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Welcome to Willingham Medical Practice

With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

 

Heading off to university or have children starting university?

Whether you’re a fresher or heading into your final year, or a parent of a university student, we have a few basic health care tips for students.

1. Get the ACWY vaccine – it protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Ask your GP practice for the vaccine.

2. Register with a GP when you get to university. You never know when you might need medical help. If you take any regular medicines that are only available on prescription, for example the contraceptive pill, make sure you have enough to last the term or until you can register with a doctor close the university.

3. Take a first aid kit with you. It might not be the most exciting thing to pack but a first aid kit with plasters, painkillers, treat for upset stomachs, thermometer, tweezers, insect bite cream or spray and antiseptic cream is a good start.

We would like to invite all teenagers born between 01.09.1998 and 31.08.1999 to make an appointment for the ACWY Meningitis Vaccination. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the nurse.

Kids back at school? And the bugs that come with it? 

No sooner do the kids start a new term than they pick up some lurgy or other. 

Coughs and colds, upset tummies, sickness bugs and headlice are among some of the main culprits, all of which can be treated at home with basic medicine available from your local pharmacy - no GP appointment or prescription required! Alternatively practice nurses, can help with lots of minor conditions which mean you don’t need to see a GP.

Remember that children can get between eight to 10 colds a year, and a cough can last at least three weeks before it starts to improve. Visiting your GP and getting medication on prescription, which could be easily bought over the counter, costs the local NHS approximately £45 each time you visit.

For further information on treatment of common childhood illnesses you can view or download the local NHS ‘Your Guide to Childhood Illnesses’.  A handy guide on common childhood illnesses for parents of children under six, it also has information about spotting the signs of a serious illness and local NHS services.

link to the guide is:
https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/leaflets-and-guides/your-guide-to-childhood-illnesses

Working in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau

We are very excited to announce that from July 2017 Willingham Medical Practice and Longstanton Branch Surgery will be able to offer free confidential advice and support meeting with an advisor from the Citizens Advice Bureau. An advisor  from the CAB will alternate weekly between Willingham on a Tuesday Morning and Longstanton on a Monday Morning.

Meet our in-house Citizens Advice Advisor and get help with

  • Budgeting
  • Benefit Issues
  • Dealing with Debt
  • Other issues such as employment and housing.

Please contact the surgery for further information on how to access this service

Bar Hill registrations

We regret to inform you that we are currently unable to accept any further registrations from Bar Hill. This area currently falls within our outer boundary, and we are having to suspend applications due to capacity and the increasing demands on GP time. We have to ensure the clinical care we are able to provide all of our patient population is the very best it can be, which is why we have made the decision to limit our intake from the outer area so we can continue to do so.

Please be assured the situation will be reviewed and we will inform patients when we are once again able to accept applications from our outer boundary.

For clarification, any Bar Hill residents already registered with the surgery will be unaffected by this change in policy. We are able to continue accepting registrations from Willingham, Longstanton, Rampton, Over, Swavesey and Northstowe.

Should you have any concerns about this, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery and ask to speak with the Practice Manager who will be more than happy to help.  

‘Know your heartbeat’

21st Nov 2017 at 12.30pm at OVER Surgery, 1 Drings Close, Over CB24 5NZ

The Over Surgery are holding an educational session for patients with an interest in atrial fibrillation and heart rythym problems. This will include:

  • Talk from Nick Mills, cardiac specialist, about common arrhythmias and addressing atrial fibrillation.

  • Talk from Nigel Cole from the British Heart Foundation

ALL OUR PATIENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

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