Arch Health CIC: a special kind of surgery, supporting people experiencing homelessness in Brighton & Hove
Covid-19 vaccination update
We are delighted to confirm that we have started a Covid-19 mobile vaccination service, from early February 2021, to target vulnerable people who are facing homelessness in Brighton and Hove. We are operating an outreach service into the larger temporary accommodation hostels in the city on Mondays and Tuesdays, and then operating a roving service or basing vaccinations at our Morley Street surgery on Fridays, according to biggest need.
We are partnering with St John Ambulance, and have the ambitious target of vaccinating 1000 people over an eight week period, to ensure maximum coverage and no vaccine wastage. We will be contacting our patients directly, according to their grouping on the vaccination priority list, when they are eligible for vaccination. We will also be covering a number of sites throughout the city over the next few weeks, and so anyone not registered with Arch will be notified through their key worker if they are eligible for vaccination with our mobile service. Please see this page for further information on Arch's Covid-19 vaccination. See our news page for a report on Day 1 of the vaccination service.
Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, will not be charged for:
- testing for coronavirus (even if the test shows you do not have coronavirus)
- treatment for coronavirus – including for a related problem that affects some children called multisystem inflammatory syndrome
- vaccination against coronavirus
No immigration checks are needed for any of these services. See GOV.UK: NHS entitlements for migrants for information in other languages.
Whilst the vaccine is being rolled out across the UK's population, we continue to work extremely hard to prevent and delay the spread of Coronavirus.
We need your help to keep people safe; keeping our distance from other people and washing our hands regularly are extremely important.
In order to protect our patients and staff we are changing the way the Arch surgery works for a while:
- We will now be conducting almost all of our consultations by telephone rather than face to face. If you have a booked appointment please wait for your nurse or GP to telephone you.
- If your circumstances require a face to face appointment you will be offered one, but this will normally be after a telephone consultation.
- Please do not come to the surgery with symptoms which you think may be Coronavirus. People showing these symptoms need to self-isolate for at least 7 days and we can advise you about this over the phone.
- We can also give advice about your prescriptions and other medical matters by telephone.
Take the Friends & Family Test
The NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT) was introduced in 2014 to help service providers and commissioners understand whether their patients are happy with the service provided, or where improvements are needed. It is a quick and anonymous way to give your views after receiving care or treatment across the NHS.
Help us to improve our service, learn more about the test and give us your feedback.
Get well, keep well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
Our reception PowerPoint can be found here
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
(Site updated 05/04/2021)