Newsletter – February 2018

from Sharon Unwin – Practice Manager

Driving with Care
We have recently received some complaints and concerns about some quite dangerous and inconsiderate driving on the surgery road and car park. We would like to remind patients that the road leading to the surgery, and particularly the junction with Long Lane, can be extremely busy with small children on the school run during peak times. Please drive slowly and carefully when entering and leaving the surgery road, and take particular care during busy periods. If you witness anything dangerous please report the registration number of the vehicle concerned to the Practice Manager.

Lucky Squares total
Thanks again to all those who purchased our Lucky Squares and congratulations to those who won prizes. We managed to raise and donate £358 to Magpas this year, exceeding last years’ total.

X-rays and Test Results
We would like to remind patients that you need to contact the surgery in order to find out any test results including blood tests, urine, X-rays and Ultrasounds. Unfortunately, we do not have capacity to contact patients with their results, even if there is an abnormality. Please contact our receptionists after 11am for your results, and they can pass on any comments and advice from the GP.

Keeping warm and well this winter
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:

  • 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.

Carers Support Meetings
Our next meetings are at Willingham Surgery on Weds 7th February, Weds 7th March and Weds 4th April at 2pm. If you are a carer, please pop along and get some support from other people in the local community. We will put you in touch with other agencies who can advise on benefits, and offer support and relief when you most need it. Refreshments provided, no need to pre-book and completely FREE! Please contact Sue Lawson at the surgery or email her at for more information.

Cambridgeshire Hearing Clinics 2018
The next Hearing Aid Clinics at Willingham Surgery are on Weds 21st February, Weds 21st March & Weds 18th April. No appointment necessary, just pop along for your free NHS hearing aid batteries and for help and advice regarding hearing loss.

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the families and friends of Mrs E Marsh for their generous donation to the our surgery equipment fund in memory of their loved one who passed away recently.

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