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Report from Granta Medical Practices and Shelford Medical Practice Proposed Merger Public Consultation 1st February 2018 

Firstly, thank you to all of you that came along to the Public Consultation on 1st February. There was an amazing turnout - approximately 145 people! 

Dr Chris Schramm opened the meeting by giving a presentation about the future of healthcare and the merger proposition. This was followed by question time. 

The main issues addressed were:-

Retaining the surgery in Shelford - the proposed merger is to Retain, Maintain & Improve our presence and service we offer in Shelford. 

Continuity of care – there will be no staff changes at Shelford, but there will be more choices. If, for example, a Shelford slot offered did not fit with your schedule, you could then have extended choice of other Granta sites. 

Maintaining - the Granta management structure was also explained in the meeting. By having dedicated expert managers for each part of the business means that GP’s can be freed up to do what they do best – doctoring. 

Out of Hours was discussed but is a separate NHS service which will not be affected by the proposed merger. 

Merging reduces risk of privatisation – merging giving us more strength, making takeover by a corporate giant very unlikely. 

Dr James Morrow from Granta went into further detail about how GP surgeries are funded. A GP practice is paid £136 per patient per year. This is a standard amount - whether the patient sees a GP once or 20 times in a year. (Interestingly, it costs more to insure a pet gerbil for one year!) 

Improvements - part of the Granta future plan is about moving hospital services out into the community, giving easier and quicker access for patients. Ear microsuction is already being offered and services currently in development include a paediatric clinic, ENT, Ophthalmology and MSK (orthopaedics and physiotherapy). 

Feedback following the meeting was very positive indeed, with many members of the public coming to speak to representatives to offer their support for the proposed merger. 

If you should have any further queries about the proposed merger please do not hesitate to contact Gerard Newnham, Business Practice Manager of Granta on 01223 727555, Gerard.newnham@nhs.net or Sandra East, Admin & Comms Manager of Shelford on 01223 843661, sandra.east@nhs.net

Surgery Remedial Work 

Over the next few weeks we are having the car park resurfaced, the footpaths repaired and the flat roof replaced. There will be reduced parking spaces whilst this work is going ahead and we would ask that if you able-bodied you consider parking in one of the village car parks so that our less mobile patients can park near to the surgery. Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Shelford Medical Practice Newsletter, February 2018



Winter Pressures on the NHS


As you will be aware, the NHS is currently experiencing a surge in demand for all health services, which in turn is putting pressures on acute and emergency services as well as GP surgeries.


With the NHS under such huge winter pressures we would like to remind our patients about appropriately accessing emergency services.


Infection control – Emergency Departments in our region have seen an increase in patients going in with flu and diarrhoea/vomiting conditions. There has also been norovirus outbreaks, leading to ward closures. Emergency departments have asked that the general public stay away from hospitals with non-acute infectious illnesses and instead seek advice from 111, local pharmacies or self-care.

Getting yourself to hospital – The ambulance service has been tweeting to ask the public to choose wisely when calling an ambulance or visiting a hospital and to do so only in a genuine emergency.  They are finding that some patients are calling for an ambulance for non-emergencies as they have trouble travelling to see their GP.

The NHS is encouraging patients without transport to approach family, friends and neighbours and ask to be taken to hospitals and practices in non-emergency situations, before relying on ambulance transfers. If it is an option, it will be much quicker for the patient than using an ambulance.

NHS 111 promotion begins this week

NHS England has launched a new TV advertising campaign to help promote the NHS 111 service. We hope this will help you choose the right services for your conditions.

If you need any help or assistance with choosing the right service please call the surgery and we will be happy to help you.


Proposed Shelford Medical Practice and Granta Medical Practices Merger


Further to the announcement by Granta Medical Practices and Shelford Medical Practice, there will be a public consultation meeting on Thursday 1st February from 2pm to 3pm, in Great Shelford Memorial Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


Sandra East

Admin & Comms Manager

Shelford Medical Practice proposed changes

Shelford Medical Practice could merge with the larger Granta Group in 2018. 

A consultation meeting to kick off the proposals will take place at 2pm on February 1 at Great Shelford Memorial Hall.

The move would ensure the future sustainability of the Medical Practice in Great Shelford.

The merger could happen for several reasons:

1) Specialist outpatients services for Shelford and Stapleford would be provided as part of any new arrangement

2) An emergency home care service across the area would be provided by the merged group

3) Any merger would guarantee the future of the Shelford Medical Practice

4) Management services would be shared between the different members of the group.

The Granta Group currently has 3 practices operating from four different sites, including Sawston.

A consultation about any changes is expected to happen in early 2018. Read a full statement from the Shelford Medical Practice.

* The Shelford Medical Practice, which has 9,000 patients, is also considering options around a new medical practice building for the Shelfords and Stapleford.

Shelford Health Centre Update

December 2017 

Christmas Opening Times & Alternative Services 

We will be open providing care as usual over the holiday period, only shutting for the bank holidays. 

Wednesday 20 December – Open 8am to 6pm (including INR clinic 10am to 12:30pm) 

Thursday 21 December – Open 8am to 6pm 

Friday 22 December – Open 8am to 6pm 

Monday 25 December – CLOSED 

Tuesday 26 December – CLOSED 

Wednesday 27 December – Open 8am to 6pm (including INR clinic 10am to 12:30pm) 

Thursday 28 December – Open 8am to 6pm 

Friday 29 December – Open 8am to 6pm 

Monday 1st January – CLOSED 

Tuesday 2nd January – Open 8am to 6pm 

When the surgery is closed, there are local GPs on call at the local urgent care centre at Addenbrookes. If you need to be seen by a doctor or nurse, or need advice while the surgery is closed, please call 111. This service operates between 6:30pm and 8am on weekdays and 24 hours at weekends and on bank holidays. It is free to call from mobile phones and landlines. Your condition will be assessed over the phone and if they think you need to be seen by a health professional, they will refer you to the out-of-hours GP service. 

Additionally, you can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home. Make sure you are stocked up with winter health essentials such as pain relief (paracetamol), cold and cough remedies, a first aid kit, upset stomach treatment, rehydration treatment, and heartburn / indigestion treatment. 

Repeat Prescriptions 

Please ensure you have enough medication to cover the holiday period: ordering what you need in good time is the most stress-free approach for all, allowing 3 working days for the Practice to process your request and 2 working days for your nominated pharmacy to dispense it. We are happy to issue 2 month’s supply to cover Christmas and the New Year. Please mark your request “double” if you would like this. 

All that is left to say is that all of us at Shelford Medical Practice wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Sandra East 

Admin & Comms Manager 

November 2017 update


Additional Flu Clinic

We are holding a second flu clinic on the evening of Thursday 2 November, 5pm to 8pm. Please ring and book a slot if you have not yet had your flu vaccination.

Research Studies

We have been very busy this year with research studies, the biggest ones being Best3 and iQuit.

Best3 is a very exciting trial involving the swallowing of a capsule / sponge to obtain cells from the inside of your throat (oesophagus) which may suggest a future risk of cancer and deal with them appropriately.  We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our patients that have taken part in this invaluable study so far. 

iQuit is ongoing.  All participating quitters receive standard support and half of those who sign up get a tailored smoking advice report and text messages.  This evaluates the extra benefit of the iQuit package of support. 

To be eligible for the study you need to be 18 or over and:

ü  want to quit

ü  be willing to set a quite date within 2 weeks of joining the study

ü  own a mobile phone

ü  not be currently part of any other smoking study


Please ring the surgery or call in to reception for further information.


Daylight Robbery


One of the GP’s bicycles was stolen from outside the surgery last week. Any information on this would be very much appreciated ……!

As always, we welcome any patient feedback so please feel free to contact us with comments, queries or questions – our aim is to provide the best possible service we can to all of our patients. 

Sandra East

Admin & Comms Manager