St Marys Surgery

111 Service

Information about 111 Service

If you need medical help fast, but it isn't a 999 emergency, you can now call NHS 111 by dialing 111.  NHS 111 will assess you, provide advice and direct you straight away to the local service that can help you best.  NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and calls are free, including from mobiles.  Visit for more information.

Access To Medical Records

Access to medical records

In general, patients are entitled to information about their health from any practitioner who is treating them. Should you require access to your records, please ask at reception for details of the procedure to be followed.

Accountable / Named GP for All Patients

Accountable / Named GP for All Patients

The practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP.
Individual patients will be informed of their named accountable GP at the first appropriate interaction with the practice.

If you wish to be told the name of your Accountable GP, please ask the receptionists when you are next in the surgery.

Please note: there is no need to telephone the practice for this information.

Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.

Having a named GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor. 



All consultations with doctors and practice nurses between Monday and Friday are by appointment only and are available from 8.30am - 6.00pm. Appointments can be made by telephoning Ely 663434 and selecting option 1 between 8.30am and 6.00pm, or by personal application at the appointments desk between 8.30am - 6.30pm. As many consultations are clinic-based, it would be helpful if patients could give an indication of their appointment needs to the receptionist.

Evening GP appointments beyond 6:30pm are available on a Monday and Wednesday. These sessions must be booked 48 hours before hand. Note: Other surgery services are not available during these extended hours.

We are making more appointments available for patients at this practice.  Additional appointments can be booked from the end of January until the end of March 2018.  This is because we know that there are times you would like to be able to see a clinician at short notice. We also know that over winter lots of people have seasonal illnesses which require more than a pharmacy but don't need emergency treatment.  Click here for more information.

If you are hard of hearing, please let the Receptionist know when you arrive for your appointment.  You may wish to use the NGT Relay service when contacting the surgery.  More details of the service can be found on their website by clicking here.

Appointments are categorised either routine or urgent:

Routine Appointments

These can be booked up to four weeks in advance and are usually for non-urgent problems.  Patients aged 16  and older are able to register to receive text message reminders the day before an appointment.  Please speak to Reception if you would like to register for this service.

Urgent Appointments

A number of appointments are set aside each day to accommodate patients with acute problems. These can only be booked from 8.30am on that day and will be with either the duty doctor or with one of the other doctors or nurses. Every Monday, and weeks containing a Bank Holiday, are notoriously busy. It would be extremely helpful if non-urgent requests were made for days other than these.

Due to increasing pressure on appointments, we have reviewed how we might more effectively manage the demand. As a result, we now triage by telephone all requests for home visits and urgent / same-day appointments. This became effective in March 2014. All requests for such appointments will be triaged by a GP or a Nurse.

Unfortunately, many appointments are lost every week when patients fail to turn up. It would considerably ease the difficulty if cancellations were phoned in to the appointments desk at the earliest opportunity so that the appointment can be used by someone else. At times, individual consultations over-run the allocated time, causing delays in subsequent appointments; patients are requested to be understanding of this problem.



Chaperones are available for both male and female patients in the event that you need to be examined. To request a chaperone, please either ask at the reception desk, or mention this to the GP or nurse at the time of your appointment.

Clinical Trials/Research

Clinical Trials / Research

Various clinical trials are undertaken at the practice, for which patient volunteers are sought from time to time. We would contact you in person or in writing and there are often posters displayed in the waiting room.

Research Changed My Life

The National institute of Health Research has launched a new campaign called Research Changed My Life. For more information please download the poster below.

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What is Research?

There are many different types of research from observational surveys to clinical trials involving new and novel medications. These are often comparing best-known standard therapies with newer therapies to see if they are more effective or cause fewer side effects. People use research to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases. Research is particularly important in Primary care as we can see the importance and effects of different treatments in a real setting, not the artificial setting of hospitals or in-patient research units. We are particularly interested in important conditions affecting patients in Primary Care (General Practice). The research areas are very varied depending on what is new, has great potential or areas where research is especially needed.

Research at St Marys Surgery

St Marys Surgery has an excellent track record in clinical studies. We have been invited to perform studies from many institutions large and small e.g Novartis, GSK, Astra-Zenica, Bayer.  At present we have several active studies ongoing in the practice involving us and many other institutions worldwide. We are affiliated to UKPCRN. The UK Research Network was established to support clinical research and to facilitate the conduct of trials and other well-designed studies across the UK. As part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, it works towards the development of a world class infrastructure to support clinical research in the UK.

Many of you may have been involved in non-commercial trials that we have participated in through our local Primary Care Research Network East Of England (PCRN - EoE)  For example the Heat Study, Propels Study, GLINT Study, Baby Milk Study etc.

We also collaberate with the GSK Clinical Unit in Cambridge who from time to time are looking for healthy volunteers and patients to participate in studies.  We would never pass on your details to them without asking for your consent.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA)

St Marys Surgery are taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treament in the NHS.  A poster is available here and more information is available here

Patient Information And Health And Care Research

Click here for details of how information is used in research.

Coronary Heart Disease/Hypertension Appointments

Coronary heart disease/hypertension appointments

These appointments are by referral from your GP.



Under strict NHS regulations, the surgery can only dispense medication for those patients living in the surrounding villages.

Patients living within the city of Ely may collect medication from either of the local chemists. Alternatively, Haddenham Pharmacy provide a delivery service. Patients may indicate their choice on the repeat form.

If you should run out of your prescribed medication and need to obtain a further supply urgently, when our Dispensary is closed, please visit a local chemist.  Out of hours UCC / Urgent Care Cambridge can be contacted on 0330 123 9131 in the event of a medical emergency.

St Mary's Surgery is introducing NHS Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD)  If you or someone you care for uses the same medicines regularly, you may benefit from using this service.  Click here to find out more information about this service.

Please click here to view the surgery policy for same day urgent / emergency prescription reqeusts.

Drug And Alcohol Services

Drug and Alcohol Services

Up to date information for people considering using drugs, including advice on reducing risk, is available from or from their telephone helpline on 0300 123 6600

Inclusion Cambridgeshire (Drug & Alcohol service) can be contacted on 0300 555 0101

Home Visits

Home visits

If a home visit is required by a patient who is too unwell to travel to the surgery, please telephone Ely 663434 before 10.00am. Please give as much information as possible so that the urgency of each call can be evaluated. A home visit takes four times as long as a surgery consultation. Please attend the surgery wherever possible but, in cases of doubt, patients' requests for a visit can be discussed with a doctor.



We can arrange for an interpreter to attend your appointment with a GP or nurse. Please ask at reception. It would be helpful if you could give us as much notice as possible so that we can ensure the availability of an interpreter for the required spoken or sign language.

Mental Health

Mental Health

All the doctors and nurses at St Mary’s are trained to listen well and respond if patients present with mental health issues. Many problems can be dealt either by ourselves, or by signposting patients and families to local resources. Families with children can access locality Children’s Centres.

We have two in our practice area: the larger centre is at High Barns, Ely, CB7 4RB. There is a smaller centre based at St John’s Scout Hut, St John’s Road,Ely, CB6 3 BW. You can find details of the timetable of activities by clicking on this link Our linked health visitors, who support families with children under the age of five are based at The Princess of Wales Hospital (tel: 01353 652070).

We don’t have a surgery- employed counsellor. We recommend that you look at the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) website to find a counsellor or therapist. Some local charities such as RELATE and CRUSE can provide subsidised rates for those on lower income.

Click here to see a  list of contact numbers & websites that you may find helpful. 

The Cambridge & Peterborough Mental Health Trust provides mental health services for those who need more specialised help. Referral into these services needs to be made by a health professional, such as a GP. The services are provided in the following categories:

  • Adult Services (age 18-65)
  • Older Peoples Services (age 65+)
  • Child & Adolescent Services (up to age 17)
  • IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) & Liaison Psychiatry Services
  • Learning Disability
  • Prison Services 


The Keep Your Head website -, includes a range of information for people of all ages who want information on looking after their mental health and how they can help themselves to feel better. If you feel you need more support Keep Your Head includes information about local and national services that can help.


Minor Injuries

Information about minor injuries that have occurred within the last 48 hours

We are no longer contracted to treat minor injuries at our surgery. For these conditions patients should attend the Minor Injuries Unit based at the Princess of Wales Hospital or, out of hours, the accident and emergency departments of Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge or Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.

The unit also treats a range of health conditions which the link below gives details of, along with opening hours:

Non-NHS Services

Non-NHS services

A wide range of services is provided at St. Mary’s Surgery which are not covered by the National Health Service eg medical examinations for HGV and PSV licences, pre-employment and fitness to travel examinations, signing of passport application forms and completion of private medical certificates etc. for our own patients.

These services are provided at the discretion of the doctors and a fee will be payable. Various clinic trials are also undertaken at the practice, for which patient volunteers are sought from time to time.

Fees for Non-NHS Services

Isn’t the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions.  Prescription charges have existed since 1951 and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, providing copies of health records or producing medical reports for insurance companies.

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The Government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment. In recent years, however, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that information provided to them is true and accurate.

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their own NHS patients are:

  • Accident/sickness Insurance claim forms
  • Certain travel vaccinations
  • Pre-employment Medical/Questionnaire form
  • Holiday cancellation forms
  • Forms and Medicals for HGV/Taxi/PSV/DVLA
  • Private medical insurance reports
  • Ofsted reports
  • Fostering/Adoption Medicals
  • Army/Forces medical forms
  • Certificates for children to work in the entertainment industry
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Statement of fact from the medical record

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:

  • Life assurance and income protection reports for insurance companies
  • Reports for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in connection with disability living allowance and attendance allowance
  • Medical reports for local authorities in connection with adoption and fostering

Click here to view the list of Non-NHS Fees

Please be advised we do NOT provide services to declare "fitness for" the following:

  • Diving
  • Aviation (Doctors approved for aviation medical assessments can be found at
  • Parachuting
  • Extreme driving
  • Marathons / athletics
  • Moutain climbing / high altitude activity
  • Fit to fly as passenger
  • Fit to fly as pregnant woman (though we can provide statement of fact)

Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Our GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. We always ask our patients to collect any forms a week after leaving them with us.  If they are ready before this time we will contact you to let you know.  Please do not expect your GP to process forms overnight: urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this may cost more.

I only need the doctor’s signature - what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor might have to check the patient’s  entire medical record.

Out of Hours Emergency Service

Out of hours emergency service

When the surgery is closed, and in a genuine medical emergency only, patients should telephone NHS 111.

When the surgery is closed, any calls to the surgery (01353 663434) will receive a recorded message advising of the surgery opening hours and to hang up and dial 111 in a genuine medical emergency. 

All calls will be assessed and either:

  • Medical advice given
  • Referred to a healthcare professional for further advice
  • Arrangements made for you to be seen by a healthcare professional at a local centre (Princess of Wales Hospital, ELY or North Cambridgeshire Hospital, WISBECH or Doddington Hospital)
  • Arrangements made for you to be visited at home if you are bedbound by your illness or genuinely housebound
  • A 999 ambulance despatched if appropriate

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group are responsible for commissioning these services.



Change Of Personal Details

Patients must advise reception of any change of name, status, address or telephone number, in order for medical records to be accurately maintained.

Disabled Access

Spaces are reserved for the disabled in the rear car park. Wheelchair access is available by the main entrance to the building. A toilet for the disabled is situated on the ground floor. The surgery also has a hearing loop at reception, as well as a portable facility for use within consultations. Please ask at reception if this is required.


Patients using threatening or violent behaviour to GPs or any other person on the practice premises will be removed from the patient list with immediate effect.

Newly Registered Patients

All new patients are warmly welcomed to the practice. On registration each patient will be asked to make an appointment, within six months, to see a nursing assistant (or GP if repeat medication is required) so that their medical records can be updated.

Patients Aged 16-75 Years

Patients aged between 16 and 75 years of age who have not had a consultation in the previous three years can request a consultation for a routine check-up.

Patients Aged 75 Years And Over

Patients in this category who have not had a consultation in the previous twelve months are entitled annually to see their doctor or a practice nurse to assess whether any treatment is required. Appointments can be requested at the surgery, or in the home if a patient is housebound.

Temporary Residents

The doctors are happy to see any of your family and friends who need a doctor when they are staying with you. Similarly, when you are away from home in the UK you can visit any local doctor.
Please note there may be a charge for some overseas visitors.

Primary Medical Services

Details Of Primary Medical Services

Details of Primary Medical Services in the area can be obtained from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG:

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, Lockton House, Clarendon Road, Cambridge, CB2 8FH.  The CCG can be contacted on 01223 725400

The Patient Experience Team are also based at the Ida Darwin site and can be contacted on 0800 279 2535 and 01223 725 588.

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice

Our privacy notice is available to download here

Publication Of Earnings

Publication Of Earnings

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (eg average) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working at St Mary's Surgery in the last financial year before tax and national insurance is £49,229

This is for 1 full time GPs and 12 part time GPs and 2 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.

It should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.



If you are referred by your Doctor, you may need to return to the surgery to collect paperwork.  A document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page showing how referrals are dealt with and the timescales involved.

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Hospital referrals

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Registering at St Mary's Surgery

The patient list at St Mary's Surgery is currently open to patients living in the practice area. A map of the area covered by St Mary's Surgery is available here.

Repeat Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Repeat prescriptions are checked by your doctor before being issued. On certain occasions the doctor may decide it is more appropriate to see you for an appointment rather than issuing further medicines. This decision is made by the doctor and not by the dispensary staff. Requests for repeat prescriptions can also be faxed to the surgery on 01353 645656.

We can dispense medication for patients who live in the villages surrounding Ely but please allow 3 - 4 working days for processing of your request.  

We are unable to dispense for patients living in Ely.  Please request your medication from the surgery 7 - 10 days before it is required to allow your prescription to be generated, signed and then processed by the pharmacy of your choice.

If the computer slip has been mislaid then please write your name and address with a list of the drugs that you require and hand this in to the dispensary staff.

In line with national guidelines we have moved to issuing 28 days’ supply of medicines at a time. There is a huge cost to the NHS of medicines issued to patients that are never used. In certain cases it may be more cost-effective for patients to have a pre-payment certificate.

A further way of making sure that the NHS has value for money from the medication that patients take, is by avoiding different brands and prescribing by the chemical name (generic prescribing). Brands vary enormously in price whilst the drug is exactly the same. We are trying to ensure we increase our generic prescribing. The dispensary telephone number is Ely 663434.

Sexual Health

Sexual Health

St Marys Surgery provide a full family planning service in our dedicated clinic.  Our GPs and Nurses are also able to offer contraceptive advice at routine appointments.  We also offer pill checks and Chlamydia screening.  If you are aged 16 - 24 you can pick up a Chlamydia urine testing kit from Reception or in the toilets at the surgery.

The iCASH website also gives details of local confidential sexual health clinics and can be accessed by clicking here

Sick Certificates

Sick certificates

The patient is responsible for self-certification for the first seven days of an illness, using form SC2 which can be obtained from your employer or surgery reception. Thereafter, if appropriate, NHS certificates will be issued by the doctor. A consultation may not always be necessary for a certificate to be issued - please ask at reception prior to booking an appointment.



St. Mary’s Surgery immediate and long-term equipment fund is called SMILE. Occasionally donations are received which are deposited in this fund.

This enables the practice to purchase items of equipment which benefit our patients, eg nebulizers for asthma patients, glucometers for diabetic patients, sonic aids for antenatal patients, ECG machine and defibrillator.

If you would like to make a donation, please ask to speak to the practice manager.

Surgery Closures

Surgery Closures

The surgery will be closed for staff training on the following dates between 1:00pm and 4:30pm: 

21st January 2020
25th March 2020
23rd June 2020
16th September 2020
17th November 2020

In the event of a medical emergency during this time, please telephone the Surgery on 01353 663434

Surgery Times

Surgery hours

The surgery is open at the following times:-

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm

Evening GP appointments beyond 6:30pm are available on a Monday and Wednesday.  These sessions must be booked 48 hours before hand.  Note:  Other surgery services are not available during these extended hours.

Our Dispensary is open between 9:30am and 1pm and 2pm untl 5:30pm

Telephone Calls

Telephone calls

If a patient needs to speak to a nurse or doctor, they should telephone 01353 663434, leaving their name, address, telephone number and, if possible, the reason for the call. They will return the call as soon as they are able.

Patients who are hard of hearing may wish to use the NGT Relay service.  More information is available on their website which is available here  

Test Results

Test Results

When a doctor or nurse arranges for a test to be taken the patient will be informed how to obtain the result.

The type of test done will dictate how long your result takes to come back to us. The person who takes the test can normally advise you how long your test result will take to come back.

Patient Information Notice - Test Results

Please note that we will only contact you to tell you about your test results for one of the following reasons:

1. The test needs to be repeated again for some reason
2. You need to start or change treatment as a result of the test result
3. There is a problem with the result that we need to talk to you about so you need to see the doctor

If your test result is normal – we will not contact you – this is because of the large volume of tests we undertake each week.

The Minor Injuries Treatment Centre - Princess of Wales Hospital

The Minor Injuries Treatment Centre at Princess Of Wales Hospital

This is a service where nurse practitioners see patients. No appointment is necessary. Examples of what can be treated are:

  • Wounds - cuts and bruises (risk of tetanus)
  • Insect bites
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Muscle and joint injuries, strains, sprains and limb fractures
  • Minor sport injuries
  • Also, some minor illnesses can be dealt with:
  • Eye problems - removal of foreign bodies, conjunctivitis
  • Earache (patients aged two years and over)
  • Sore throats (patients aged two years and over)
  • An emergency contraception service is also available.

The unit is open:

  • Seven days a week - 8.30am - 6.00pm (Including Bank Holidays)

There are no X-Ray facilities at weekends.

Telephone Number: 01353 656675

To Register with a GP

How to register with a GP

Patients wishing to register with a GP and who live within our practice area will be asked to complete a registration form (GMS1) and a new patient questionnaire (available at Reception) for each family member with details of full name, date of birth, new address, previous home address and GP details.  Where possible your NHS number should be included. You may wish to take these forms home to complete them.

When returning the completed forms we also require two forms of ID for each adult patient - One form of Photo ID (passport or driving licence) and a utility bill showing name and current address dated within past 6 months.
For children a birth certifcate can be shown or hospital discharge letter for new borns.

 On registration you are entitled to express a preference in relation to the GP from whom you wish to receive medical services, and we will endeavour to comply with any reasonable preference.

We operate an open access policy whereby any patient can request to see any doctor. However, where possible, it is preferred that a patient sees the same doctor to encourage continuity of care.

If for any reason one doctor is absent, the remaining doctors will see his or her patients.

Download GMS1 form here

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Registering at St Mary's Surgery



Hospital transport

To qualify for hospital transport you must live at least three miles from the hospital and have no other means of attending, ie own vehicle, friend or public / voluntary transport. If you suffer severe physical or mental problems, or are attending for treatment which has physical side effects, you may qualify for transport. If you think you qualify for transport, this can be arranged for the first visit only by telephoning Ely 663434.

All subsequent transport arrangements should be made at the hospital when booking your next appointment.

Community Transport

If you have difficulty using conventional public transport, East Cambs Social Car Scheme can be contacted on 01353 666553 between 9:30am and 12:30pm.  A leaflet is available at the surgery or more information can be found at  There is a charge of 35p per mile.

Travel Vaccinations

Travel vaccinations

Please book your appointment with the nurse well in advance of your holiday. 

Please also print and complete the document below and return it to the surgery before your appointment.

Please note there may be a charge for certain vaccinations.

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Travel risk assessment form and travel advice

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Well Woman Appointments

Well woman appointments

These are screening appointmens for ladies, covering such topics as smear tests, menopause advice, HRT etc