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Travel Services

Please be advised that with effect from 16th January, we will no longer be taking new travel clinic requests. The service has been suspended until further notice. Please contact your Pharmacy for advice.

Stay well this Winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

Surgery closures for Protected Learning Time…

Employee training is essential for any organisation’s success; a GP surgery is no different. Our vision is to be a compassionate and committed provider of clinical excellence where our staff are motivated to achieve their potential to deliver diverse, local, patient centred services.

We can only achieve this by ensuring there is dedicated time for the training of both staff and GP’s. The surgery therefore takes part in the Countywide initiative to close for an afternoon to allow for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) learning activities.

The Surgery will therefore be closed for Training from 12.30pm on the following dates in 2018:

  • Wednesday February 21st
  • Wednesday March 14th
  • Wednesday April 18th
  • Wednesday May 16th
  • Wednesday June 13th
  • Wednesday July 11th
  • Wednesday September 12th
  • Wednesday October 10th
  • Wednesday November 14th
  • Wednesday December 5th

If you require medical attention when the surgery is closed, please telephone NHS 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser, who will ask you questions to assess your symptoms, then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you straight away to the local service that can help you best.

For more information about NHS 111, please visit the NHS Website – 111 Information Page.

Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research

‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’ MOOC opens for registration after 18,000 learner success.

The Clinical Research Network is launching the fourth Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) after thousands have signed up to learn about research since the MOOC first began in November 2015. The ‘Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research’ MOOC is open for registration and will start on 22 May.


Our practice is working with a specialist team based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, who are trying to find out why some people gain weight easily and others stay thin or are unable to gain weight even if they want to. One of the ways they can do this is by looking at the genes that influence a person’s weight.

The study team are looking for participants who:

  • are aged between 18-65yrs
  • have a BMI (Body Mass Index) <18kg/m2
  • have NO history of eating disorders, renal, liver or gastrointestinal disease
  • are otherwise well and do not have anorexia nervosa or exercise intensely

If you are eligible, you will receive a letter inviting you to take part, but there are lots of patients whose height and weight was recorded years ago. If you think you might be eligible or know someone who might, please call into the practice to have your weight and height updated.

Dr Catherine Blackman

Please note that Dr Catherine Blackman left the Practice on the 10th November and her patients will be allocated to one of the other GPs within the Practice.  Dr Blackman’s patients can of course see any of the GPs within Danetre Medical Practice regardless of which GP they are allocated.