HIV Tests - don't delay

on Tuesday, 07 April 2015. Posted in blog

Should you have a HIV test?

HIV Tests - don't delay

If you are worried that you may have been exposed to the HIV infection, the chances are that you will want to bury your head in the sand. However with our rapid results test you can get your peace of mind back quickly and easily with a simple test. 

If you may have been exposed to the virus then it is important to get tested as soon as possible. Indeed, if you think you may have been exposed to the virus within the last 72 hours then there is anti-HIV medication that may stop you becoming infected. Remember that people living with HIV may have no signs or symptoms at all.

If your exposure was more than 28 days ago then we can offer a test which gives you results in just three minutes. You can come alone or bring a friend for moral support if you wish.

However if your exposure was less that 4 weeks ago, it is good to get tested as soon as possible so treatment can be started quickly. The results take slightly longer to come back but treatment can be started sooner so it is much better for your health to be tested as soon as possible after your exposure.

We can see you in our clinic at Hampshire Health just off the M27 close to Chichester, our private general practice clinic offers many options for health care so is very discrete, no-one will know what you are being seen for.

Cut the worry from your life and come in for a simple blood test, our doctors are highly experienced and will talk you through every aspect of your test.

The service is confidential and caring, call us on 01243 388 712

Need to see a doctor quickly?

on Friday, 09 December 2016. Posted in blog

Same Day and Next Day appointments

Need to see a doctor quickly?

With NHS pressures, it can be increasingly difficult to see your doctor as quickly as you might like. At Southdowns we appreciate that when you are ill you want to see your doctor as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary worry and to start any treatment quickly.

If you'd like a same day appointment please call our reception and we will do our very best to fit you in promptly.

Call us to book your appointment on 033 022 02000

Shingles....Why Vaccinate?

on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. Posted in blog

The importance of vaccinating against shingles

Shingles....Why Vaccinate?

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox, it s estimated that 1 in 4 of us will have an episode at least once in our lifetime.

Shingles is caused by the Varicella-zoster virus which also causes chickenpox.  Following a dose of chickenpox (usually in childhood) this virus remains dormant within the nevous system until it is re-activated in later life. 

This painful rash which begins as a burning sensation in the skin, followed by a rash of fluid filled blisters which may burst and turn into sores is mostly prevalent in the over 50 s and whilst it s not really known what re-activates it, reduced immunity, age and physical and emotional stress are thought to contribute.

The Shingles vaccine (Zostavax) increases protection against the infection to 85% and vastly alleviates the symptoms in those unfortunate enough still to develop the virus.

Whilst the NHS offers an immunisation programme to those aged over 70, it s widely considered prudent for anyone over 50 to be immunised in order to avoid this very painful virus. Here at Southdowns we have been successfully immunising against Shingles since 2008. Call on 033 022 02000 to arrange an appointment and get protected. You can choose to be seen at either of our Hampshire or West Sussex clinics.

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Making time for your health

At Southdowns we believe that giving our patients time to discuss their health is a critical factor in good health.

Our consultations are unhurried, allowing us to fully explore your concerns and talk through any issues you want to discuss.

Patient Confidentiality

We do not share any information about our clients with anyone else, unless you give expressed permission. Unlike the NHS we operate an “opt-in” policy regarding data sharing, meaning that unless told otherwise we will not share your details with any third parties.