Newsletter – May 2018

from Lisa Smith

Please note the Surgery will be CLOSED on Bank holiday Monday 7th May and Bank Holiday Monday 28th May

Helping your hospital to help you
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust reported that this winter saw more patients than ever before enter the doors of A&E. Waiting times were reaching seven and a half hours in A&E. Patients can help the hospital by understanding the circumstances in which they should attend. A&E deals with life-threatening emergencies, such as:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • Persistent, severe chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe burns or scalds

Less severe injuries can be treated in urgent care centres or minor injuries units (MIUs). Details are available on the Cambridge and Peterborough CCG ‘choose well’ web pages. Minor injury units can treat problems such as sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, insect and animal bites, minor eye injuries and injuries to the back shoulder and chest.

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In case you were thinking of going somewhere…

Updated 16th March, 23rd March, 24th March

There has been a flurry of announcements concerning upcoming road closures connected with the A14 improvements. You can read the official wording in the Parish Council area.

Some details are not entirely clear. Here’s what we know about the Bar Hill bridge closure specifically:

For the whole of the week beginning Tuesday 3rd April (Easter week), the bridge over the A14 at Bar Hill will be closed.

Highways England have now published detailed maps showing access at all the local A14 slip roads during the bridge closure. You can see it here.

The Citi5 bus service will not run between Cambridge and Longstanton during the closure. It will run between Cambridge and Bar Hill and a separate service will connect Longstanton to the Park & Ride, Willingham, Swavesey and Fenstanton. Travellers between Longstanton and Cambridge will need to use the Busway services. Details here.

How traffic volumes will be affected remains to be seen. This is a period when schools are out and many people take holidays, so, hopefully, the regular commuter traffic will be less heavy than usual.

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Newsletter – April 2018

from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery

Gluten Free Prescriptions
Following the Public Consultation on Gluten Free Prescribing, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG have decided to NOT adapt their position. Therefore gluten free foods are not recommended on the NHS for patients in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. For Further information please ask the surgery for the Patient Letter and the Gluten Free Information Leaflet issued from the CCG. A copy of these are also available on the Surgery website.

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Alex Riley to stand down as SCDC Councillor

Alex Rileyfrom Cllr Alex Riley

On Thursday 3 May – in just less than ten weeks – every District Council seat and every Parish Council seat within South Cambridgeshire will be up for re-election, even though it is only two years since the Longstanton seat was last contested.  Further information is available here (link) :

For the District Council, this will be coupled with considerable changes.  The council will reduce in size from 57 to 45 elected members and all seats will be up for re-election every 4 years, rather than a third of them every year for three years.  In Longstanton’s case we will be in a ward which also contains Oakington and Northstowe and this new ward will have two elected councillors, rather than Longstanton being on its own and having one councillor.  Such is the rate of growth in our locality that we can expect yet another re-organisation within 10 years, simply to accommodate the growing size of Northstowe.

After much thought I have decided that I will not be offering myself up for re-election as your District Councillor.  I will have served the village for 16 years, having been Chair of the Parish Council from May 2002 to December 2006, and your District Councillor since May 2004.  I think it is time to make way for someone else who is able to put the energy into the role that I used to.

I would like to thank the many of you who have voted for me on the four occasions I have stood.

The role of District Councillor does not need to take up very much time but it does require commitment and can be challenging.  If any local resident would like to discuss what it involves I would be happy to talk it through with you.

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Airfield Road closure

Alex Rileyfrom SCDC Cllr Allex Riley

At the Northstowe Community Forum held on 17 January, a representative of Sisk’s (the company responsible for the infrastructure of Phase 2 of Northstowe) explained that they intended to install a crossing across the Airfield Road via traffic lights. They were waiting for clarification of the Public Right-of-way situation from the County Council but were intending to close the road from early summer.

This statement was in conflict with what residents had previously been given to understand, namely that the closure of the Airfield Road would not take place until the local works to upgrade the A14 (including the road for local traffic) have completed.

I have recently met with Homes England (formerly the HCA) in order to clarify the situation. They have explained to me that any permanent closure of the Airfield Road could not take place until a public notice has been advertised. This notice will be advertised setting out the proposed details of the stopping up order and will be subject to a 28 day public consultation process which would be run by the County Council.

I am very relieved to hear this because it is my view that to shut the Airfield Road while the A14 is in its current state would be a serious mistake.

Newsletter – March 2018

from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery

Hospital Waiting Lists
Please note that some hospital departments currently have very long waiting lists. Once your referral has been sent to the hospital, the GP has very little power to expedite your appointment or move you up the waiting list. The hospital is responsible for prioritising your referral. Moving a patient up the waiting list will obviously lead to a longer wait for someone else. If you are concerned your referral has been lost or forgotten, we are happy to check on the progress for you. Please contact the surgery if you are concerned.

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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.

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Newsletter – January 2018

from Sharon Unwin – Practice Manager


Patient Survey
Thank you to all our patients who took part in our annual Patient Survey. The results have been published on the practice website. We are delighted with the positive feedback we received. We always like to know what you think so we can improve the service we deliver, and invite you to comment either via NHS choices, through our website or using the suggestion boxes in the surgeries.

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