We would like to welcome Dr Emma Reed to the practice. Dr Reed will be at Bridge Street as a Locum GP for 5 weeks from Tuesday 13th March. Dr Reed will be seeing patients who are currently registered with Dr Taylor. Dr Reed will be staying at Bridge Street until Dr Banerjee joins as a partner on 16th April.
Dr Taylor will be leaving the practice at the end of February 2018. We wish him all the very best for his future move to the United States. We look forward to welcoming Dr Shrimpton and Dr Banerjee as partners from April 2018. Patients currently registered with Dr Taylor will be registered with either Dr Shrimpton or Dr Banerjee.
Please note that within the next few weeks the Out of Hours base will move from Chesterton Medical Centre to a clinic within Addenbrookes Hospital (Clinic 9). The service will still be based on an appointment system following your call to the 111 Service, as before.
The Government will expect Primary Care Services to provide extended hours of service from March 2018. This may result in routine appointments being available from 8am-8pm, 7 days per week.
We are currently asking patients visiting the surgery to complete a short questionnaire on whether there is a desire from our patients to consult during these hours (for routine healthcare). Thank you for your feedback on this.
The practice will be closed on the following days during the holiday period- 26th and 27th December 2016 and 2nd Jan 2017. Please review your medication and ensure that you will not run out over the 4 day holiday. Please get medication requests to us in the early part of the week commencing 19th Dec 16 to ensure we have time to process your request. Should you be away from Cambridge (but in England) we may be able to send a prescription to a pharmacy near you electronically. Please speak with the administration team.
As of October 2016, Herts Urgent Care has taken over from Urgent Care Cambridgeshire as the Out of hours provider. HUC were already providing the 111 service for the area. At the present time HUC are providing the service in the same locations as the previous provider. Please access all out of hours care by calling 111. Only call 999 in life threatening emergencies, for instance suspected heart attacks or stroke, uncontrolled bleeding or significant breathing problems. 111 can send an emergency ambulance if they feel it is necessary.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease which can lead to infertility as well as testicular infections or pelvic inflammatory disease in women. In about 70% of people it causes no symptoms at all, although it can cause penile or vaginal discharge and pain on passing urine.
Estimates suggest that in the age range of 16-25 years of age 12-14% of people have chlamydia. Rates are so high because of the high numbers of people without symptoms. The only way to protect against transmission of Chlamydia during sex is to use condoms.
Chlamydia is very easily treated and so early detection is very important in reducing risks of complications.
There is a national screening programme for the age group of 16-25, however people outside of this range can have a test by speaking to clinical staff at the surgery or one of the sexual health clinics.
We would advise having regular checks- either yearly or with each change of sexual partner.
Please do collect a screening pack from reception if you are in the screening age. The test is either a urine test or a self taken swab.
*We are pleased to offer a free goody bag for all patients requesting a test during the first few weeks of term*