GP appointments

We have decided to undertake a trialed return to more ‘normal’ GP surgeries from the first week of October.

As you may know, since the start of the pandemic, we have been seeing patients face- to face based on clinical need following an initial telephone triage call with a Doctor.

We are keen to return to more standard GP clinics. But as we see a large spectrum of patients, from those with infectious diseases, to those who are clinically vulnerable due to chronic illness, we need to do this safely.

As such, we are proposing to run a trial period of mixed surgeries with a few of the GPs. We intend to re- open the waiting room and would ask that when using this, social distancing rules and masks are adopted where possible.

We will be encouraging the reception team to continue to ask brief medical details about the nature of your problem so that we can safely identify patients with symptoms that need isolation.

In the first instance, we will be operating this trial as a mixture of face- to face appointments and telephone calls in response to the very variable feedback about preference for both of these modes of consultation.

Flu Vaccination update

We now received flu vaccines for all cohorts. Our team are calling all eligible patients to offer them an appointments.
If you are eligible to receive your free flu vaccine, a member of our team will be in contact and/or you will receive a text message / voice message.
However if you don’t want to wait, you can book your flu vaccine appointment either by calling our reception on 01798 342248 or online via SystmOnline or the Airmid app.
We are currently running weekday clinics. Dates for Saturday clinics TBA.

COVID-19 restriction update

Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.

With the announcement from the Government that from 19th July they are likely to be lifting the majority of Covid restrictions, we have reviewed our procedures for the Practice. 

For the safety of all patients and staff alike, we respectfully ask that you wear a face covering when attending the surgery even after the 19th of July.

We also encourage patients not to come to the surgery to book appointments. Please call 01798 342 248 instead.

We will shortly re-open our waiting room with reduced capacity, keeping patient’s safety in mind.

For the time being our Dispensary will continue to function utilising the temporary dispensary hatch (window) that is accessible from outside of the building. (Right next to our main entrance).

As you know the Surgery is and has been open throughout the pandemic. Our GPs had been seeing patients face to face and it will remain that way.  – However because of Coronavirus the way patients are seen in primary care has predominantly changed.


  • If you need to speak to a doctor for any reason, please call between 08:30 and 11:00 on 01798 342 248 and our Patient Services Team members will assist you with signposting you to the most appropriate service, whether that is to speak to a Doctor, attend a pharmacy, minor injuries unit, etc. Please note, our Patient Services Team members have been trained to signpost and they will ask you questions in order to determine the best option for your care.You will be booked a telephone / video triage with a GP, as availability allows. If there are no routine appointments left for the morning you will be asked to call back after 14:00 or the next morning.


  • Our doctors are only able to offer same day appointments at this time (With a few exceptions – please see Paragraph 5 further down). Once triaged the GP may offer a face to face appointment.


  • If you call later than 11am, unless your call is urgent, you will be asked to call back after 14:00 or the next morning between 08:30 -11:00. 


  • Some clinical procedures that require a GP e.g. steroid injections or micro-suctioning will be pre-bookable.


  • Appointments with our nurses, HCAs and phlebotomist remain pre-bookable.


  • Extended Hours nurse appointments, phlebotomy appointments, Asthma, COPD reviews and Initial Physiotherapy appointments are bookable online, using your SystmOne Online account or the Airmid App.


Although the restrictions may be lifted nationally we will closely monitor the local COVID-19 infection rates and we may change our protocols and guidelines accordingly. This may affect your visit to the surgery.

All the above is to help protect both our patients and our staff and we kindly ask that you respectfully follow these requests.  


Thank you for your continued understanding and support.



National Blood bottle shortage

National blood bottle shortage
All GP practices are affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes and are taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritise their use for people with the greatest clinical need. This includes testing for serious conditions such as cancer.
We are following national guidance which has been issued in response to the shortage. As a result, we may need to cancel and delay a number of patient appointments for blood tests deemed routine or non-urgent. If you have a routine blood test appointment your GP surgery will be in touch directly if they need to cancel your appointment, this will be by phone or by text message.
Please be assured that appointments will be rescheduled once the situation has improved, and in line with national guidance. There are a few things you can do if you are affected by this change:
Check our website for updates – we will be sharing the latest patient information as we receive it.
Check your phone for messages from your GP practice. Please ensure your contact details are up to date!
Please don’t call or contact your GP practice with questions about routine blood tests – practices are experiencing exceptional levels of demand at the moment, and your cooperation will help practice staff to focus on reaching those without smartphone or internet access with this critical information.
Do get in touch with your GP practice if your condition worsens so that the surgery can prioritise your blood test if necessary following clinical review.
The changes are likely to be in place for at least four weeks. We will keep you updated as the national situation changes. We fully understand the frustration this is likely to cause and apologise for the inconvenience.

COVID-19 vaccination status confirmation

If you need to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status please use the NHS App or NHS Covid -19 App.

Please note, we are unable to provide COVID-19 vaccination status confirmation letters.

If you do not have access to a mobile phone or tablet or you require an NHS COVID Pass letter then please call 119 from within the UK and ask for an NHS COVID Pass letter to be posted to you.

You can get more information and request this letter HERE

For further guidnance and information please visit the sites below.



COVID-19 vaccination status confirmation

Welcome to Petworth Surgery

For information on how to register, please speak to a member of our reception team on 01798 342248 or click the link below:

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In a medical emergency at any time of the day or night, please dial 999. If you need medical help fast outside of normal Surgery hours please call or click here - NHS 111.

For General enquiries, please click the hyper link or email us directly at petworth.surgery@nhs.net

Please include your FULL NAME and DATE OF BIRTH in any correspondence to ensure we know who to get back to.

Please note that this e-mail address MUST NOT be used for emergencies or urgent communication with your GP. The inbox is checked regularly, but it may take up to twenty four hours for us to get back to you!

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Dispensary Opening times

Monday to Friday  09:00 -13:00 and  14:00 -18:00 

Please note: Every second Wednesday of the month our dispensary is closed between 13:00 & 15:00.

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111 online is a fast and convenient alternative to the 111 phone service and provides an option for people who want to access 111 digitally. 

Your needs will be assessed and you will be given advice about whether you need:

  • Treat yourself at home
  • Go to a Primary Care Centre

If you need face to face medical attention you may be asked to attend a Primary Care Centre.

Click here to access NHS 111 online or call 111 to speak to a staff member.