Closure of The Lawns Surgery in Rustington

The Lawns Surgery in Rustington will be closing on 30 June 2019 when Dr Charles Schlosberg retires.

The last appointment day will be Friday 14 June 2019, with the exception of urgent appointments which will be available until Friday 21 June 2019.

We appreciate this may be an unsettling time for patients registered at The Lawns Surgery, and our priority is to make sure that you can continue to access GP services once The Lawns Surgery closes.

What happens now

Following feedback from patients and talking with the other GP practices in the area, it has been agreed that patients can register at any of the other local GP practices if you live within their practice boundary and they are accepting new patients.

This means that we will not be making all patients move to one particular GP practice, and in most cases you will get a choice about where you go next.

It is important that you register by 22 June 2019 in order to make sure you can continue to see a doctor or nurse if you need medical help.

What you need to do to register at a new GP practice

There are some simple steps to help you through this process:

  1. Look at the list of GP practices in the area (listed below) and see which cover your address;
  2. If your address is covered by a choice of GP practices, consider where you would like to register;
  3. Complete a GMS 1 Form (details below) to say where you would like to be registered;
  4. Attend a registration event (details below) or take your form and two forms of ID into the GP practice of your choice directly;
  5. You will be contacted by the GP practice to say they have completed the registration process and you are now registered as one of their patients.

Choosing your new GP practice

There are five GP practices in the area currently able to register new patients:

Central Littlehampton

Fitzalan Medical Group are unable to register any new patients at the current time. If you live in central Littlehampton and you are within the practice boundary of the Park Surgery and/or Fitzalan Medical Group and no other GP practice, we can support you to register at Park Surgery.

Finding out which GP practices cover your address

Use our online tool to see which GP practices cover your address, and their contact details.

Simply click on the link above, enter your postcode, select your address, and the map will show you the GP practices that cover your address on the map.

In the box on the right-hand side it will show the number of practices covering that area and the results can be displayed by clicking the word "here" as illustrated:

Health GIS screen shot

If you have any questions about using this online tool, please contact the CCG’s Primary Care Team by calling 01903 708547 or emailing CWSCCG.primarycarematters@nhs.net

If you would like to know more about any of the GP practices, there is more information on the NHS website.

Registration events

To help you with the registration process we are holding registration events.

Come and meet the team and fill out all the forms you need to register at your new practice. They are taking place on:

  • Wednesday 01 May from 3-6pm at Rustington Church Hall, BN16 3NL
  • Saturday 04 May from 10am-1pm at Southfields Jubilee Centre, Littlehampton, BN17 6AE
  • Tuesday 07 May from 3-6pm at Southfields Jubilee Centre, Littlehampton, BN17 6AE
  • Thursday 09 May from 10am-1pm at Rustington Church Hall, BN16 3NL

You can attend any of the events at any time during the times listed above.

Forms to fill out

To register at a new GP practice you will need to complete a GMS 1 form. You can complete this form in advance and bring it along to one of the registration events, or you can pick up a copy of the form from The Lawns Surgery.

We will also have copies of the form at the events if you are not able to get a copy beforehand.

You will also need to complete this form if you choose to go directly into one of the GP practices to register.

GP practices will also need copies of two forms of ID to complete the registration process – one with proof of identity (driving licence or passport) and one with proof of address (utility bill).

You can bring copies with you to the registration events or take your ID into the GP practice directly.

What happens next

Once you have been registered with a new GP practice, they will contact you via letter or text to say that you have transferred to them and you should then contact them for all your health needs.

Your medical records will transfer automatically to your new GP practice as part of this process.

If you have repeat medication it would be helpful if you could arrange with The Lawns Surgery to have a prescription issued to you before you register elsewhere, to make sure you have enough medicine before the practice closes for appointments.

Further to this, if you are currently receiving hospital care, it is important that you confirm details of your new GP practice to the hospital so that they keep your new GP informed about your care.

Any questions?

Whilst we are working through all of the arrangements for you, we want to listen to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

If you do have any questions please contact us by email on CWSCCG.primarycarematters@nhs.net or by the phone on 01903 708547.