The practice moved to Grove Road on the 22nd January 2001 after 70 years at the White House in South Street. We have 2 male partners and 2 female partners. Dr Verghese joined the White House Practice in 1982 and became the senior partner in March 2007. Dr Nayak joined the practice in April 2007. Dr Grant re-joined the practice as a salaried GP in July 2018 and Dr Bandara joined the practice in October 2018. The doctors have a partnership contract but are not a limited partnership. The doctors have a close working relationship with many members of the community health team and we provide primary health care to approximately 7300 patients.
We welcome new patients from within the practice area. A map of which is provided in the New Patients section, under practice area. Effectively this is postcodes BN20 - 23. If you live in our practice area and would like to register with us, please ask at reception for registration forms or complete the on-line registration forms, which will be electronically sent to us. You will be registering with the practice rather than an individual GP, although you will be able to say which practitioner you would prefer to see. We invite all new patients to attend for a health check with one of our practice nurses and if you are on any regular medication you may also need to see a doctor. Please bring any evidence of medication you are on with you.
Grove Road Surgery became a training practice in August 2010 meaning that we have a GP Registrar in the practice as part of their specialist training in General Practice. If you are given an appointment with our registrar you will be notified that this is the case.
The practice is also a medical student training practice, accepting 4th and 5th year medical students from both Brighton Medical School and Kings College Medical School in London. When medical students are in the surgery, either shadowing one of our doctors or nurses or undertaking their own consultations, you will be notified by the receptionists when making the appointment and reminded when you come to the surgery for your appointment. Medical students when undertaking a shadowing role, require your consent for them to be in the consulting room. If you do not wish the student to be present, you can request that they be asked to leave. On other occasions the medical students will actually conduct the consultation, but the GP tutor will always oversee this. Your consent is again required for the student to undertake the consultation, but bear in mind that your GP will also be involved and because you are partaking in the student’s training the appointment will be slightly longer to allow for the tutorial aspects.
Our surgery is accessible to patients using a wheelchair. East Sussex Council has also provided disabled parking spaces at intervals along Grove Road, some of which are close to the surgery.