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Thursday 9th November


We would like to sincerely apologise to our patients who were trying to contact us during our closure afternoon. The Surgery was closed for training as per guidance from the CCG. We had instructed our telephone provider to change our answerphone message, and provide a mobile telephone number for one of our GPs, so patients who needed urgent medical attention could contact them. Unfortunately despite confirmation and assurance from our provider earlier in the day, the message was not changed until late in the afternoon. We can only apologise for the inconvenience caused. Should you like to discuss this matter further, please contact the surgery and leave your details. Our Practice Manager will contact you.

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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.

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.

Now’s the time to get your free flu jab! 

Local residents in at risk groups are being reminded to get their free flu jab.  Adults over 65; those with long term health conditions; children aged two to eight; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu.  Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and last for several weeks. It can lead to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children, and pneumonia or bronchitis for those with underlying health conditions, and in some cases it can be fatal.  

Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly through the population.  It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as the elderly, expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions.

Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is still the best protection against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths amongst vulnerable groups.

Vaccines are available between October 2017 and March 2018, so contact your GP or pharmacy now – it’s free because you need it. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell 

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

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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