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Resignation Dr Clare Ilsley June 2022

 A message from Dr Clare Ilsley

I write to let you know that I will be leaving Sidley Medical Practice in July this year. This has been a very difficult decision to make . I have worked here for 11 years and have hugely enjoyed my time here . The last couple of years over COVID have been extremely hard for many, and I think have given a lot of us an opportunity to reflect, and I feel that this is the right decision for me and my family .


I still hugely enjoy being a GP and it has been an honour to be involved in so many of your lives for so long. Its been a privilege to watch your kids grow up, to  share the good and bad bits of your lives, to be able to support you in the tricky times and to be there at the end . I am grateful for the trust that many of you have placed in me , and I have been amazed by  the kindness, humor, stoicism and positivity that many of  you have showed me over the years. This is a job that one never stops learning  in, and my patients have often been the best teachers. 


I would like to thank my partners  and all the staff here at the practice for their exceptional hard work, especially over the last few years where we have seen so much change. And I would like to thank my patients for helping me to develop as a GP over the last decade. I will miss you. 

Dr Clare Ilsley

GP Availability March 2022

At this time we are currently 3 full time GPs short of providing full and comprehensive service to all registered patients.

The practice continues to provide significant primary care services such as women's health screening and contraception services , immunisation and child health screening, learning disability and chronic disease monitoring.

We also do medication provision and acute medical condition support with help from our prescribing allied health practitioners also known as advanced nurse and paramedic practitioners. With our sessional salaried GPs we endeavour every day to meet the needs of general medical and health concerns. 

We have welcomed our new Practice Manager Mr Peter Sims this week who has significant experience across East Sussex the last 17 years and will now take forward maintaining and improving where needed the quality and standards required and expected of all clinical staff and patient facing services. 

We have paused Minor Procedures / Operations at this time to improve access to other key services

Retirement Dr Chris Dixon October 2021

It is with great sadness that I write to you today. As many of you are aware I was very unwell with COVID last year and had to take considerable time off. Sadly, I am still not 100% recovered.

Being seriously ill has put a lot of things in life into perspective and I have felt it necessary to make some significant changes. To this end I will officially be leaving the practice as of October the 1st. 

I will leave the practice exactly 21 years after starting work here. Taking over from John Emmanuel was a herculean task as he was so very highly regarded and loved, but you made this easy by being kind and welcoming.

Looking after you and your families has been an utter privilege that I never once took for granted. Many of you I see more as friends than as my patients, we have been through a lot together over the years. I will never forget your humour, your compassion or your bravery. 

This last year or so has been life changing in so many ways for so many people, I thank you for your patience and understanding at what has been the hardest of times for the NHS. We are not yet out of the woods with COVID , but together we will get through I have no doubt.

The vaccine programme earlier in the year was something I was hugely proud to be a part of with 42,000 vaccines given from our Sidley Surgery, proof of what we can all do if we work together.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your trust, your company and your counsel

I will miss you, and wish you good health and above all, happiness in the future

Dr Chris Dixon

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