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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. 

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If you need urgent medical attention when the surgery is closed, you can contact a doctor by calling 111 or the surgery number.

NHS England has commissioned the use of Herts Urgent Care to provide emergency (or urgent) medical care. Your call will be answered by a trained receptionist or nurse who will take your details and arrange how best to help you. This may be a visit by the doctor to your home, or you may be invited to attend the Herts Urgent Care which is now based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, (next to A&E) or given advice over the telephone.

The nearest walk in centre is based in St Neots.

A pharmacist may be able to help with minor ailments including the morning after pill or advice if you have run out of regular medication.

Please do not ask to see a doctor out of hours unless you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery re-opens.

Call 999 in an emergency. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

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