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.
Additional appointments available at this practice
We are making more appointments available for patients at this practice. Additional appointments can be booked from the end of January until the end of March 2018. This is because we know that there are times you want to be able to see a GP at short notice. We also know that over winter lots of people have seasonal illnesses which require more than a pharmacy but don’t need emergency treatment.
The extra on-the-day appointments are bookable by ringing reception on the usual number.
If you haven’t yet signed up for GP Online services simply call into the practice with two forms of photo ID and proof of address. We can sign you up there and then. GP Online Services makes it easy to book appointments online, request repeat prescriptions and view some of your medical records. Find out more about this on www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices
If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know. We can then offer that appointment to someone else who needs it.
Please click on the following link for information on the wide range of alternative NHS services available this winter:
Keeping warm and well this winter
Cold winter weather can affect your health. Every winter there are about 25,000 extra deaths caused by cold weather – and around 240 of these are in Cambridgeshire alone.
Winter conditions are associated with an increase in injuries and illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. It can be particularly harmful to those that are older, under the age of five or have a long term health condition such as heart, lung and kidney problems.
Keeping warm is an important way to stay well during the winter months. Top advice to keep warm and well this winter:
Top advice to keep warm and well this winter:
- Keep warm and healthy by keeping rooms heated to at least 18C.
- Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it.
- Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold.
- Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies.
- If you meet the criteria register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers.
- Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help you stay warm.
- Get financial support to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
- Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly.
Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
Follow #winterready and #weatheraware on Twitter for winter health advice
Top tips for staying steady during winter
The NHS is urging people to stay well this winter, as well as to look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help during the colder months. Slips, trips and falls also all become more likely during the wet, cold and icy winter weather conditions.
Tips for staying steady, especially during winter are:
- Wear sturdy, well fitting suitable shoes outdoors
- Ensure steps and paths are clear before you walk. Be especially careful if you see wet pavements that could be iced over
- If you feel unsteady avoid going out when icy
- Make sure rubber tips on the end of sticks have a good tread – when they wear smooth they can skid on wet surfaces and should be replaced.
- Wrap up warm outside and stay warm at home too as muscles work more efficiently when they are warm, helping to prevent falls. Set the living room temperature to 70ºf or 21ºc and the bedroom to 64ºf or 18ºc
- Make sure you have regular hot drinks during the day and get up and walk around indoors for a few minutes regularly if you can do this safely.
Don’t swallow up your NHS - use it wisely this winter
Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45*
You can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.
So be prepared and stock up on winter essentials today:
- pain relief (paracetamol)
- cough and sore throat remedies
- first aid kit
- upset stomach treatment
- rehydration treatment
- heartburn and indigestion treatment
Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you.
*£45 is the average cost for GP consultation time, cost of the medication, and dispensing fee.