Patients living within the practice area are welcome to register and our reception staff can confirm your eligibility from your postcode. In this respect please bring along proof of address such as a recent utility bill.
As a practice our first obligation is to provide a safe service to our registered patients and therefore the practice has decided not to accept out of area patients in view of the practical or clinical needs of our in area patients. This includes patients who are currently registered with us and moving to an out of area address.
You will also need to complete a registration form (GMS1) and a health questionnaire which will provide useful information whilst we wait for your medical records to arrive from your previous doctor.
New patients are welcome to have a health check with a member of the healthcare team.
Medical treatment is available from the date of registration. Please contact reception for further information.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them. You can download the guide below.
A Patient Guide to GP Services
You may print off a registration form, fill it out and bring it in with you on your first visit to the practice.
With approximately 10,250 patients, the current four medical partners have previously used a personal list system designed to provide maximum continuity of care. However, moving with the times and acknowledging skill mix and patient choice, the practice has in recent years encouraged patients to see the doctor of their choice or to see the clinician with appropriate skills for their problem. Surgeries are by appointment and telephone consultations are an established part the way the practice works. The practice provides patient care to residents of St Ives and a number of surrounding villages with the village population representing approximately one third of the total patient complement.
The practice is accommodated in its own purpose built premises, which over the years have been extended and adapted to suit the changing needs of the practice patients and the extensive range of services offered.
The practice team, headed by Debra Wheatley (Managing Partner) consists of a full range of reception and administrative staff and a full complement of nursing and clinical staff.
The practice is committed to regular meetings, which it believes provides the necessary foundation for effective planning, teamwork and ongoing practice development.
The practice was originally founded by John Oubridge in 1969 during boom development of St Ives, and has grown over the last 40 years. The Spinney is one of the two larger surgeries of five practices in the town of St Ives and one of the largest in the Huntingdon area. Since 1978 the practice has been a teaching and training practice. The partnership has developed over the years and now consists of doctors Sean Culloty, Janie Anderson, Eira Trewavas and Abu Belal with Mrs Debra Wheatley, Managing Partner. The partners have been lucky to recruit some excellent clinicians over the years including new Associate doctors Meena Kanagasabapathy, Mark Amphlett (from August 2017), Jenny Claydon and Raj Banerjee.
Location: St Ives, Cambridgeshire
St Ives is a delightful place in which to live and work. It is a typical small market town but is remarkable for a number of features: its quaint riverside setting with ancient bridge and chapel, its most attractive traditional market square with 'local man' Oliver Cromwell’s statue taking pride of place and its proximity to the University City of Cambridge. Rail links from Huntingdon will get you almost anywhere. London in an hour, Edinburgh in four and so close to motorways that Birmingham is under two hours away.
St Ives has an excellent range of local facilities including shops, both outdoor and indoor sports complexes catering for most sports, churches and schools - particularly infant and junior. St Ives also has an excellent Community Comprehensive school - St Ivo. There are others in Huntingdon (Hinchingbrooke and St Peter's) and Ramsey (Ramsey Abbey). There are also a number of independent schools nearby in Cambridge, Kimbolton, Ely, Peterborough and Bedford.
The area is well provided for in terms of hospitals. Hinchingbrooke Hospital is about 7 miles away and provides a full range of services including community services. 85% of referrals go to this hospital. Referrals are also made to Addenbrookes Peterborough and Bedford Hospitals with tertiary referrals being made to Addenbrookes and Papworth.
I.T. & Systems
The practice is extensively computerised and uses SystmOne for all clinical requirements and of course the usual plethora of other software and hardware now deemed necessary to efficiently run a complex medical practice.
The Surgery was an “early adopter” of the latest “Choose and Book” initiative which enabled hospital appointments to be made on line or by telephone directly with the Hospital for certain specialities.
Clinically we use the computer for:
All prescribing and repeat prescribing of medication.
Dispensing of medication.
Smear and immunisation data.
Health promotion data.
Registration, items of service and links.
Generating reports essential for audit of all types.
Referral letters and communications with other organisations.
Choose and Book.
Document management system
These fact sheets have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. They cover issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.
Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups.
Open the leaflets in one of the following languages
If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
Download the Temporary Resident Registration Form
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