MP crowns GP surgery Wealden Heroes


Our MP has presented a Wealden Hero Award to Saxonbury House GP surgery in Crowborough, in recognition of the exceptional efforts of staff and volunteers during the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Saxonbury House has been administering Covid vaccines since mid-January, delivering the lifesaving jab to patients not only from Crowborough but also surgeries in Forest Row, Wadhurst, Groombridge, Hartfield, Mayfield and Rotherfield.  The medical team, led by Senior Partner Dr Susie Padgham, is supported by a team of volunteers across all these practices and together they ensure that 44,000 vaccines have been delivered through the surgery to date. Saxonbury House is now part of the National Booking system, vaccinating patients from across the South East.

Weaden MP Saxonbury House Heroes Award
Saxonbury House Surgery, Crowborough: Dr Adam Bennion, Dr Fran Sneddon, Dr Susan Padgham, Dr Wesleigh Mulder and Nusrat Ghani MP.

Nusrat Ghani has also presented awards to two other GP practices in Wealden, Meads Medical Centre in Uckfield and the Hailsham Medical Group.

Nusrat Ghani said: 

Our GP practices had to adapt rapidly to the constantly changing situation at the start of the pandemic and I am incredibly grateful to the team of clinicians and volunteers at Saxonbury House, Meads Medical Centre and Hailsham Medical Group for their tireless dedication and selfless efforts to deliver this life-saving jab to Wealden residents.

I have previously paid tributes to the teams in Uckfield, Hailsham and Crowborough during Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament and these awards follow so much positive feedback and nominations from a significant number of grateful patients from across Wealden who wrote to me about their experience receiving the jab locally.

I hope that receiving the award has been a wonderful morale booster for the practices after a very difficult year and a reflection on how valued and appreciated they are in our communities.

Nusrat Ghani MP for Wealden

Other local groups and organisations that have been awarded a Wealden Hero Award include Supporting Crowborough, Sewing Crow-Bees and the Horder Centre.



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  1. I can appreciate that Saxonbury House is doing their best but have to ask why my 42 year old son, who has lived in Crowborough 23 years, lives less than half a mile away, has no choice but to attend his covid jabs 16 miles away in Ticehurst. I sent a letter to Saxonbury to enquire why and was told that Saxonbury don’t arrange the appointments. Am I satisfied with the answer ? What do you think.
    I had an operation on my stomach at St Thomas’s hospital in June and the week after, I had been unable to go to the toilet since the operation. I had been taking lactelose but it didn’t work. I phoned Saxonbury in desperation and was told over the phone to keep taking the lactelose. Two days later, I had to phone 111 due to being in severe pain. I was rushed into hospital A&E. Support from Saxonbury was not conclusive. Is it something that I had said ? I am not the only person who has experienced a lack of support from Saxonbury when it really matters.

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