter stands in due course.

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 […]

CDHC PPG Meeting 12th August 2013

Please click to read the minutes: CDHC PPG Minutes 12th August 2013

This document is an PDF file which requires PDF reader software to be read. Adobe Reader is a free program for this purpose and can be downloaded and installed here

Francis Maude abandons Crawley Down constituents again by once more saying ‘NO’ to backing ‘The Dispense with the Law Campaign’


In the House of Lords, on 16th May, Earl Howe made this statement:

“My Lords, there is a balance of interests here, not least the interests of the patient. We therefore need a set of rules which reflects those interests. Patients who live in a rural area can be dispensed to by their GP […]

How Earl Howe managed to get round answering what he meant when he let the ‘Cat Out of The Bag’ in the House of Lords on 16th May 2013

This is very clever! You will have to read the two letters in this link carefully because they contain some admirable, (if you like that sort of thing), Department of Health ‘Sir Humphrey Speak’!