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Cathedral Medical Group
Cawley Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1XT

Telephone: 01243 813 450
click here for Aesthetics or Tel: 01243 813457

Email: cathedralmedical@nhs.net


COVID Vaccinations - Updated 15 February ( posted on Jan 7, 2021 )

Percentage of Patients given first COVID Vaccination

Chichester Alliance of Medical Practices


UK National Average


95.3% of patients aged over 70 years have been vaccinated

85.5% of patients aged 65 - 69 years have been vaccinated

77.7% of patients aged 16 - 64 years with a Risk Condition have been vaccinated


Figures updated for 28 February 2021



Latest updated shown in green

We wish to give you advanced notice that the current NHS National Plan is for patients to receive their second vaccination at the same site as their first vaccination. This will mean that those patients who were vaccinated at Tangmere and Selsey will still need to go to those centres and will not be able to use the Westgate Centre. Action is underway to try to move the Tangmere clinic to a more central site. We expect to start providing second vaccinations towards the end of March and will contact patients nearer the time.


Subject to delivery, the next vaccination clinics are as follows:


5 Mar Tangmere Village Centre

5 Mar Selsey Centre


These centres continue to provide vaccinations to patients from all eight ChAMP Practices (Cathedral Medical Group, Langley House, Lavant Road, Parklands, Selsey, Southbourne Tangmere and Witterings). These practices are working together to provide the vaccines fairly to all patients in the wider Chichester area; none of these practices are being prioritised ahead of any others nor are any practices vaccinating their patients any faster than others. The vaccination sites will be staffed by a mixture of local GP Practice staff, hospital staff and members of the public who have volunteered from the local community.









When you attend the clinic, please dress warmly as occasionally the queue extends outside and after your vaccine you will need to wait for 15 minutes in a well ventilated room. Please however dress appropriately so you can provide easy access to the top of an arm. It would help if you can bring a piece of paper with your Name, Date of Birth and Post Code written on it. Please advise your vaccinator if you have any allergies.


Please do not attend the vaccination hub if you have any COVID symptoms.


A central ChAMP NHS Organisation will contact eligible patients directly by telephone to book them into the Tangmere or Selsey clinics; alternatively, due to the scale of organising the vaccine, you may also receive a text message but before responding to this please see the message below regarding Potential Fraudulent COVID Vaccination Telephone Calls and emails. You will not be asked for your NHS Number when you are contacted. Please DO NOT contact your GP surgery as they will not be able to book you into this clinic. Your practice has already supplied a list of eligible patients to this central organisation. Please only attend a vaccination hub when you have been provided with a confirmed appointment time. Patients without confirmed bookings will be turned away as otherwise there would be insufficient vaccine for those that have been booked.


We are now targeting patients in the Priority 6 Cohort which is in line with NHS National Directives. Patients in Cohort 5 are receiving NHS letters inviting them to book at a Mass Vaccination Site, such as Westgate Leisure Centre, Portsmouth and Midhurst. GP Practices are unable to book patients directly into these mass vaccination sites – patients should follow the guidance in their letters to book such an appointment.


The eligible cohorts are listed below, cohorts 1 – 6 are currently being vaccinated (highlighted in blue):


· Priority 1: Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults.

· Priority 2: All those 80 years of age and over, frontline health and social care workers.

· Priority 3: All those 75 years of age and over.

· Priority 4: All those 70 years of age and over, those clinical extremely vulnerable individuals over 16 years old.

· Priority 5: All those 65 years of age and over.

· Priority 6: Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at risk group.

· Priority 7: All those 60 years of age and over.

· Priority 8: All those 55 years of age and over.

· Priority 9: All those 50 years of age and over.


We have tried contacting all patients in Cohorts 1 – 6 above. If you are in one of these cohorts and still wanting the vaccination, please email your name and telephone contact numbers to ipc.covidcatchupchichester@nhs.net or telephone 0333 370 4111, Monday to Friday, 8.30am-12.30pm.


Please advise us if we should use a different telephone number to contact you, if you are temporarily living away from your permanent home but remain within the wider Chichester area. If you are living temporarily in a different part of the country, please contact a local practice for their arrangements.


Further updates on the COVID Vaccination will be provided on this news page as they become available.






Potential Fraudulent COVID Vaccination Telephone Calls and Emails - Updated 14 January 2021

URGENT: Given the scale needed for the Covid-19 vaccination programme all local GP surgeries will be using a range of ways to contact patients to book their appointment. This includes phone call and text message. You will never be asked for anything other than a few personal details to confirm your identification and you will certainly never be asked for anything financial.  In responding to this, please be mindful of the following:

We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination or asking for NHS Numbers in preparation for receiving the vaccination.


In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.

People are warned to be alert to these scams.

The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. You will not be asked for your NHS Number when you are contacted.  At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.

The NHS will:

  • NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
  • NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.


Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.


COVID Recovery Website ( posted on Aug 6, 2020 )

A new website has been launched called Your COVID Recovery. It is a new NHS website

designed to help people recover from the long term effects of Covid-19 and to support you in managing your recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering. Please go to https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk to view the your COVID Recovery website.

Face Mask exemption Letters: No GP medical letter needed ( posted on Jul 24, 2020 )

Face masks or coverings are now mandatory in most public areas.

We understand that some patients will be anxious about wearing a mask especially those with certain medical conditions. 


GP’s are not required or in a position to provide exemption letters for patients who believe they should be exempt from wearing a face covering. 


The current guidance suggests there is no requirement for the public to provide medical evidence for exemption from wearing face masks therefore a self- declaration should be sufficient.


Please go to the GOV.UK link below for more information on the use of face coverings.




For specific requirements in reference to public transport, shops or other areas where masks are required please contact those specific companies for further information.

eConsult ( posted on Jul 3, 2020 )

As you are all aware the last few months have been a challenge for all of us. Here at Cathedral Medical Group we have been working hard to try to maintain a responsive service whilst at the same time keeping patients and staff safe.


One of the measures we have put in place is eConsult. With eConsult you don't need to wait on the phone or queue at the surgery to speak to a receptionist. By answering a few simple questions, you can send your enquiry through at a time that suits you. Your message is redirected to the appropriate person who will respond as soon as possible.

As we are all discovering many issues can be resolved remotely either by email or telephone but if the doctor needs to see you face to face they will arrange for you to come in. 


We have received such positive feedback for this service and would encourage you all to give it a try. To use eConsult simply click the banner on the home screen.

Covid-19 HIGH RISK PATIENT CLARIFICATION ( posted on Apr 14, 2020 )

There is a lot of controversy in the press about who is sending shielding letters to patients. This is the current advice as of 13.4.20


Criteria for patients who qualify for the Shielding Advice and letter

  • People who have had an organ transplant who remain on long term immune suppression therapy
  • People with specific cancers - people :- 
  • with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.  Severe asthmatics are those who are frequently prescribed high dose steroid tablets.
  • people with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)
  • people  on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • people who are pregnant with significant congenital heart disease

The Government have identified the patients as above and sent them letters directly.  THe surgery have been given this list, have checked through it and contacted patients directly where necessary.


We are still receiving queries from patients who think that they should have received a shielding letter and so have produced the following guidance for both our patients and staff:


Who has told the patient they need a shielding letter?

1.  If a hospital specialist then please return to the specialist as it is their responsibility to issue a letter if they have identified you as being at the highest risk of complications of a Covid-19 infection and therefore need to self isolate for 3 months.  Please do not ask reception staff in this instance.

2. The patient themselves feel they are risk and have been on to the cabinet office website and registered as high risk and had a message back to contact the GP as they have not previously been sent a letter from NHSE.

  • The receptionist will take your details and add to the Covid-10 shielding self-declared waiting list and the clinical team will review your details and send you a text with the outcome of this assessment, we will aim to do this within 4 working days.  Please tell the staff exactly why you think you should be on this list with reference to the above.

3. Another hospital based clinician has indicated that the patient is a high risk - eg a Motor Neurone Disease nurse, Respiratory nurse, A&E doctor or another source

  • If this is the case the patient should self-declare themselves as high risk on the Cabinet Office website and if the message back is to contact the GP then email the surgery on cathedralmedical@nhs.net  (or telephone if you do not have an email access) with details and the surgery will proceed to option 2 above. 

Cabinet Office website for self-registration

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely -vulnerable  


Changes to how we look after you ( posted on Mar 17, 2020 )

We have been advised to scale back the amount of "routine work" that can be classed as non essential in order to prepare for increases of coronavirus and to give Gp time to prepare for how we manage our workload over the coming weeks and months, when we are expecting and planning for staff shortages both clinical and non clinical. Our intention is to keep the surgery running as smoothly as we can.


You may be contacted if you have a face to face appointment and advised that this will now be a telephone appointment. If the Gp decides that a face to face appointment is necessary to make an appropriate and safe clinical decision, then they will invite you into surgery. 




We will be booking on the day only as much as we can, with limited exceptions. Most of our appointments wherever possible will be telephone appointments, unless we need to undertake a procedure - i.e. give an injection, dress a wound. You may be triaged by nurses, or Gps depending on the type of appointment requested. 


However, please accept and support our staff if you phone to book your usual annual review, or routine bloods and you are requested to call back in a few weeks time as the service has been suspended, they are simply following the Partners instructions.


For admin matters, i.e. change of address, please use our email address. please post Rx scripts through our letter box.


The surgery has a coronavirus planning group and each decision about a suspension of service has not been taken lightly and has been discussed with regard to the clinical risk and appropriateness of suspending the service.


Many services will continue as normal, or with adaptations  - our wish is to keep the surgery as uncrowded as possible, to keep you the patient as safe as we can and to protect our front line staff.


Thank you for your continuing support. We will continue to update the website as and when we make any changes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) ( posted on Mar 16, 2020 )


Please follow the gudiance as issued by our givernement on all aspects of coronavirus.


Do not come down to the surgery





MJOG messaging ( posted on Mar 21, 2019 )

We have a new SMS service called MJOG which allows you to respond in a limited way to text messages that we send out. For example, when you get a reminder about your appointment, you can respond to that message and cancel your appointment with one word. 


We can also invite you for flu clinics or update your smoking status. All because the SMS gives you instructions to follow to text back to us certain words that will let us know for example:- whether you smoke, or tell us that you don't want a flu jab. We then won't keep asking the same question as we are duty bound to, if you have responded as asked. 


So please, make sure we have your mobile number, it could really help the surgery work more efficiently and hopefully reduce our "patient did not attend"  rate  - those wasted appointments that could have gone to someone else.

( posted on Oct 15, 2018 )

We are improving access to appointments

From 01 October, GP and nurse appointments are now available during the evening and at the weekend for people across Coastal West Sussex.

This means that urgent appointments are available up to 8pm during the week, and during clinics on a Saturday and Sunday.

This aims to improve access to GP appointments and help local people to get the help and support they need.

The service is run by Innovations in Primary Care (IPC), a not-for-profit company owned by local GP practices.

The appointments will be available at local GP access hubs, run from GP surgeries, and they will be both routine and urgent appointments with a doctor, nurse or healthcare professional.

The teams will see new illnesses when you urgently need to see a health professional, and offer planned appointments such as family planning and smear tests that can be hard to arrange whilst at work or when you are caring for family or a loved one.

IPC has been running the MIAMI clinics in Adur and Worthing for the last three years, which has offered a very similar service, offering help for ‘Minor Injury Assessment & Minor Illnesses’.

These clinics have been successful and helped local people to access the help they need outside of normal opening times.

We hope that this roll out of the hubs across the whole of Coastal West Sussex will mean that all patients registered with a GP practice in our area can benefit.

You book into the GP access hubs via your normal GP practice, and you may be offered an appointment at one of the hubs at the weekend if you call NHS 111 for urgent health advice and support.

The hubs may be at your GP practice or they may be at a neighbouring GP practice locally in the community around you.

The teams will have access to your medical records with your consent, and any care they provide will be added to your notes so your GP practice can continue any ongoing care.

Patients can book into these appointments by calling your registered GP practice in the normal way, and they will be able to access the booking system and make sure you receive the help and support you need.

Access to your GP Medical Records ( posted on Apr 16, 2018 )


Access to your GP Medical Record

Our Medical Record Computer System is set-up so that if you receive medical care from one of the organisations below, they can, with your explicit permission, gain access to your GP Medical Record, thus helping them in their care of you.


Community Nursing Team

Onecall & Echo

St Wilfrid’s Hospice

GP Extended Access

The nurses and other health professionals who work in the community and visit patients at their home

The team who coordinate Urgent Care and End of Life Care in the community

The team who Provide Tailored End of Life Care in the Community & at their Chichester Hospice

The new Minor Injury & Minor Illness clinics providing additional GP Appointments


These teams will not be able to access your medical record if you have not been registered with them to receive their services.  They will also ask for your Explicit Consent to view your GP Medical Record when they first see or speak to you.  If you say no, they will not access your record.


If you do not want one or more of these organisations to have this ability, please ask for a Sharing Dissent form from Reception.  Please make such a decision carefully as it will mean that even if you subsequently gave them explicit consent, they would not be able to access your record until they have spoken to the Surgery.  This would be delayed overnight and at weekends when the surgery is closed and potentially when they need such access the most.

Accessible Information Standard ( posted on Mar 14, 2018 )

The Standard sets out a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.


Overview of the Standard

NHS England have produced a short summary document which provides an overview of the Standard for patients, service users, carers and parents.


Click on this link to see the summary document This is available in a range of formats.


We strive to record any accessible information to support our patients in a variety of ways, but please contact us if you have a need under this standard that may not be obvious to us. 

CQC Updated report June 2017 ( posted on Jul 4, 2017 )

We have received our updated report, having undertaken the three things they wished us to address as required.


Fridge locks

DRB checks on two staff

Scripts in dispensary signed before medication issued to patients


Cathedral Medical Group were also keen to highlight the implementation of other suggested areas that we believed we could improve on. CQC were very pleased that we are always striving to improve the service and procedures we have in place to deliver the best patient care. 


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