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COVID-19 Vaccination programme – update 24.09.2021

Our practice vaccinated thousands of patients in the earlier stages of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and we are so grateful to our wonderful practice team as well as brilliant local volunteers whose dedication and commitment enabled us to help protect our community from COVID-19.

The vaccination programme is now entering its next phase, with booster vaccinations being offered to those most at risk of COVID-19. We are not offering these booster vaccinations at our practice, so if you are eligible, and it has been at least six months since your second dose, then please visit or call 119 to book. Please note booster vaccines cannot be accessed on a walk-in basis.

If you have yet to get your first dose or you are due your second dose, you can choose to book your appointments via or by calling 119, or you can find a local walk-in venue near you via

Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including frequently asked questions and patient information leaflets here




July and August 2021 and we have two departures from our team. 

We are very sad to say goodbye to two very special and valued staff members. Bea has been part of our team for 22 years and Gill 14 years, and both will be hugely missed by both staff and patients. 

We wish them many peaceful hours tending to their much loved gardens and a long and happy retirement. 

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research.

Should you wish to "opt out" please follow the link above to the appropriate website. 

This data extraction has now been delayed until 1st September 2021


COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update

To allay concerns about the headlines regarding blood clots and the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine, I should like to give you some facts. There is NO evidence that the vaccine causes blood clots. Decisions to "pause" vaccination programmes in some countries are purely political, and not evidence based.

We have , so far, given over 20 million doses of AZ vaccine over the last 3 months.There have only been 30 reported cases of "thrombotic events" or blood clots, and one of these sadly was fatal.
However, blood clots are common- In the UK 1 in 1000 people get a blood clot every year , so in 3 months you would expect 1 in 4000 people to get a clot.It is likely that, by chance, some of these clots might just happen to be a day or 2 after vaccination. Amongst vaccinated people, the above stats show 1 in 60,000 people only have had a clot which is related in time to the vaccine. So fewer people have had a clot than you would expect just by chance! The statistics might make you believe that you should actually get vaccinated to prevent clots! (which of course, is nonsense, just as it is also nonsense to say that the vaccine causes clots, on current evidence).

Extended Access

We are now able to offer weekend and weekday evening appointments at our federation hub practice at Buckden

This new service is provided by our Federation and funded by Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical commissioning group. Pre bookable appointments are available for non urgent consultations.

Please call us for more information or to book an appointment

Where to get medical help at the weekend

NHS 111 

Open 24/7, 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects patients to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics, and GPs.
They will ask questions to assess the symptoms, and give healthcare advice or direct the caller to a local NHS service. If necessary, they can also call an ambulance or direct people straight to A&E. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.


Pharmacies will be open across the bank holiday weekends with many open on the bank holiday Mondays too. 

Mental health – 111 option 2 

The First Response Service (FRS) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough provides those in mental health crisis the opportunity to get access to help quickly, by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2.
The service allows patients or carers to speak to specially-trained mental health staff who can provide advice, support, and signposting to other services. The service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Minor Illness and Injury Units (MIU)

Minor Illness and Injury Units can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings.
Opening hours are as follows:

Peterborough MIIU
City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6DB
Tel: 01733 847090
Monday – Sunday: 8am-8pm
Open seven days a week, including weekends and bank holidays.

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