Huntingdon Road Surgery is rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Huntingdon Road Surgery in, Cambridge, to be Outstanding following an inspection in April.
Inspectors found the practice was providing a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led service that meets the needs of the population it serves.
A full report of the inspection has now been published and is available on CQC’s website: https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-572243015
Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all England’s GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.
The report on Huntingdon Road Surgery highlights a number of areas of outstanding practice, including:
The practice had a committed and very active safeguarding lead who worked hard to ensure patients were protected. For example, in January 2016 and in addition to regular meetings with the health visitor, she had checked and updated the practice’s paediatric and domestic violence folder, had created a document in relation to Gillick and Fraser guidelines and completed all pending items on the practice’s safeguarding audit.
The practice’s child safeguarding learning reports had been used as a model example by other local safeguarding agencies.
Janet Williamson, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice and Dentistry in CQC’s Central region said:
“It is clear Huntingdon Road Surgery is providing an effective, responsive and well led service which is a real asset to the people living in this part of Cambridgeshire.
“The practice had a clear vision which had quality and safety as its top priority. The strategy to deliver this vision had been produced with stakeholders and was regularly reviewed and discussed with staff.
“High standards were promoted and owned by practice staff with evidence of good team working across all roles. There was a strong focus on continuous learning and improvement at all levels.
“All of this hard work pays off in making a real difference to patients – which is why we have found this practice to be Outstanding.”
Are YOU having the medical screening you are entitled to?
Screening is an important way of finding out if you are at higher risk of a health problem, so that you can be offered treatment earlier. For certain conditions this can be really helpful.
The National Screening Programme offers NHS Screening for those conditions where it has been medically proven to be of important benefit to you.
Cervical Cancer Screening is offered to women every 3 years between the ages of 25 and 49 years, and every 5 years between the ages of 50 and 64 years. If you are not up to date with Cervical Cancer Screening please do contact the Surgery and make an appointment with the Practice Nurse to have it carried out. If you have had a Cervical Cancer Screen abroad within the last 5 years you would still be eligible for an NHS Screen
Bowel Cancer Screening is offered to all men and women every 2 years between the ages of 60 and 74 years. It involves collecting a small sample of poo, which you wipe onto a special card and send back to the screening laboratory in a hygienically sealed envelope. If you have not been sent a home testing kit call the national helpline: 0800 7076060.
Breast Cancer Screening is offered every 3 years to women between the ages of 50 and 70 years although this is being extended to women between the ages of 47 and 73 years. Women over the age of 70 years can self refer. Contact the Rosie Breast Screening service on: 01223 217627
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (a dangerous swelling of the big blood vessel in your tummy which can rupture) AAA Screening is offered to men in their 65th year. You can ask for a scan if you have not had one carried out if you are over 65 years old. Contact the AAA Screening programme at Addenbrookes on: 01223 256909
For more information about these screening
programmes ask at Reception or go to the NHS Choices website, Live Well, Screening at:
Don't miss out. medical Screening can save lives
Stem Cell Donation - Raising awareness of Blood Cancer
The surgery is raising awareness of blood cancer, and the importance of people willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow. Stem cell donation isn't scary and may save a life. Blood cancer is a disease that is diagnosed in someone every 20 minutes. Find out how you could help by looking at the following links HERE
Registered patients are now able to book routine appointments with their usual GP online. This service uses SystmOnline, the online repeat prescription request service. If you already order your repeat prescriptions on line you will automatically have access to the appointment booking section. If you would like to sign up for SystmOnline please contact reception to set up your account. It does make things easier for you
In order to reduce the risk of needlestick injury, we are no longer able to accept used sharps bins at reception. Please ask for a referral form at reception.
Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council both offer a FREE clinical waste collection service.
From 2014 a vaccine to prevent shingles is being offered to all people aged 70 years, and 78 years and 79 years since September 1st 2014. This is a single injection. Unlike the Flu Vaccine you only need to have the vaccination once. The brand name of the shingles vaccine is Zostavax.
The vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the inital rash has healed. And shingles can vaery rarely be fatal in older people.
Who can have the shingles vaccination?
Shingles vaccination will be offered routinely as part of the NHS vaccination programme for people during the year after they have turned 70.
At the same time it will also be offered to people aged 78 and 79 years old, as a catch up programme.
Please contact reception to arrange an appointment if you are eligable.
NHS Health Checks
We are committed to helping our patient’s improve their health and wellbeing. We are inviting eligible patients for an NHS Health Check with one our nursing team The checks are to help identify people at highest risk of cardiovascular disease like heart attack or stroke, and to help them reduce their risk. The check includes some simple tests and questions about your lifestyle, including a blood cholesterol check. You will also have the opportunity to discuss concerns or issues you may have about your risk factors and for you to find out about the many new services available to support you in your “Change for Life”. So please book an NHS Health Check if you have received an invitation letter/text or email.
Minor Injury Service
The surgery provides treatment for minor injuries. This helps to avoid the need for you to travel to hospital and reduces pressure on the A&E department.
The following list gives examples of the types of minor injuries we are able to assess and treat. In some cases we may refer you to hospital for further treatment.
- Foreign Bodies
- Minor Head Injury
- Eye Injury
- Burns and Scalds
- Minor Trauma to Body including hands/limbs/feet
- Whiplash/RTA injuries
Central Reception for all telephone calls to both Huntingdon Road and Girton Surgeries
To help improve confidentiality for incoming telephone calls, all calls to Girton and Huntingdon Road surgeries are being handled by our Central Reception team at Huntingdon Road, in a private room behind the reception desk.
Both the Girton number 01223 277449 and the Huntingdon Road number 01223 364127 will be answered here.
To facilitate this the reception desk at Girton now closes at 11.45am; the Dispensary hours remain the same, open until 1.00pm.
To help reduce the pressure on the telephone lines in the mornings, would would ask you to call in the afternoons if you are enquiring about resulkts of blood tests