Thumbs Up Photo 2023

Thumbs Up Award 2023

Brow Health Centre scoops top Sussex award for supporting people with learning disabilities to access annual health checks

Living with a learning disability can often mean poorer physical and mental health. An annual health check can improve people’s health by spotting problems earlier.  

Dr Amy Dissanayake, local GP, NHS Sussex Medical Director, and National Specialty Advisor for Autism in NHS England, said:

People with a learning disability can sometimes find it hard to know when they are unwell, or to tell someone about it.  A health check once a year gives people time to talk about anything about their health or wellbeing that is worrying them and means they can get used to going to visit the doctor.

The Sussex Thumbs Up scheme supports GP Practices to increase the number of people who receive an annual health check, make reasonable adjustments to support care, reduce health inequalities and prevent early deaths.

The Brow has secured the top “gold” level of the quality kite mark, for excellence in various standards including: improving access; training of all staff; providing accessible information; completion of health checks and ‘My Care Passports’; and overall health care.

95 per cent of patients at The Brow with a learning disability received an annual health check last year.


Dr Karen Eastman, GP and senior partner at The Brow, said:

We are thrilled to have our work recognised. It’s so important that we work closely with anyone caring for those with a learning disability, and the patient themselves, to encourage them to access health services and this important annual health check. We are all proud to have contributed to this award, and particular thanks go to our dedicated Learning Disability team – nurse Scarlet Hutchinson, GP Mandy Claiden, and our Learning Disability Champion and Care-coordinator Hazel Sharrad.

Over the last three years we have made changes in our practice to be more proactive and improve care for our learning disability patients. Our team has established a supportive relationship with patients and encourage them to take up offers of vaccinations and health checks. Our flexible appointment system allows for longer appointments and the ability to book times when the surgery is quieter, and we provide support and information in accessible ways including a dedicated area on our website. We feel these things have really helped to make a difference to our patients and their carers.

Anyone aged 14 or over who’s on their GP’s learning disability register can have a free annual health check once a year. You can ask to go on this register if you think you have a learning disability.

In the past year (April 2022 – March 2023) GP practice teams in Sussex have completed 7,422 annual health checks for people with a learning disability. That’s 75.4 per cent of people registered with a learning disability in Sussex.

Take a look at the video here:

Published on 23rd Jun 2023

Greener Practice

Greener Practice

This practice is delighted to be signed up to the Green Impact for Health Toolkit and is actively taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint.

The climate emergency is also a health emergency, and health care in the UK contributes 5.4% of the UK's carbon emissions.

We need to enhance the health of our current population without compromising the health of future generations, and this means operating within the sustainable boundaries of the planet.

Fortunately most of the solutions for the planet also make our health better - for example eating a mainly plant-based diet, engaging in active travel and exercise in nature, avoiding smoking, reducing pollution etc all enhance our health and reduce our need for medications, with further benefits to the NHS, your health and the carbon footprint of healthcare. Take a look at the Greener Practice website to learn more about this.

Published on 23rd Jun 2023

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

  • Our practice is working closely with local pharmacists to support you with certain minor health conditions, as it may be more appropriate to have your NHS consultation with a pharmacist instead of the GP practice.
  • You can choose to have your consultation with any pharmacy convenient to you.
  • The pharmacist consultation will be confidential.
  • Pharmacists are highly skilled healthcare professionals who have trained in medicines and can give health advice and help you manage your condition.
  • If treatment for symptoms is required, the pharmacist may suggest an over the counter medicine.
  • If the pharmacist thinks you need to see another healthcare professional, they will help arrange it.
  • With your consent, the pharmacist will ensure your medical record is updated with the outcome of your consultation.
  • Find out more about how pharmacies can help at:  

Please ask us if you want any more information about our Community Pharmacist Consultation Service.

Published on 26th Apr 2023

HRT pre-payment certificate (HRT PPC)

To reduce prescription costs for women receiving Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), on 1 April 23 the Government is launching the HRT PPC.

For more information on this please visit:

The HRT PPC can be applied for via the NHS BSA (see above) or a participating pharmacy (we do not keep a list of these and you will need to find one).

The HRT PPC will cover certain HRT medicines and will be valid for 12 months (please check the website above to see if your HRT medicine will be covered).

Published on 23rd Mar 2023

BP machine and height/weight stand

Check Your Own Blood Pressure

You no longer have to make an appointment with the nurse to check your blood pressure as we now have a machine in reception where you can just walk in and do it yourself!

At the same time, there is also equipment for you to check your height and weight too.

Why not come and give it a go.  It's very easy and our lovely reception staff are always there to help if you have any questions.

Published on 28th Feb 2023