This page has been set up to provide St Mary's patients with the latest news and key messages from the surgery. It is updated regularly.
Face coverings and exemptions
The law on the wearing of face coverings in England changed on Friday 24 July. As well as on public transport, people are required to wear a face covering in shops and other enclosed public spaces.
For your own protection and safety, that of other patients and the NHS staff who are caring for you, we encourage anyone attending the surgery to wear a face mask or face covering.
Thank you for your cooperation with this.
We know that some people are unable to wear a face covering because of a disability or severe distress, and the government has made provision for people not to have to wear a face covering if they have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:
• young children under the age of 11
• not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
• if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
• if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
• to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
• to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
• to eat or drink, but only if you need to
• to take medication
• if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering.
More details on government advice about whow should wear a face covering can be found here.
There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked:
• If asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification
• If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication.
If you think you may be exempt or are unable to wear a face covering for health reasons, you can download and print off exemption cards to carry with you.
St Mary’s Surgery is not obliged to provide you with a letter exempting you from wearing a face mask due to certain health issues. This is because a letter is not needed. Any patient can print their own exemption card.
Date updated: 31.7.20
Thank you to all our patients
We would like to say a huge thank you to all our patients and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your support of us and the NHS, and your understanding about the difficulties we have faced has been appreciated by everyone here at the surgery. We are so grateful for all the positive messages we have had, all the thank yous from patients, and the kindnesses and continuing support you have shown.
We appreciate that many routine problems have had to be put on hold during this time, and can be very frustrating. Our hope is that as we begin to ease out of lockdown, we will be able to address these more readily. We will, of course, continue to keep all our patients informed and up-to-date. Do keep an eye on our website, social media and, if you are signed up to receive them, texts from the surgery.
Thank you again for all your understanding and support during this difficult time.
Date created: 1.7.20
National survey on health data
Would you like to have a say in how your health data is shared?
St Mary’s Surgery is supporting a new nationwide study about NHS Health Data and is looking for recruits. The study, known as CLIMB, is based at Cambridge University and is researching people’s views on health data sharing.
The team is looking for men and women aged 16 or over, who live in the UK, to take part in an anonymous survey which will take around 15-20 minutes to complete.
It’s important for the research to say where you heard about the survey – please tick St Mary’s Surgery Ely at this point. You don’t need to be a patient here to take part.
Find out more and join the study here. The survey closes at the end of September 2020.
Date created: 30.6.20
Change of GPs
We are sad to announce that Dr Case-Upton left St Mary’s Surgery on the 29 May having worked here for eight years. Dr Case-Upton will be working for the RAF and extending his medical interests in musculoskeletal and sports medicine and we send him our best wishes in his future career. We would like to thank him for his contribution to medical care for the patients of St Mary’s over his time here.
From Monday 8 June 2020 Dr Sam Rayner will be joining us as a partner and he will take over the care of Dr Case-Upton’s patient list.
We are also pleased to announce that Dr Ben Miller will be joining the partnership on 1 June 2020 and that Dr Steve Knight is progressing well with his medical treatment and hopefully will be back with us before the end of the year.
Call for patients to take part in COVID-19 research study
St Mary’s practice is supporting vital COVID-19 research. As part of this, we are helping to carry out a national priority research study managed by the University of Oxford, called PRINCIPLE.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, are aged 65 or over, OR are aged 50-64 and have an existing health condition, you may be eligible to join this important study.
If you are interested in taking part in the PRINCIPLE trial, please complete the screening questionnaire to check your eligibility for this stage of the research.
If you'd like to know more about COVID-19 research and how you can contribute, please visit the Be Part of Research site, which is run by the National Institute for Health Research.
Surgery is closed on Bank Holiday Monday
Please note St Mary's surgery, our dispensary and Lloyds Pharmacy are closed this coming bank holiday, Monday 25 May.
The surgery and pharmacies will re-open as usual on Tuesday 26 May.
Date created: 19.5.20
Invitation to sign up for MJOG Messenger
St Mary’s Surgery has upgraded its text messaging service. Patients who previously signed up to MJOG and currently receive texts from us, are now invited to use MJOG Messenger.
The new MJOG Messenger app is FREE and provides safe and secure health information direct to your mobile. The app allows us to contact you with important messages, including reminders of your appointments or annual health reviews. You can also cancel appointments using MJOG without having to ring the surgery.
Messages sent via the Messenger app have no maximum limit which means the surgery can provide you with clearer, more detailed messages. All messages are sent securely and you can also PIN protect access to MJOG Messenger if you wish to.
The app only works with smart phones and you can download it from the App Store for I Phone or from Google Play for android phones, or see here for more information.
If you already receive text messages from us and you don’t have a smart phone, or don’t wish to install the app we will continue to send you text messages as we do now.
Please note you should ensure the surgery has your current contact details, including your mobile phone number, before you register for this service. Patients who order medication or book appointments via SystmOnline or similar services, will be able to update their contact details via these services.
Date created: 13.5.20
Blood pressure readings
A home blood pressure diary can be downloaded below and the completed diary emailed to the surgery. Please DO NOT use this email address for any other purpose.
Click here to download your blood pressure readings diary.
Date updated: 30.3.20