Newsletter - February 2020

Published: 06 January 2020

Christmas Tree
Many Thanks to Andrew and Mary Coe for donating the surgery another beautiful Christmas Tree.

Lucky Squares total 
Thanks again to all those who purchased our Lucky Squares and Congratulations to those who won prizes. We managed to raise and donate £280 to Magpas this year.

Minor Illness – when to get help from your GP
Children can get between eight to 10 colds a year, and a cough can last at least three weeks before it starts to improve.  Most minor childhood illnesses don't need a GP appointment and can be treated with basic medications that you can buy at your local pharmacy.  Have a look at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG’s guide to childhood illnesses on their website or pick up a copy from the Surgery.

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.

Be sure to stock up on the following winter self care essentials to not only help save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
  • pain relief (paracetamol)
  • cough and sore throat remedies
  • first aid kit
  • upset stomach treatment
  • rehydration treatment
  • heartburn and indigestion treatment
Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed.

Do your part to keep antibiotics working
Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk, as this encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant.

We can all do our part to keep antibiotics working. By washing your hands regularly and properly, you can reduce your risk of contracting bacterial infections. You can also help the NHS prescribe fewer antibiotics by taking appropriate self-care steps.  This includes speaking to your pharmacist for advice about your symptoms.  It’s also crucial that you take the full course of antibiotics if you do get them prescribed – even if you start to feel better before your course is complete.

You can find out more about how you can do your part to stop antibiotic resistance in its tracks by visiting

Welcome back Dr Brown!
Dr Brown has now returned from maternity leave, and we are delighted to have her back in surgery again.
Cambridgeshire Hearing Clinics 
The next Hearing Aid Clinics at Willingham Surgery on Weds 19th February, Weds 18th March, Weds 15th April from 2:00pm-4:00pm. No appointment necessary, just pop along for your free NHS hearing aid batteries and for help and advice regarding hearing loss.
Carers Support Meetings 
Meetings held on the first Wednesday of every month. If you are a carer, please pop along and get some support from other people in the local community. Refreshments provided no need to pre-book and completely FREE! Please contact Sue Lawson at the surgery or email her at for more information.
A&E is not an alternative to a GP appointment. If we are closed, please call 111.