Reviews (124)

Impossible to get through on the phone

February 17, 2021
Trying to get through on the phone. Gave up after several attempts at holding on for 15-30 minutes and being told by the automated message that I was 1st in the queue! Also no other way to contact the surgery, no contact details for the practice manager who should be first point of contact for issues

Anchor Healthcare was brilliant.

February 12, 2021
When it merged with Rowe Ave Surgery the Doctors were all brilliant, but getting through by phone was nigh impossible. It took me 3 days of constant phoning and being put on hold only to be told 'there were no slots' available every time I managed to get through (6 times am & pm). The final time I told the receptionist I was desperate and could I just speak to anyone for advice as I was very concerned regarding my symptoms. She replied 'if I was that concerned to phone 111' and then hung up. I did an online survey on 111 and a nurse phoned me back within 10 minutes and after a few more detailed questions said she would try to contact Havens Health. I was surprised to receive a phone call from one of the Doctors at Havens Health 5 minutes later who prescribed antibiotics to be delivered urgently - which they were. One surgery for the whole of Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs is a recipe for chaos and disaster. Lewes District Council should hang their heads in shame (building more housing estates). Also the 111 service will be inundated with phone calls from patients who are unable to access their surgery.

Impossible to get through via phone

February 9, 2021
I tried all day to contact Meridian surgery. When I eventually got through after hours of phoning I was told I could only phone to book an appointment at certain times of the day, and seeing as I missed both times (because I couldn’t get through) there were no appointments left for the doctors or the nurses’. I couldn’t speak to a doctor, and the doctors e- consultation service had stopped. If I felt my condition was serious they go to A&E ! Being type 1 diabetic a COVID hotspot is the last place I want to go with a painful hip, which my GP could’ve helped me with if I could’ve got an appointment!
Nicola Grigg

Absolute sham!!I feel for elderly vulnerable

January 26, 2021
After covid I slowly recovered I bother no doctor until after i had hearing problems so I tried n tried all day calling by phone no answer! Then I had enough went upto the surgery greeted by very unsympathetic deputy manager who could not careless telling me I can't make appointment I have to telephone! So rude uncaring towards me I was feeling exhausted I just wanted talk to doctor ! No u can't she said so I was forced to call and stand in cold wind they could see me waiting some miracle or by fact I was seen outside they answer phone ! Very shame full service no empathy nothing just treated like numbers !! So after all that I finally got doctor call me few hours later nice enough but clearly not know her patient once again little sympathy but at least dealt with problem and arrange meds. We understand its not easy time its time your patient need u most don't treat them like dead horses !! Show some understanding instead of arguing they maybe unwell and want help !
Mr john wayne saggers

Doctors good, getting through not easy

December 23, 2020
Once I managed to get through and get an over the phone appointment, I had to say it was a heart issue to be seen (which it was!). The doctor called me back and I had to send photos of the affected areas but was told no doctors available to see me. They made me an appointment with the paramedic who was superb, but I was then referred to the doctor the next day. The care shown by the doctor was good, as he has now referred me to Cardiac team in Brighton, but making the contact with them is not easy. Also I actually ended up seeing 2 people and talking to a doctor on the phone so in effect had contact with 3 people whereas if I could have just seen the doctor first time that would have limited contact and I think make better use of their time. Probably still not enough doctors for the large area they have to cover.

Unable to Contact the Surgery

December 23, 2020
Just echoing most other posts, it is nearly impossible to get through to the Surgery. I hear that they are or have expanded the number of lines and receptionists but if they have done this then it has made no difference at all.
I have been with this Surgery for a very long time and I feel that the care for the patient is now missing
David Kent

Good in the past, but service now is poor.

December 22, 2020
I've been registered with the surgery for more than 20 years. It's slowly gone downhill in recent years, the care when you get it is fine, but the biggest problem now is getting an appointment to get the care you need. When there was a walk in surgery, you could be seen on the day, now the only way to get an appointment is by phone which I've found means staying on hold for ages only to be cut off after 20 minutes. I tried using systmonline last week, where I've made an appointment before, only to find that option has been removed without notice. I understand with Covid 19 the surgery will be busier, but if this is the case, then it needs to be communicated better. My wife and I were sent a text from the surgery for a flu jab, which we would like to have, but I have been unable to get through to the surgery. I will probably try to find a pharmacist instead for the flu jab. An urgent review needed to sort this out.

Lack of health care

December 22, 2020
Since Rowe avenue surgery joined Meridian surgery it’s been a nightmare just to get through on the telephone when you do get through the reception staff do try and meet your needs

Difficulty getting prescription

December 22, 2020
My 90 year old mother has had difficulty getting eye gel prescription which was prescribed by Eye Hospital. She was with Rowe Avenue surgery for over 40 years. No letter sent to patients telling them of merger. She held on the phone for over 20 minutes tried for days to get through.
Goodness knows how they are going to sort out covid vaccine.

The worst surgery I have ever encountered....

December 22, 2020
I am a carer for an elderly gentleman with cancer and other many mistakes made with the staff at the surgery. My own experience....prescriptions late in coming through, staff who are under pressure and access to Dr's....phones not answered.

Dr Starling and Partners (Meridian Surgery)

Diagnostic and screening procedures, Family planning services, Maternity and midwifery services, Services for everyone, Surgical procedures, Treatment of disease, disorder or injury


(01273) 588200

Anchor Healthcare Centre
Meridian Way
East Sussex
BN10 8NF


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