Latest News

Thank you for PPE!

We are so grateful and humbled to receive PPE from our wonderful patients and neighbours. We have been so fortunate and we can't thank you enough for your kindness, thoughtfulness and resourcefulness!


You can contact us about a medical or administrative issue by clicking here.

It can help you see the right person for treatment, and could save you a trip to the practice if we can answer questions by phone, video call, or email.

Answer a few short questions and we will get back to you as soon as we can, definitely within 2 working days. Do not use this for urgent requests


LMC Answers questions about the covid-19 vaccine

Headlines last week spoke of “Covid vaccine by Xmas from GPs”. What does this mean for me?

 Whilst we certainly would want to be involved in any vaccination campaign, we don’t have any information ourselves yet and contrary to media reports no ‘deals’ have yet been done, but we expect more information soon.

 Will you be getting paid to vaccinate us? 

 GPs hold a contract with the NHS to provide certain services. The money from that contract pays for the building, the heating and electricity, the nurses, receptionists and staff, clinical equipment and a variety of other expenses that go with providing services to patients.

 If the government wants GPs to do something new, (e.g. deliver a new vaccine) it will buy that service from the GP to pay for the extra staff, clinics and hours to cover expenses. It is very unlikely that GPs will make a profit out of the Covid vaccine. Based on current information they may make a loss, but recognise that it is the right thing to do for their patients and communities.

 But what we don’t know, if what we might have to consider stop doing, to free up time to provide this vaccination service, given that we are working at 150% compared with this time last year, according to our LMC’s survey.

 But isn’t it just like a flu jab?

 No, not by a long stretch.

 Flu jabs are delivered in their own little syringes, and kept refrigerated. They can safely last in a vaccine fridge for several months. We can keep them and use them, either in dedicated flu clinics or opportunistically if we see you for something else. We can run the clinics a bit like a conveyor belt, as I’m sure many of you will have experienced. We can get a large number of people vaccinated in a very short period of time.  People then leave the practice immediately. Once a year, job done. 

 So what’s different about a new Covid vaccine compared with the flu jab?

 These new vaccines are not yet ready, and we don’t know when they will be. They are completely different. They need to be stored frozen in special dry ice, colder than a home freezer (about -70°C). Surgeries don’t have those freezers. So they will be delivered whilst they are defrosting for use. However they can inky be stored in a vaccine fridge for a few days before expiring.  They don’t come in their own little syringes. We will have to carefully draw them up from a main vial, dilute and mix them for each individual which will probably take from start to finish about 20 minutes, needing two members of staff (one to draw up, one to check - this is established safe practise with these preparations to minimise error). Once the patient has received their Covid-jab they must wait for 15 minutes to ensure no serious reaction -these vaccines are brand new, and whilst there is a huge regulatory framework to ensure their safety, we will have to take extra care.  This in itself will be difficult as we have to maintain social distancing and we don’t know how quickly these clinics will take place. It will be nowhere near as quick as a flu clinic.

 Will this be at my local GP surgery?

 To begin with, NHS England thinks that areas will have one central Covid-jab centre. This might be in a local practice. It might be yours, it might not. You may have to travel. How the chosen centre will continue to look after its patients ongoing and urgent health needs, we don’t yet know. No details of those plans have been shared yet.

 Is it just one jab?

 No. You will need two. They will be 3-4 weeks apart but you must not have had any other vaccinations in the previous week. 

 How many patients will get it the vaccine when it’s ready?

 Government says it wants 40 million people vaccinated (that’s 80 million appointments). Putting that into context, every year there are 40 million A&E attendances and 360 million GP appointments. This is going to take a long time. There are no spare GPs or practice nurses. We don’t yet know how we are going to plan for this on top of what we are doing now - managing hundreds of acute and chronic patients every day: on the phone, over video and being brought into the surgery by invitation.

 Will it be available by Christmas?

 No one knows. But if it is, there will be a very small number of doses and we think the Government might suggest protecting Care Home residents first. 

 Whatever you read in the paper or online, don’t forget - this is going to be very difficult. We need to make sure there is a safe system and a safe vaccine first.

 Even when it comes, it won’t prevent Covid, it will only make its effects milder. So please bear with us - we are in the dark too. 

 And there is still every reason to think ‘Hands, Space, Safe’ for a long time to come.

 Keep safe.


Excellent results for Lensfield in 2019 NHS England GP Patient Survey

Thank you all for taking part and supporting Lensfield Medical Practice. Please continue to feedback your experience of the services we deliver for you.

To view the results please click on the link below or cut and paste in to your browser:

https://www.gp-patient.co.uk/practices-search


Extended Access

We are now offering evening and weekend appointments with a GP or nurse as part of our Extended Hours Service. Appointments will be offered Sat 08:00 - 20:00 and Sun 08:00 - 14:00 in addition to weekday evenings 18:00 - 22:00.

The service is run by our local GP Network. CGPN is a collaboration of Cambridgeshire practices formed to enable us to offer our patients greater choice and extended practice hours. This service operates from:

Nuffield Road Medical Centre, 10 Pippin Dr, Cambridge CB4 1GL

If you would like to find out more please go to www.openlater.co.uk

To book an appointment please call the practice and ask Reception

Winter 2018 communications toolkit | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group


Self Help - Don’t swallow up your NHS - use it wisely this winter

Winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs can easily be treated at home with medicines available at low cost from your local pharmacy - no GP appointment or prescription required.

Winter self-care essentials include:

  • pain relief (paracetamol)
  • cough and sore throat remedies
  • first aid kit
  • upset stomach treatment
  • rehydration treatment
  • heartburn and indigestion treatment

Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources. 

Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed.  Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you. 

Winter 2018 communications toolkit | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

Use antibiotics on your doctor's advice

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

Despite the risks of antibiotic resistance, research shows that 38% of people still expect an antibiotic from a doctor’s surgery, NHS walk-in centre or ‘GP out of hours’ service when they visited with a cough, flu or a throat, ear, sinus or chest infection in 2017. 

Winter 2018 communications toolkit | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

Now’s the time to get your free flu jab! 

Local residents in at risk groups are being reminded to get their free flu jab.  Adults over 65; those with long term health conditions; children aged two to eight; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu.  Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and last for several weeks. It can lead to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children, and pneumonia or bronchitis for those with underlying health conditions, and in some cases it can be fatal.  

Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly through the population.  It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as the elderly, expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions.

Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is still the best protection against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths amongst vulnerable groups.

Vaccines are available between October 2017 and March 2019, so contact your GP or pharmacy now – it’s free because you need it. 

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

Minor Eye Conditions Service

This is a free NHS service available from specially trained Optometrists in the Cambridge area. This is available for patients over 16 years of age with the following conditions:

  • Red eyes, red lids
  • Dry, gritty, uncomfortable eyes
  • Irritated, inflamed eyes
  • Sticky discharge, watering eyes
  • Ingrown eyelashes
  • Foreign bodies in the eye
  • Some types of flashes/ floaters
  • Recent and sudden loss of vision.

Click here fore more information

NHS at 70 - Dr Clare Goodhart talks to the Department of International Development

Since 2013, Lensfield Partner Dr Clare Goodhart, has been regularly volunteering with an international family planning skills exchange . She helped to develop http://www.USHAPE.org​ which trains family planning advocates and providers in rural Uganda. This is a part of the world high fertility and maternal mortality rates, where there is a desperate shortage of accurate information and skills, and where family planning really can save lives and lift families out of poverty. The initiative aims for sustainability by training Ugandan trainers to teach their health worker colleagues and students. The work has attracted grants from the Department for International Development and is now managed by the Margaret Pyke Trust who hope to scale up the initiative in Uganda and beyond.

Fantastic New Mental Health Services Website -   

www.keep-your-head.com

Counselling / CBT Self-Referral

The Psychological Wellbeing Service (IAPT) offers psychological treatments across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. If you would like support, please discuss a referral with your GP or alternatively you may also refer yourself directly via the Internet (preferred option) at: www.cpft.nhs.uk

or Telephone: 0300 300 0055


NHS Physiotherapy Self-Referral

What is Physio Direct?
Physio Direct is a telephone self referral service which has been set up to provide early advice and management for adults with back/neck/joint problems or following injuries. You do not need a GP referral to access this service.


HELP US TO HELP YOU!

Ask our receptionists for a login so that you can use our website to the full.

  • Order repeat prescriptions on-line
  • You can order all your repeat medications without having to put pen to paper or find your last counterfoil!
  • Synchronise your medications. It is a good idea to help us to synchronise your medications by a one off adjustment of the number of tablets you order next time using the 'synchronise medication form'C
  • Book appointments on-line.
  • You can book (and cancel) appointments for any of the doctors for up to 8 weeks ahead. This should help you ensure that you see the doctor who knows you best
  • Consider using telephone appointments. These are available for every doctor each time they consult. It works best if the doctor knows you and you don't think you will need to be examined. There may be leeway as to the time the doctor phones you so please keep you mobile on until you have received the call. Keep us up to date with changes of address, mobile numbers and email.We are increasingly using these to remind you of appointments you have booked and when reviews or blood tests are needed

Health News from the BBC and the NHS

BBC Health
NHS Choices Behind the Headlines
Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website