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Notice from Alresford Surgery

 The Alresford Surgery

Station Road



SO24 9JL

Telephone: 01962 732345


Newsletter – April 2020



If you have:

  • A high temperature or fever
  • A new continuous cough

Please stay at home and use the following website for further help.

If you require further assessment after 7 days of self-isolation, please call the Surgery & you will receive a call back from a GP. 

The current situation with COVID-19 is leading us into unchartered waters but the staff at Alresford Surgery continue to be committed to providing a responsive service to our patients.  We will be making some big changes to the way we operate our appointment book in order that we can continue to care for everyone in a responsible way.  Our aim is to ensure that only those patients who really need to be seen face to face attend the surgery.

The situation is changing daily and we already have a number of clinical staff who are having to self-isolate which is impacting the way in which we work.  There is a strong possibility that we will be operating with minimal staffing at some point in the next few weeks.  We will prioritise urgent and acute illness.

GP appointments

If you have an appointment booked in the next week or two you will receive a phone call from our reception team to convert that appointment to a telephone consultation with the GP.  This will be on the same day and at the same time as your face to face appointment.  If, following this call, the GP still needs to see you they will book this with you.

For the foreseeable future we will be offering a same day telephone triage system for ALL GP appointments:

Decide which GP you want to see

  • Decide when you will be available for a call back (Morning or Afternoon)
  • Call the surgery on 01962 732345
  • State which GP you would prefer to speak to
  • Explain briefly why you need an appointment
  • Wait for a call back within the timeframe given by the receptionist
  • Discuss the issue with the doctor who will decide if a face to face consultation is needed. If so they will agree a suitable time that day.

Obviously not all GPs work every day, to help you plan your call see below.


Doctor Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Am Pm Am Pm Am Pm Am Pm Am Pm
Dr Cribb
Dr Lowman
Dr Wright            
Dr Cross          
Dr Webb      
Dr Saunders      
Dr Dodd            
Dr Stebbing        
Dr Harris                
Dr Swain        
Dr Hodgekiss        
Dr Harring          


Please keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates in the coming weeks.

Retirement of Sister Sally Denniss
Sally Denniss, who has been a Practice Nurse here for 20 years and a District Nurse here for 10 years before that will be sadly retiring at the end of April.
Over her time at the Surgery she has seen lots of changes and seen lots of patients.
Sally will miss seeing patients and working with the wonderful team at Alresford but feels it’s time to start a new chapter in her life.

Good Friday & Easter Monday closure
Please make sure you have sufficient supplies of your usual medications to last over the bank holiday period which you can order in a number of ways;

The surgery will be closed on Friday 10 April and Monday 13 April. If you need urgent medical care you can access the Out of Hours service for advice, a face to face appointment or, if it is necessary, a home visit.
The number to call is 111. 


111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Retirement of Dr. Cribb 

Dr Richard Cribb will be retiring from Alresford Surgery in early May.  Dr Cribb joined the surgery in 1993 and will have given 27 years service to the town of Alresford and surrounding villages.  We are currently recruiting to fill the gap he will leave and we hope there will be more news about this next month.

Waiting room blood pressure machine

We now have an automated blood pressure machine in the waiting room.
This can be used by non-patients & patients, as long as you live within the local community, so feel free to come down to the surgery and measure your blood pressure at your leisure. Please ensure that you complete your details on the bottom of the printed slip & then hand your result to reception who can then update your records.

This facility can be a very convenient alternative to booking an appointment, especially if you require an up to date blood pressure for a referral for example.
We hope that this will save patients time as well as making more appointments available.

If you require any assistance in using the blood pressure machine please ask a member of the reception team who will be happy to assist you.

The new waiting room blood pressure machine was very kindly purchased by the Edward Pay Medical Fund and New Alresford Town Council for the Surgery. 

Church Services on YouTube

Benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield

Rector: Rev. David Chattell

The Rectory, Alresford Road, Preston Candover, RG25 2EE

01256 389474


Associate Rector, Rev. Stephen Mourant

The Rectory, Church Lane, Ellisfield, Basingstoke, RG25 2QR


01256 381217

March 20 2020

Benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield

Update on arrangements for the immediate time during the Corona virus pandemic

Dear friends, these last few days have been we are sure hugely busy as we have struggled to grasp how things have changed since last week. But remember, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Our God has not changed; He is the beginning and the end, He is the source and giver of life itself, He is the power behind every breath we take, and His promises remain the same: He loves us, He invites us to follow Him, He breathes His Holy Presence into every life by His Spirit, He enjoins us to listen, to walk with Him, to pray, be still and to enjoy that He has given us life in all it’s fullness.

It has been so encouraging to see support being organised across at least 4 of our villages for the elderly and housebound, to ensure no-one is overlooked, and that has been people working together for the common good – well done all those who have initiated and organised them.

Many of you may not be in the habit of prayer and worship together at home: attached are some frameworks you can use at home – one for families with children – published by the Church of England today – let’s try something different. On Sunday we are all called to pray for our nation at this time – I am praying for an awakening by God’s Holy Spirit to wake up those who are asleep in their spirits towards God in particular, as well as His mighty protection upon all who serve in the NHS and medical services that they do not succumb to this illness at any serious level, and that the speed at which it can be brought under control is high. We also pray for those in our communities for whom this virus could be fatal, that they come to their end in God’s time, not hurried but at peace with Him.


We are also wanting to provide daily Bible passages to read, and the Benefice Prayer and Bible Reading diary is ideal: the current one is available from the website now and Stephen will update it in the next few days taking the situation into account.

Stephen has recorded a short service online for Sunday  morning – he has set up a You Tube account and the message has been uploaded to Youtube and the link made available via the website. 

 David has placed an Evening Prayer service on the  here

This tool which has been low in most people’s minds now comes into its own. We will inform you of the link later – and we would be delighted for help from anyone with the expertise.

There are also many other Christian organisations and churches who provide daily spiritual nourishment online: see below. 

We are both available for private counsel, prayer, by phone, email or using SKYPE or one of the other video conferencing platforms with which so many people are familiar in the workplace.

Funerals will continue to take place, weddings also but on a much reduced scale – please pray for Stephen as one of the diocesan surrogates for Common Licences, which will have to be sworn in place of banns which have had to be suspended till services restart. He has several to process already – with paperwork involved and fees.

Arrangements for APCMs are all going to be different with them being delayed till the autumn unless already held.

May we both encourage you all to explore the different ways of communicating with your own neighbours and villages, tell us what you would like us to do to help; most villages have established some form of care for the vulnerable so no-one is left alone without support. 

But we remind you all: this situation is not unknown to the Living Lord: let’s work with Him in discovering what He wants to teach us about our own hearts, attitudes and gifts, how we can use them to bless others at a distance as well as close at hand.

Day of National Prayer this Sunday 22 March 2020

The archbishops have called us to pray, so:-



We pray for deliverance from fear- there’s a lot of fear around.

For looking out for our neighbours in need and to offer help.

To keep in perspective that suffering comes to us all so let’s recognise this situation is difficult but it is not impossible.

To pray for the disease to be stopped: 

To ask for the Holy Spirit to refresh and heal us in order that we may be able to minister with confidence to those in need.

To prepare the dying for their death and help those who fear death to find hope in Jesus Christ.

With our prayers and supporting love

David and Stephen 


(courtesy Dave Walker, cartoonist)

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Covid-19 Update


Dear Fellow Resident,

You may have already received an email from Melissa Jennings dated
11 March offering a contact point with your Parish Council (PC) during the current COVID- 19 pandemic.

The PC met yesterday (17 March) to review the current situation and decide what needed to be done. Elaine Capp of Neighbourhood Watch and Lou Walker joined the meeting at the PC’s invitation. The following decisions emerged:

  •   The parish email distribution list will be the main vehicle of communication.
  •   To plug any gaps in the list the PC will deliver a hard copy of this letter to all


  •   Initial prime contacts for Parish Council coordinated assistance will be:

    Melissa Jennings:

 Tel: 07775 655214

Dennis Nye:
 Tel: 07799 587913 or 01962 733328

If you have received this letter only in hard copy form, please seriously consider letting Dennis have your email details and/or check that your email junk settings are not blocking messages.

We suggest that all residents put in place their own support plans with friends or family. In the event that these plans fail, the PC has set up a team of volunteer helpers, who are willing to offer help/advice to those who are restricted by isolation. If further assistance is beyond their reach, they will seek advice elsewhere.

Unless you have strong reservations, please let the PC know if you and/or your household are in self-isolation or enforced isolation. This information will make it easier for the PC to provide help, should it be needed.

The Parish Council is registered under current data protection legislation to hold such information.

Your PC support group is ready to offer help and welcomes your involvement in whatever form you prefer.