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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.

Photo of the front of the Spinney Surgery

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.

Local Trusts

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.

  • Pathology results.

  • Summaries.

  • Smear and immunisation data.

  • Health promotion data.

  • Registration, items of service and links.

  • Generating reports essential for audit of all types.

  • Appointments system.

  • Referral letters and communications with other organisations.

  • Choose and Book.

  • Document management system

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