The Practice covers a wide area which includes the outlying rural communities of Bolney, Handcross, Twineham and Warninglid as well as Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. Total practice population is 6,000 patients. Having been Fundholding for the past six years the practice is now preparing to become integrated into the new Primary Care Groups as from April 1998. There are three full time partners, Dr. M Harvey, Dr. N Barrie and Dr. R Harvey. Each doctor specialises in different areas of medicine;
Dr. M Harvey is particularly interested in urology and infertility and is currently actively involved in osteoporosis and diabetes research.
Dr. N Barrie specialises in ENT medicine and runs regular clinics at the local hospital and is currently setting up 'in-house' clinics at the practice. He is also highly involved in computerisation ensuring constant updating and training of new systems in the surgery.
Dr. R Harvey's main areas of interest lie in minor operations carried out in the surgery, accident and emergency medicine (he has 2 sessions a week at the local hospital) and sports medicine.
The surgery has a full primary health care nursing team, comprising nurse practitioner, practice nurses, district nurses, health visitor, school nurse and community psychiatric nurse. Sue Davidson, nurse practitioner works alongside the doctors and is qualified to take medical histories, physical examination and diagnosis of many conditions. She specialises in asthma, menopause, family planning, osteoporosis and eczema. Sheila Graysmark and Libby Gwynne, practice nurses offer a wide range of services which include diabetic care, asthma, travel vaccinations and advice, smears and wound care. Sheila also co-ordinates a service for Carers. Averil Pitman and Diane Haselum, district nurses, offer care for patients in their own homes and their duties range from dressings, injections to care of the terminally ill. Deirdre Martin, health visitor is primarily involved in the care of mothers and children under 5 years. She visits families following the birth of their baby and monitors the growth and development of the children as well as the well being of the family in general. Reg Cook, community psychiatric nurse provided care both in the community and at the surgery for those sufering rom mental illness and also gives advice and support to their families and carers. Sue Cowdy, school nurse is involved in the development of children in local schools and offers health promotion on a wide range of subjects including enuresis, nutrition and lifestyle.