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Self Care Medicines.

The Medicine Optimisation Team of the Cambridgeshire CCG has instructed us to stop prescribing treatments that are available over the counter, inexpensive and used intermittently. This includes hay fever medication which we are therefore no longer routinely issuing and instead asking patients if they are able to purchase themselves. 

The main reason for this rationing is the very challenged financial position of the Cambridgeshire health economy which if not addressed will result in cuts to important services which will affect us all but we must also remember that there are advantages to buying these medications as it promotes self care, independence and reduced reliance on the surgery.

At The Spinney we understand that such changes are not popular but all of us must do what we can to protect our fragile health economy and we will prescribe for those patients unable or unwilling to support our local NHS in this way. 

Gifts and Donations

Patients and relatives sometimes feel that they would like to make a gift to the surgery in recognition of the care and treatment they have received. It is entirely at your discretion. Under no circumstances are partners and members of staff permitted to accept personal gratuities. They may, however, exercise discretion in accepting small personal gifts of chocolates, flowers etc.

If you would like to make a more substantial gift, this should be sent to the Managing Partner who will acknowledge receipt of all contributions received. It would be greatly appreciated if you would make your donation payable to The Spinney Partnership. Your donation will only be used to provide additional facilities or special equipment which would not normally be provided from within our usual resources. It would be really helpful if you have a preference, if you could state what you would like your donation put towards. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Debra Wheatley, Managing Partner on 0844 477 3603 or 01480 495347.

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