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Granta Medical Practice March update

Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) survey will go live 1st March 2023, and will remain open until 31st March 2023.  Please find below the web link to take part. For those of you that do not have access to a computer or mobile telephone, please call into any Granta surgery and pick up a paper copy.


We would like to thank all of you in advance for taking the time to complete this questionnaire, and thank you to our PPG committee who have worked tirelessly putting this survey together. Whilst we cannot guarantee to fix the NHS, we do really want to try and accommodate patient feedback where appropriate and possible.


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Sandra East on

Posted Feb 27 2023

Stapleford health news


Granta Medical Practices Update January 2023


Happy New Year!


For some of us its New Years’ Resolutions time, and we’re here to help you achieve your goals.


“In 2023 I would like to ..... stop smoking”


We can offer you smoking cessation and our trained nurses will be happy to help you. Please ring us on 0300 234 5555 for further information and to arrange an appointment.


“In 2023 I would like to ….. lose weight”


If you are over 16 and your BMI is greater than 25 you can access a free adult weight management service via our Social Navigation team. Please ring 01223 627745 or email  When contacting the team please give your current weight and height.


“In 2023 I would like to ….. stay healthy”


If you are aged between 40 and 74 and do not have a pre-existing long term medical condition, you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check. Please ring us on 0300 234 5555 for further information and to book an appointment.


Also, are you up to date with the vaccinations you are eligible for, e.g. flu, shingles, pneumonia? If you are unsure please do not hesitate to contact us and we can check for you.


“In 2023 I would like to ….. go on holiday”


Are you planning a holiday of a life time in 2023? The Granta Travel Clinic team can give you advice on what vaccines and medications you may need for your trip away.  Simply fill out a travel form via our website or call in to pick up a leaflet.


From all of us here at Granta, we wish you a healthy and safe 2023.


Sandra East, Head of Patient Services


Posted Dec  2022

Stapleford health news

Granta Medical Practices Update, December 2022

Please find below details of when our surgeries will be open over the Christmas and New Year break.


Make sure that you order your repeat prescriptions in plenty of time to ensure that you do not run out of your medication over the holidays. The table below shows you when you will be able to collect your prescriptions, depending on the date you place your order.

Fri 23.12.2022

Open as usual

Sat 24.12.2022 (Christmas Eve)

Open for pre-booked appointments only

Sun 25.12.2022 (Christmas Day)



Monday 26.12.2022 (Boxing Day)


Tues 27.12.2022 (Bank Holiday)


Wed 28.12.2022

Open as usual

Thurs 29.12.2022

Open as usual

Fri 30.12.2022

Open as usual

Sat 31.12.2022 (New Years’ Eve)

Open for pre-booked appointments only

Sun 01.01.2023 (New Years’ Day)


Mon 02.01.2023 (Bank Holiday)


Tues 03.01.2023

Open as usual


Don’t forget, we now have the Prescription Collection Points at Sawston, Linton and Shelford. Sign up today to pick up your medication at your convenience, over the Christmas holidays.


Be prepared for common health problems by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. You can treat many minor illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs by having a supply of health care essentials such as pain relief (paracetamol), cough and sore throat remedies, a first aid kit, upset stomach treatment, rehydration treatment and heartburn / indigestion treatment. Having these essentials at home will not only save you time and help you feel better quicker, but will also help save the NHS much needed resources.


Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends.


Whilst we are closed, if you need urgent medical assistance please use the NHS 111 service.  If you have an emergency that poses an immediate threat to life, please ring 999.


For further information on available healthcare services, please go to or our website


We wish you all a healthy and peaceful holiday season.


Sandra East, Head of Patient Services. Email:

Posted Nov 23 2022

Granta Medical Practices Update, October 2022


24/7 Prescription Collection Points


Here at Granta, we recognise that modern life is pretty busy, which often makes remembering to order and collecting your medication challenging.


With our 24/7 prescription collection points, you can pick up your repeat prescriptions on a day and at a time that suits you – even when our dispensaries are closed. You can collect day or night, weekends and bank holidays.


Where can I find the collection points?


We have 24/7 collection points at Granta Sawston and Granta Linton, and have just installed a new one at Granta Shelford.


How do they work?


  • Order your prescriptions from your surgery in the usual way.

  • When your medicines are ready to collect you will receive a text on your mobile phone with a unique collection pin.

  • Simply type the pin number into the machine and pay any charges via card (if you pay for prescriptions) and the machine will dispense your medication.


Are there items that cannot be collected from a 24/7 collection point?


There are some items the collection points cannot be used for, for clinical or regulatory reasons. These include:-


  • Controlled drugs like morphine and oxycodone

  • Drugs that need to be stored in a fridge

  • Very large bulky items


More ways to manage your repeat prescriptions


The 24/7 collection points add to the range of ways you can now access your medications – direct at the dispensary counter, in the comfort of your own home with our free home delivery service, and now at a date/time of your choice.


Try them out for yourself


For further information and to register, pick up one of our collection point forms or contact us via, stating which collection point you would like your medicines dispensed from. Our friendly team are here to help. Please note that you do need to have a smartphone to use this service.


Flu Clinics 2022 - Reminder


Have you booked your flu jab appointment yet? If not, but you are eligible, ring 0300 234 5555 now to book your appointment. The flu clinic dates are as follows:


  • Saturday 24th September – Sawston Medical Practice, CB22 3HU

  • Saturday 1st October – Linton Health Centre, CB21 4JS

  • Sunday 2nd October – Market Hill Surgery, SG8 9JN

  • Saturday 8th October – Shelford Health Centre, CB22 5FY

  • Sunday 16th October – Linton Health Centre, CB21 4JS

  • Sunday 16th October – Barley Surgery, SG8 8HY

  • Friday 21st October – Sawston Medical Practice, CB22 3HU

  • Saturday 22nd October – Shelford Health Centre, CB22 5FY



Sandra East

T. 0300 234 5555

Posted Sept 27 2022

Cam Sight update


Cam Sight runs monthly rural groups across Cambridgeshire for adults living with a visual impairment, their carers, and their family members. The group provides the opportunity to:

  • Meet others within the local community with similar experiences and share tips and advice with one another

  • Socialise regularly and form friendships

  • Enjoy a range of guest speakers, activities and entertainment

  • Learn about and explore a range of equipment and aids available from our mobile unit

Refreshments are provided!


Stapleford Rural Group, Stapleford Community Centre, Cox’s Close, Stapleford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 5SP


Every first Thursday of the Month 14:00 - 16:00

  • 6th January

  • 3rd February

  • 3rd March

Fee: We ask for a voluntary £1 per person each group they attend


Members are encouraged to arrange their own way to the group, however we are happy to help with this and arrange transport if needed.

Please contact Alex for more information

01223 420033

Granta Medical Practices Update November 2021


Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine


The coronavirus boosters are being given by NHS vaccination centres in our area, and you will be contacted direct when it is your turn to book. The booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine and also helps gives you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.


Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?


Booster vaccine doses are available to those most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a second dose of vaccine at least 6 months ago. This includes:


  • People aged 50 and over

  • People who live and work in care homes

  • Frontline health and social care workers

  • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

  • Carers aged 16 and over

  • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)


If you are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups listed above you can also get a booster dose.


If you are a frontline health or social care worker you can book a booster dose appointment online – you do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.


For further information on coronavirus booster vaccinations please ring NHS 119 or go to



Sandra East

Head of Patient Services


Granta Update September 2022


Flu Clinics 2022


Now that we are all socialising again and there are questions about lower levels of immunity since lockdown, it is really important to get your flu vaccine.  We now have the dates of our clinics, which are as follows:-


  • Saturday 24th September – Sawston Medical Practice, CB22 3HU

  • Saturday 1st October – Linton Health Centre, CB21 4JS

  • Sunday 2nd October – Market Hill Surgery, SG8 9JN

  • Saturday 8th October – Shelford Health Centre, CB22 5FY

  • Sunday 16th October – Linton Health Centre, CB21 4JS

  • Sunday 16th October – Barley Surgery, SG8 8HY

  • Friday 21st October – Sawston Medical Practice, CB22 3HU

  • Saturday 22nd October – Shelford Health Centre, CB22 5FY


All clinics will run from 8:30am to 4pm.


We will be vaccinating:-


  • all children aged 2 to 3 years on 31 August 2022

  • people aged 65 years and over (including those becoming 65 by 31 March 2023

  • those patients aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group such as asthma, COPD, chronic heart problems, and diabetes. If you are unsure if you fit into an “at risk” group don’t hesitate to ask

  • pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the influenza season)

  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, especially those for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable

  • those in long stay residential care homes

  • those who are carers

  • those with a learning disability.


The Government is also extending the cohort to include those patients 50 years old and over with no underlying health conditions. However, these patients will be vaccinated later in the programme, most likely November time.


The vaccines we are using this year are:


For the 2 to 3 year olds – Fluenz nasal spray. This should arrive in time for us to vaccinate in our planned clinics.


For 18 to 64 year olds – Flucelvax and Supemtek. These are both egg-free and provide a better immune response than the traditional egg-based vaccines used in previous years.


For 65 years old and over – Fluad (adjuvanted quadrivalent). This vaccine contains an immunity boost.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.


Sandra East

T. 0300 234 5555

Posted August 26 2022

Stop press vaccine update

Here at Granta, we are dedicated to delivering a full flu vaccination programme this autumn. As a result, we have had to make the very difficult decision to not co-administer Covid vaccinations. A number of factors have influenced our decision, including:

• Our wish to deliver the best possible flu vaccination programme to all of our eligible patients.

• Co-administration would mean less flu vaccinations done due to different ways of storage, administration, and different computer system requirements.

• Previously, in order to deliver Covid vaccines we had to postpone many normal day-to-day services. We do not wish to do this again.

• Covid-19 vaccinations will be widely available to everyone in the area.

We can confirm that we will be delivering Covid vaccines to our care home residents, and that CCS or CPFT will be vaccinating our housebound patients.

NHS England will be sending out communications during September and you will be able to either go into a vaccine walk-in centre or book an appointment via the National Booking Service.


Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

Posted Aug 31 2022

Granta Medical Practice update September 2021


Flu Clinics


Are you eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine? If yes, but haven’t yet booked one don’t delay - ring 0300 234 5555 to arrange your appointment.


We are holding clinics on the following dates:


Saturday 11th September – Granta Sawston, Granta Linton, Granta Shelford


Sunday 12th September – Granta Market Hill


Saturday 9th October – Granta Sawston, Granta Linton, Granta Barley


Saturday 23rd October – Granta Shelford


As a Granta patient, you have a choice of which venue you attend, on a day most convenient for you.


If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0300 234 5555 or email me on


Charity Event


Granta Medical Practices are proud to support EastFest21, a charity music festival being held on Saturday 18th September, raising awareness of mental health and suicide. Set in the grounds of The Coach House Hotel at Flint Cross (CB22 7PN), there will be live music, a beer festival, food and side stalls, with B&B rooms and camping available. All proceeds are going to the Zero Suicide Alliance, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of suicide by offering free online training for everyone and bringing NHS trusts and organisations together with the joint aim of reducing suicide nationwide.


For further information about EastFest21 and to order tickets go to


For further information about the Zero Suicide Alliance and to access free online training go to


Remember that whatever you are going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call free on 116 123.

Posted Aug 22 21

Granta Medical Practice update August 2021

Here at Granta, we are always looking at new ways to connect with our patients and help assist them with their health care journey.


One of the options we are currently considering is a mobile telephone app called Airmid; a patient-facing app designed for patients and GP surgeries alike. From viewing upcoming appointments to video consultations, viewing your medical records and ordering your medication, you can manage all your health care needs in one place. There is also the option of incorporating and tracking your own personal health goals with Apple Health and Google Fit.

Airmid is a simple, secure app which you can log into using your NHS app login or your SystmOnline account. An NHS app login can also be created directly via Airmid.

Over the next few weeks we are planning to trial this mobile app with a number of pre-selected patients to test its suitability.  If you have the NHS app, why not download Airmid and take a look? We would welcome any feedback you may have.

Sandra East, Head of Patient Services, email:


2021 Flu Clinics


In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, having your flu vaccination is more important than ever. It is important because if you are at risk from coronavirus, you are also more at risk of problems from flu.  Additionally, if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you are more likely to be seriously ill.

This year the flu vaccine will be given to people who:

·        Are 50 and over

·        Have certain health conditions

·        Are pregnant

·        Are in long-stay residential care

·        Receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick

·        Live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus

·        Frontline health or social care workers.

From 1st July 2021 you will be able to book your flu jab and, as a Granta patient, you have the flexibility of choosing when and where you would like to go for your vaccination.  Clinic dates are as follows:-

Saturday 11th September      Sawston Medical Centre

                                        Shelford Health Centre

                                        Linton Health Centre


Sunday 12th September        Market Hill Surgery, Royston


Saturday 9th October            Sawston Medical Centre

                                        Linton Health Centre


Sunday 10th October            Market Hill Surgery, Royston


Saturday 23rd October          Shelford Health Centre


When you ring to book your appointment, please state your preferred date, preferred venue and give your age so that you can be booked in for the most appropriate vaccine.


Please note, we do not currently have dates for the child flu clinics as we are waiting on delivery information.


Did you know … having your flu jab at your doctors’ surgery is the quickest and most convenient way as there are no forms to fill out – the doctors and nurses have your medical history at their finger-tips.


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.


Sandra East, Head of Patient Services

Granta Medical Practices

Tel: 0300 234 5555,

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