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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. 


Mrs Sue Sherwin (f)

I joined the practice in October 1979. I work in the dispensary and enjoy this very much. We dispense for about 3400 patients so it's a very busy job! I know many of our patients and their families and enjoy getting to meet them when they call at my dispensary hatch. 

Mrs Sheila Mulligan (f)

I joined the team in 2014 and have spent time working alongside Sue in the dispensary. I undertook the Buttercups Dispensary Staff qualification in 2015. I enjoy meeting the patients and helping with any medication related issues where I can.

Mrs Vanessa Carter (f)

Vanessa joined our team as a locum dispenser in May 2016 and is now undertaking two regular sessions a week in our dispensary and prescriptions department. 

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