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You may have recently been offered an appointment at a Medical Practice to see a GP or other healthcare professional in the evenings or weekends. This is part of a new service offered by South Downs Health and Care (SDHC). SDHC is an organisation set up by the GP practices of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford. Evening and weekend appointments are now available to book via our practice. In order to utilise one of these appointments, you will be required to give consent for access to our notes to both read and add to them  by the clinician seeing you at the out of hours service. There will be an increase in appointments available for you to book as the service grows.


All patients have an allocated GP. If you wish to know your allocated GP please ask at reception.

The Downlands Medical Centre 

The doctors and staff at the Downlands Medical Centre in Polegate and Lower Willingdon are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare. We run many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.

In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.

Disabled Access

Both our surgeries are at ground level, providing easy access from the High Street. Disabled toilet facilities are also provided.

Branch Surgery, The Triangle in Lower Willingdon

We have a receptionist and nurse run clinics at The Triangle, including phlebotomy (blood tests) and the midwife. Facilities for the disabled are available there too. The branch surgery is now closed on a Friday.

Statement of Purpose

Downlands Medical Centre is a General Practice Partnership open to all patients living within our Practice boundary in the Eastbourne & Polegate area. We work in partnership with our patients and our patient forum to provide medical care for our patients.

We are a GMS practice offering primary care services for the diagnosis and prevention of disease. We help patients to manage their health and prevent illness. Our GPs assess, diagnose, treat and manage illness; they carry out screening for some diseases and promote general health and wellbeing. Our GPs act as our patients advocates, supporting and representing a patients best interests to ensure they receive the best and most appropriate help and/or social care. Our GPs also provide the link to further health services and work closely with other health care colleagues. They may also arrange hospital admissions and referrals to other services and specialists and they link with secondary and community services about patient care taking advice and sharing information where needed. They also collect and record important information from other health professionals involved in the treatment of our patients.

Our Mission Statement

To improve the health, wellbeing and lives of all those we care for.


To work in partnership with our patients and staff to provide the best primary care services possible working within local and national governance, guidance and regulations.




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