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 Winter Pressures

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 appointments are bookable by ringing reception on the usual number

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.

Alternatively, there are a wide range of other local NHS services available, including:

  • NHS 111

NHS 111 can help residents if they need medical help or advice urgently but it’s not a life-threatening situation. Open 24/7, 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects patients to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics, and GPs.


They will ask questions to assess the symptoms, and give healthcare advice or direct the caller to a local NHS service. If necessary, they can also call an ambulance or direct people straight to A&E. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.


  • GP out-of-hours service (OOH)

You can access the GP out-of-hours service by calling NHS 111. The NHS 111 team will assess your condition over the phone and if they think you need to be seen by a health professional, they will refer you to the OOH GP service.


  • Self-care

Many minor illnesses can be treated at home with basic medicines that are available from your local pharmacy. Stocking up on essential medicines can help you avoid a trip to the GP or even A&E. Medicine cabinet essentials include:

  • painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol, and ibuprofen

  • anti-diarrhoea tablets and rehydration powders

  • indigestion treatment

  • bandages and plasters

  • antiseptic cream or spray

  • first aid kit


  • Pharmacies

Local pharmacies can offer expert advice and treatment for a wide range of common conditions and minor injuries.


Pharmacies can help with a range of things including aches and pains, hangovers, colds, emergency contraception, and non-prescription medication. General opening times for pharmacies can be found at


  • Minor Illness and Injury Units

There are a number of Minor Illness and Injury Units (MIIU) across the county that can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings. No appointment is needed.


Peterborough MIIU

Monday – Sunday: 8am-8pm

Bank holidays: open 8am-8pm



Monday – Friday: 8.30am-6pm

Saturday/Sunday: 8.30-6pm

Bank holidays: 8.30-6pm


Doddington MIU

Monday – Friday: 8.30am-6pm

Saturday/Sunday: 9am-5pm

Bank holidays: 9am-5pm


North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech

Monday -Friday – 8.30-6pm

Saturday/Sunday – closed


  • Mental Health – 111 option 2

There is a new First Response Service (FRS) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which gives those in mental health crisis the opportunity to get access to help quickly, by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2*.


The new service allows patients or carers to speak to specially-trained mental health staff who can provide advice, support, and signposting to other services. The service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.


  • Dental emergency and out-of-hours care

If you think you need urgent care, contact your usual dentist as some practices offer emergency dental slots and will provide care if clinically necessary. You can also call NHS 111, who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.


Clinics & Services

Chronic Disease Clinics

There are several chronic illnesses for which we provide routine follow-up clinics.

  • Asthma Clinic: Sarah Canham
  • Diabetes Clinic: Sarah Jane Lewis
  • Heart Disease Clinic: Sarah Canham, Sarah Jane Lewis

Family Planning

The doctors deal with all aspects of Family planning including barrier methods, pills, injections, implants, coils, termination counselling and sterilisation counselling.

Copper and hormone containing coils are fitted at the surgery.

Coils and Implants are fitted by Dr Steward so if you would like to discuss either of these please make an appointment to see her.

Maternity Care

Antenatal care is shared between the doctors and our local community midwives' team (The Ivy Team). Please make an appointment with your GP as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed.

The community midwives provide antenatal appointments on Friday mornings between 10:20 and 11:40. The doctors will see you for routine antenatal check-ups during normal surgery times.

The Ivy Team can also be contacted directly by telephone on 01223 596 212.

Children's Immunisations

Children's Immunisations are done by our practice nurses. There are set baby clinic appointments which will be sent to you but if the times are inconvenient you can rearrange these.

Click here for the NHS recommended schedule.

Travel Vaccinations

We currently are only able to offer immunisation and advice for Hepatitis A and Typhoid ONLY. Patients are advised to contact their local Travel Clinic for advice on vaccinations required for the area of the world being visited. If Hepatitis A and Typhoid is recommended, we are happy to provide these for you. We are also able to provide you with a list of previous vaccinations on request. Please ask our reception team for this information.

The practice nurse will only be able to advise on anti-malarial. Certain types of anti-malarial are available only on a private prescription for which there is a charge of £10 plus the cost of the tablets however the practice would recommend travellers attend their local Travel Clinic for this service.

Cervical Smears

Routine cervical smears are performed by the doctors and nurses at 3 year intervals between the ages of 25 and 50 and every 5 years thereafter until 64.

Additional smears may be done if there is a medical reason for them - such as bleeding between periods.

Minor Surgery

We are able to perform operations for a wide variety of minor conditions such as the removal of moles, skin cysts and the treatment of ingrowing toenails.

Usually the doctor who carries out the procedure will wish to see you in advance of the operation. If you feel that you will require minor surgery it is helpful if you discuss this with the receptionist so that they can book you in with the appropriate doctor.

Blood Pressure

The surgery can loan blood pressure machines to patients who have been asked to monitor their blood pressure over the course of a week. Please ask at reception and state if you require a standard or a large cuff machine. You can collect a form for your readings from reception or you can download one here.


Please remember to return the machine when you have finished and let reception have a copy of your readings.  This form can also be used with your own blood pressure machine. 


Child Health Clinics

Willingham Surgery                

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday 14.00 – 16.00 

(appointment only Tel 01954 260230)

Over Surgery                           

Every 1st Tuesday 14.00 – 16.00

Bar Hill Health Centre              

Every 1st & 3rd Friday 14.00 – 16.00

(appointment only Tel 01954 780442)

Longstanton Village Hall         

Every 2nd Monday 10.00 – 11.30

Swavesey: Bethal Baptist Church        

Every 4th Thursday 10.30 – 12:00

Histon Early Years Centre                    

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday 13.30 – 15.00

Ladybirds Playgroup, Lambs Lane, Cottenham           

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday 13.30 – 15.00

Waterbeach Primary School, in the Library                

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday 10.00 – 11.30

All Saints Church  Milton              

Every 1st Friday 14.00 – 15.30


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