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In order to provide the contraceptive pill safely we need to ask you a number of questions. We would be grateful if you could download and complete a Contraceptive Pill Checklist form when you submit your next repeat prescription request. Click here to download. Please return your completed form to reception and your prescription will be available within two working days.


Building a Strong Future

Building a strong future for our patients, our practice and our staff is extremely important to our partnership. 

We are sure you will all have heard of the challenges currently being faced by the NHS in general and GP practices in particular.  We accept we must develop and adapt in these changing times; our goal must be not only to maintain the quality of our care and services, but to improve it. 

Over a period of many years we have established a close working relationship with Totton Health Centre. During this period, we have been extremely happy to find that we share a very similar approach to patient care and working within general practice. 

In order to protect and develop the service we are able to offer our patients, the partners now feel the best way forward is to merge our two practices.  To this end, we have commenced the necessary work involved with a view to a merger date of 1st October, 2018. 

  • We would like to reassure you that we anticipate no changes to the doctors or staff and that you will be able to enjoy the continued high level of service you are used to receiving at both Totton Health Centre and Forest Gate Surgery.  

  • We would emphasise that we will continue to operate from both surgery buildings.  

  • Patients will remain registered at the same surgery.

  • Our vision is to continue to provide high quality medical care delivered by friendly, motivated teams.

  • Our decision is business-based to ensure we remain 100% resilient to whatever the future brings.

Understandably, you may have questions regarding our forthcoming partnership merger.  We are happy to try and answer those questions; please direct them to the Practice Manager.

Please be aware the merger due diligence work is an ongoing process for the next few months; as matters progress we will – of course – keep you updated. 

Thank you. 

The Partners 

Forest Gate Surgery

September 2018

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Measles Alert

There have now been measles outbreaks in the South of England and it is important to ensure parents / carers are aware of the need to vaccinate children. Particularly at risk are families from affected communities who may not register with GPs or routinely vaccinate their children, and those travelling to Romania, Germany and Poland.

Those most at risk are

  • Patients over the age of three years and four months who do not have two recorded doses of MMR vaccine.
  • patients born before 1970 who have no history of measles or MMR vaccination


It should be noted that recent travel to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks like Romania, Italy and Germany increases the likelihood of a measles diagnosis.

New Patient Messaging Service

As we are now using a new patient messaging service for appointment reminders and healthcare messages, could you please make sure we have the most up to date mobile number for you if you wish to make the most of this option. Thank you! 

The Practice at Lymington

Please see the leaflet below for more information.

The Practice at Lymington

Infection Control Annual Statements

This annual statement will be generated each year in May in accordance with the requirements of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

Named accountable GP for all patients

All of our patients, including children, have a named GP who is responsible for patients overall care at the practice and will work with other relevant associated health and social care professionals to deliver a package that meets the needs of our patients. If you are unsure or if you would like to know who your named GP is please contact the surgery. The information about your named GP can also be found on the prescriptions you collect from the surgery. If you wish to change your named GP please contact us and we will endeavour to accommodate your request. Of course having a named accountable GP does not prevent you from seeing any other GP within the practice.


 Patient Participation Group 

We are looking to have a PPG with a wide range of ages and ethnicity. We meet once every three months in the surgery and the PPG are vital to giving our patients a voice in how the surgery is run. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more then please follow the link below.

Patient Participation Group


Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious life-threatening illness caused by meningococcal bacteria of which there are several groups. The most common groups are A, B, C, W and Y. It can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) that can kill in hours. Those who recover may be left severely disabled.

Infants, young children, teenagers and young adults have the highest risk of meningococcal disease. Since 2009, there has been a large increase in MenW disease in England, resulting in several deaths among infants and teenagers. Older teenagers and young adults are now more at risk of getting meningitis and septicaemia from MenW. New university students are at particularly high risk in the first weeks of term when they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age.

If your date of birth is between these dates (DOB 01/09/1998 – 31/08/1999) then please contact the surgery now to make an appointment for the vaccination.

Further information about the meningitis vaccination programme can be found at the NHS Choices website:

Zika Virus 

Keep fit, Stay healthy!

The BMA supports self care for patients and have published guidance, FAQs and a blog to highlight the importance of self care - The guidance provides some easy tips for patient on how best to self care such as:

1. Colds, flu and most sore throats do not need antibiotics and can be treated at home.

2. Order repeat prescriptions and book your flu jab in good time.

3. Get advice from your pharmacist.

4. Check online for information and advice

Check out the link below to find out more:

BMA - Self care guide

Stop Smoking

Get Fit

Eat more Fruit and Veg

Lose Weight

Drink Less Alcohol

Shingles Vaccine

If you are between the ages of 70-80 you could be eligible for a shingles vaccine. Please phone the surgery to confirm.

If you are eligible for a shingles vaccine and would like one then please let the receptionist know when booking your flu jab and they will book you in a shingles vaccine at the same time.

If you are a military veteran - please let us know

Big White Wall (BWW) is  support network which is free to veterans, serving personnel and their families.

Big White Wall - info

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