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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. 

Access to Online Medical Records

The Surgery currently offers patients' facilities to book, view, amend, cancel and print appointments on line. We also offer the facility for all patients to order online, view and print a list of their repeat prescriptions. The Surgery has offered patients the facility to view online, export or print any summary information from their record, relating to medications, allergies, adverse reactions and other items agreed between the practice and individual patient since 4th March 2015

We publish and promote our online services to our patients through our website, waiting room leaflets, screens, posters and by discussion with the Spinney Patients Association 

From March 31st 2016 online access to medical records was provided to patients- which gives access to all coded information held within their record.   To find out how to access your detailed coded record, please ask at Reception.

Debra Wheatley

Managing Partner

May 2017

updated June 2018

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