REPORTS FROM THE RECORDER & ADVERTISING RATES
PLANNING ADVICE ON
USEFUL LOCAL INFORMATION & LINKS
(Things to do, join and help with)
AND ITS COMMON
LOCAL HEALTHCARE, WATER, SEWAGE, EDUCATIONAL, SHOPS AND FACILITIES
If you are new to Riddlesdown, here are some services available in our area and others close by. For our long established residents, just a reminder what is on our doorstep! See also our Community Page for local groups.
Croydon Council Facilities and Contact Details Link
Police Contact Numbers and Details Link
HOSPITALS & HEALTHCARE
Croydon University Hospital -
(24hr A&E) Website
530 London Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7YE
020 8401 3000
April 2023 Know where to go if you need medical advice
Purley War Memorial Hospital Website
GP Hubs in Croydon
Purley War Memorial Hospital, 856 Brighton Rd, Purley, CR8 2YL
GP Hub opening times; 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year
020 8401 3000
Parking Details Link
GP Hub, Parkway Health Centre, Parkway, New Addington CR0 0JA
GP hub opening times; 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year
020 8251 7225
GP Hub, East Croydon Medical Centre,
59 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 6SD
GP hub opening times; 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year
Caterham Dene Minor Injuries Unit Website
Caterham Dene Hospital, Church Road, Caterham, CR3 5RA
(Open 8am -
Children aged 5 plus can now be seen at Caterham Dene Minor Injury Unit for injuries such as sprains, cuts and grazes. The service is available 7 days per week from 8am -
Or Dial 111
Did you know that a trip to A&E may not be necessary?
You can now call 111 when you need medical help fast, but it isn’t a 999 emergency. You can call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and all calls from landlines and mobiles are free. Link
Mitchley Ave Surgery, 116 Mitchley Avenue; T 020 8657 6565 Website
This GP practice merged with the Selsdon Park Medical Practice from 1/4/22
Selsdon Park Medical Practice, 97 Addington Road Selsdon; T: 020 8657 0067 Website
Parkside Group Practice, 27 Wyche Grove, S Croydon;T 020 8680 2588 Website
Woodcote Medical, 32 Foxley Lane, Purley; T: 020 8763 5620 Website
Keston Medical Practice, Purley Hospital, 856 Brighton Rd, T 020 8660 8292 Website
Queenhill Medical Practice; 31 Queenhill Rd, S. Croydon T 020 8651 1141 Website
Farley Rd Medical Practice; 53 Farley Road, S Croydon T 020 8651 1222 Website
The Moorings Medical Practice 2A Valley Road, Kenley T 020 3417 7565 Website
For a full list of NHS Services near you, type in your postcode on the NHS Website
No NHS Dentists in our area, but for a full list of NHS Dentists,
visit the NHS Website
London Air Ambulance
Did you realise the LAA is a charity and relies heavily on donations?
It receives no Government Funding. Website
OUR WATER SUPPLIER
SES Water, London Rd, Redhill RH1 1LJ
OUR SEWAGE COMPANY
Thames Water plc Tel: 0845 920 0800 (24 hr) Website
From 1 October 2011, Thames Water are now responsible for many drains that are shared (you are still responsible for the section of drain that solely drains your property). If a shared drain is blocked or damaged, then contact Thames Water first for advice Website
Call UK Power Networks on 105 or 0800 31 63 105
Or text POWER and your postcode to 80876 Website
Call Southern Gas Networks on 0800 111 999 Website
ALL SHOPS IN OUR AREA;
LOWER BARN ROAD
102 Lower Barn Road 020 8660 1400
Newsagents, Confectioners, General Store and Sub Post Office.
Groceries, Fruit & Vegetables,
Confectioners, Wines & Spirits, Stationery, Cards,
Tobacco, Fresh Bread and Rolls (Sat only).
National Lottery, Dry cleaning, Ice Cream, Ready meals.
Sun; 6am -
Find Royal Mail services near to you
Delivery/Post Offices and post boxes/collection times -
104 Lower Barn Road 020 8660 7150
Opening times; Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri -
Wednesday; 9am -
Electronic & Repeat Prescription Service for Mitchley Ave Practice,
Woodcote Practice, Parkside Surgery, Selsdon Medical Practice, Moorings,
Keston House, Purley Memorial
Minor ailment advice & treatment. Medicines use review. Community trays. Stop Smoking clinic. Malaria prescribers. Flu jab. Brand new vitamins/supplement range. Blood pressure checks. Healthy Heart checks. Deliveries.
Why not leave a review about this excellent Pharmacy on this NHS website?
Hairdressers (Ladies and Gents):
Tip Top Hair
100 Lower Barn Road 020 8660 2123
Opening Hours; Tues, Wed 9am -
Thursday & Fri -
Closed Sunday & Monday
Special Rates for Senior Citizens -
106 Lower Barn Rd 020 7585 5042
Tuesday to Saturday; 8am to 4.30pm
Sunday; 8.30am to 3pm
ALL SHOPS IN OUR AREA;
King Fish and Chips, 71b Mitchley Avenue, 020 8651 4499
K K Food & Wine
Newsagents. Groceries. Household Goods. Oyster Cards. Daily Fresh Bread
National Lottery Tickets. Wines, beers & spirits etc. My Hermes Parcel Shop,
Pay Point ATM
71 Mitchley Avenue 020 3609 7521
Opening Hours; Mon to Sat; 6am -
Beauty King -
73 Mitchley Ave, 020 8651 2512
75 Mitchley Avenue 020 8651 4747
Open 7 days a week 6am to 4pm
Vera (Bar & Grill)
77/79 Mitchley Ave
OTHER SUPPLIERS WHO ADVERTISED
IN OUR RECORDER MAGAZINE (Summer 2023)
LITHO & DIGITAL PRINTING
Cherrill Print Website
Leaflets, brochures, booklets, newsletters, letterheads, business cards, invitations,
orders of service, personalised stationery, funeral orders of service, forms,
carbonless sets, posters, photocopying.
297 Brighton Rd, S Croydon, CR2 6EQ
020 8681 7826
Customer service and quality guaranteed by small family business
specialising in domestic blinds;
Rollers, venetians, verticals, velux, pleated, conservatory roof, awnings, shutters, canopies, window films, curtains
Tel/fax; 020 8651 3569 -
Riddlesdown Collegiate (Secondary) Website
Honister Heights CR8 1EX
020 8668 5136
No Primary Schools in our area but these are nearby:
Atwood Primary Academy Website
Limpsfield Rd, Sanderstead CR2 9EE
020 8657 7374
Gresham Primary School Website
Limpsfield Rd, Sanderstead, CR2 9EA
020 8657 1807
Harris Primary Academy Kenley Website
(Formerly Roke Primary School)
51 Little Roke Rd (Godstone Road), Kenley, CR8 5NF
020 8660 2714
Castle Day Nursery
The St Edmunds site -
“After a lot of consideration and taking into account cost and number of children attending at Castle Day Nursery at St Edmund’s we came to difficult decision that we will no longer continue to operate from this site as from September 2023 . We are continuing providing childcare at Castle Day Nursery at Memorial Hall (Purley Downs Rd) and looking forward to welcome children as usual . We would like to thank parents/ careers , children and Castle Day Team for continued support.”
Further information for Memorial Hall, Purley Downs Rd
and contacts is on their website
CHURCHES and Halls
St Edmunds Hall, Mitchley Ave (junc with Lower Barn Rd)
From Christmas 2019. St Edmund’s closed as a cHurch
However, every Tuesday afternoon at 3pm there is a Holy Communion Service at St Edmund’s followed by light refreshments. All are welcome.
St Edmund’s is now affiliated with St James’ Church, St James’ Rd, Purley
All Saint’s, Addington Rd, Sanderstead
Purley & Kenley Churches Together Website
Croydon Churches Forum -
Vue, 14 High Street Croydon (Grants) 08712 240 240 Website
Vue, 21 Hesterman Way, Croydon (Valley Park) 08712 240 240 Website
Screen Cinema, Oxted (Everyman) 0871 9069060 Website
THEATRE & CONCERT HALL
Fairfield Halls, Theatre, Concert, Gallery -
General Enquiries: 01372 279083
Emergency telephone number: 01372 279488
On Site Office (limited opening hours) 020 8660 4625
Follow links to find nearest Groups
Croydon Girl Guiding Website
Croydon Scouting -
Croydon Scouting -
Purley Bury Sports & Social Club (Brancaster Lane) covering:
BOWLS Purley Bury Bowls Club
CROQUET Purley Bury Croquet Club
TENNIS Purley Bury Tennis Club
020 8668 5250
Riddlesdown Lawn Tennis Club, Lower Barn Rd Website
A small friendly club where everyone is welcome -
A first year special offer of membership for just £130.
Junior section with full coaching sessions organised by MDL Coaching
on Sat mornings throughout year.
Further details -
The PROBUS Club of Sanderstead & Riddlesdown
Meet at Old Whitgiftians Sports Club, Croham Rd, S Croydon
From noon on first Tuesday of every month
YOUR SQUARE MILE
“It’s here to help you make your neighbourhood better and be somewhere
that others look up to. Delve in and see how you can get things
you want for you and your community.” Website
Link to other Community & Leisure Groups on this website Website
Purley & Woodcote RA Website
Sanderstead RA Website
Kenley & District RA Website
Hartley & District RA Website
Old Coulsdon RA Website
East Coulsdon RA Website
Coulsdon West RA Link
Selsdon RA Website
LOCAL HISTORY etc.
The Bourne Society Website
Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society Website
Francis Frith for old photographs, maps and
books of Riddlesdown and surrounding areas Website
A site devoted to promoting good citizenship and beating anti-
The local CCCG/NHS are planning to put a new medical Centre in Coulsdon to cater for the increase in population in the south of the Borough. This new medical centre will be on the site of the southern playground of the old Smitham School, adjacent to Woodcote Grove Road, Coulsdon, (next door to the former CALAT Centre).
The new centre will be used by a number of GPs in the south of the borough.
These are some possible uses at the new centre:
* General Practice
* Musculoskeletal hub
* Rheumatology clinic
* Talking Therapy
* Integrated Community Team (health, social care and voluntary sector services)
* Falls & Frailty clinic
* Children and midwifery
* Housing and benefits advice
A drop in session has been arranged next week on Thursday 4 and also Friday 5 November 2021 from 1.00pm to 6.00pm at the Coulsdon Methodist Church, 83 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2BE. A talk will be given at 1.30pm each day.
This new medical facility may well be used by our local GPs. See also this pdf for more information.
The RRA have been made aware in the last week or so, of many local rumours circulating about the possible closure of the Sanderstead Clinic in Rectory Park, within the next few months and to sell off the site to build a block of flats. The Croydon Health Services NHS Trust own the site.
The RRA when made aware, took this up with our MP Chris Philp, the Sanderstead Ward Councillors and the Croydon CCG. None of them were aware of this possible development.
Chris Philp e-
"We continually review our estate to make the best use of all of our premises to provide the best, most accessible and most efficient service we can to our patients. There are no agreed plans to close Sanderstead Clinic which is an important part of our estate and sees 4,500 patients a year.
Our ongoing review includes how we utilise some of the empty clinic space in Purley War Memorial Hospital which is 2 miles away from Sanderstead and provides a range of services including minor injuries and minor illnesses. Early conversations have begun to see what additional services, like physiotherapy or speech & language therapy, could move in to Purley to make this a central part of our care for people in the south of the borough but this does not mean changes at Sanderstead would have to happen.
At this stage we are only looking at what is possible. No decisions have been made and there would be no movement of services without a clear explanation to local people."
This Clinic, with some other services, primarily houses a Baby cafe, Children's Speech and Language Therapy, Podiatry and the Croydon Moorfields Community Eye Clinic and is an important service in the local community.
We'll keep residents updated if we hear anymore.
The RRA are sure that many of you are grateful for the exceptionally dedicated service which our local Pharmacist Naseem and her extremely helpful staff in Riddlesdown provide, not just for dispensing prescriptions but other valuable medicines and supplies in the shop.
At the moment, we can obtain our prescription forms at our doctors’ practice, and we can pick up our medicines direct from the chemist straight away or within a few working days. If your GP surgery offers an internet service then you can re-
Funding for a pharmacy service is broadly calculated on the number of prescriptions dispensed by the service. In 2006 the essential small pharmacies scheme was introduced to ensure pharmacies with low volumes and who were more than 1 km from the next nearest pharmacy were supported. This scheme ended in March of this year (2015). Whilst we remain confident that our local pharmacy will continue to flourish and support the residents of Riddlesdown we must not be complacent.
The truth is, the only way to be certain of maintaining our local pharmacy and indeed our local Post Office, where the also extremely helpful Vee Jay is in charge, is to use them. With more and more local shops and services fast disappearing to the large chains and supermarkets we must ensure our local pharmacy service, which is so essential for many local people, especially the elderly, continues to operate. Are you aware for example that your GP surgery can now send your prescription electronically directly to the pharmacy for you to pick up? Naseem, will also provide free of charge and even deliver to clients who are house bound, pre-
Did you also know that besides dispensing your prescriptions, our local pharmacy also provides a wide range of free NHS services including, new medication consultations and medicine reviews both in the shop and if necessary in the persons own home, if they are housebound. Cardiovascular health checks, including cholesterol testing, can also be provided at the pharmacy along with a one to one stop smoking clinic. The pharmacy is also part of the Croydon Minor Ailment Scheme whereby the Pharmacist is able to prescribe over the counter medications for a whole plethora of common conditions. This service is free to children and adults who are exempt from prescription charges, thus avoiding unnecessary visits to the GP.
Established over 40 years ago Riddlesdown pharmacy provides an essential client centred service for the local community and with no other pharmacies nearby we need to make sure we use and keep it.
The RRA would ask that you use the Riddlesdown Pharmacy for your prescription service. Please give them a try and also help and support all our local shops in both Lower Barn Rd and Mitchley Ave which are a lifeline to many, especially the elderly. Thank you.
Footnote; Repeat Electronic prescriptions
Increasingly, GP practices are using the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). This allows repeat prescriptions to be sent electronically to the pharmacist or dispenser of the patient's choice. This should improve both efficiency and convenience for all concerned. Access to the relevant system is through the use of smart cards. A GP applies an electronic signature to the prescription by using the PIN number for their smart card. A prescription can be cancelled at any point up until it is dispensed. More details about this service should be available on the website of your GP practice or ask at your practice.
Why not leave a review about this excellent pharmacy on this NHS website?
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