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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.

Update on COVID-19 vaccinations from St Mary’s Surgery

We want to give you an update on the vaccine roll out for Ely and Littleport area. 

As you may have seen in the local news, St Mary’s Surgery was one of the participating GP practices involved in the very first wave of 975 Pfizer vaccines for our most vulnerable patients.
These vaccines were given to people from the first priority group from 15-17 December at Cathedral Medical Centre.Photo shows Clinical Practitioner, Pippa Mitchell, preparing the Pfizer vaccine for use.

All the vaccine timeslots were taken up and used and these patients will return for their second jabs early in January. A week later, they should all be fully protected.

We are expecting the next delivery of vaccines around mid-January. We are still working through the first priority group – the over 80s – and we will contact all those who are eligible via text messages or phone once we have confirmation from NHS England on delivery dates and how to book an appointment.

Please DO NOT ring the surgery; staff will contact you when it is your turn for the vaccine. Read more about why you are being asked to wait here.

The second round of vaccinations will also take place at Cathedral Medical Centre in accordance with strict Department of Health guidelines, so we are currently unable to do home visits or even give vaccines here at St Mary’s. 

However, please be reassured. Everyone who is eligible WILL be offered a vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

Photo shows Clinical Practitioner, Pippa Mitchell, preparing the Pfizer vaccine for use.

For more information, please keep an eye on our website or follow us on Facebook.


Concerns over queuing for COVID-19 vaccination

Some people have raised concerns over the queuing time at Cathedral Medical Centre for the first COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out in Ely.

As you might be aware, Cathedral Medical Centre is acting as a hub for three GP practices. That means there is a larger than normal number of over 80s from the first priority group who have been invited to attend for their COVID-19 vaccination at one single location.

In addition, as you may be aware from the news, the Pfizer vaccine, once defrosted, has a shelf life of 3.5 days. Therefore, as many people as possible need to be vaccinated during that time and all the surgeries have worked extremely hard in booking priority patients into the short time that is available.

We are sure you all appreciate that this the first time this vaccine has been used. Therefore, it is understandable that our highly experienced doctors and nurses are taking extra care and precautions in delivering the vaccines to our most vulnerable patients, and that includes an extra 15-minute wait for each patient after their jab for monitoring. 

So while there is queuing time for patients, it means other patients are having their vaccinations delivered in the safest and most careful way possible. All those who have appointments booked WILL be seen and will be vaccinated and treated the same way.

Please bear with us during this difficult balancing act. All of the GP practices involved in the roll out realise the vaccine implementation process can be difficult for some patients. However, we are so thankful that a vaccine has now been authorised and that the nationwide process of ensuring the most vulnerable in our society are protected is underway.


COVID-19 vaccine roll out
The NHS has started to vaccinate the most at-risk priority groups including over-80s and social care workers. Eligible patients will be contacted direct to arrange an appointment. 

Patients are asked  NOT to contact the surgery regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

As soon as more vaccines become available, they will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible. Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.
If you have not yet been approached about having the Covid-19 vaccine, please read the information: why you are being asked to wait.
A patient information leaflet on the Covid-19 vaccine is available to download here.
Please continue to abide by all the social distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.


Vaccination clinics - consent forms

If you have a confirmed booking from the surgery for a shingles vaccine or for a child's nasal flu vaccination, please download, complete and sign the appropriate consent form and bring to the appointment.

Shingles vaccination consent form

Child nasal flu consent form

Updated: 9.11.20

St Mary’s Surgery flu vaccination programme well underway

In the first two weeks of this year’s seasonal flu campaign, St Mary’s Surgery has vaccinated some 2,465 patients.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government is increasing the number of people who are eligible for an NHS flu vaccination. As well as those aged over 65 or in high risk groups, people aged between 50-64 who are healthy will be invited for a free flu jab for the first time. This national vaccination programme will be a phased roll out right across the country.

Dr Young said: “We are expecting our flu clinics to run throughout the autumn and into winter in line with our vaccine deliveries and I strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for a free NHS flu jab to get vaccinated and help protect themselves, their family and the NHS. Dr Young, St Mary's Surgery Ely

"Those invited in the first phase are the over 65s and those in high risks groups – both adults and children. Once this first vaccination phase is completed, we will begin to invite others. This will include all those eligible from the 50-64 aged group."

St Mary’s Surgery flu clinics are held at weekends to enable the surgery to deal with larger numbers of people. Patient safety continues to be a priority for the practice and all patients coming for their flu vaccinations will be screened on entry to the building, including having their temperatures taken at the door. Social distancing rules will be followed and there will be a one-way route for each patient through the surgery. Staff will be on hand to help throughout. 

The next clinics are planned for the 7th, 21st and 22nd November.

Dr Young continued: “If you are signed up to receive text messages from us, we will contact you when you are due your flu jab. All you then need to do is contact us to book your clinic date and time.

“Please don’t worry if you have not yet heard from us yet, the flu clinics will run on for some time. Once we’ve finished vaccinating the first phase groups, we will begin inviting all those who are eligible and aged between 50-64.”

Date updated: 4.11.20

Surgery announcement - Dr Sarah Steed and Dr Steve Knight 

We are sad to announce that Dr Steed will be retiring from St Mary’s Surgery on Friday 2 October after having worked here for nine years.

We are also sad to inform you that Dr Knight has decided to resign from the partnership following his recent illness, as he feels he will not be able to commit to the front facing role required of a general practitioner with the current pandemic.

We would like to thank them both for their contribution to medical care for the patients of St Mary’s Surgery over their time here.

Their patients will be allocated to the remaining partners, Doctors Baker, Miller, Piggott, Rayner and Young to assist with continuity of care until we have recruited new colleagues. In the interim, we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of our regular locums, Doctors Douglas, Siddique and Walcott.

We wish Dr Steed and Dr Knight much happiness for the future.

Date added: 30.9.20

Vaccination clinics - consent forms

If you have a confirmed booking from the surgery for a shingles vaccine or for a child's nasal flu vaccination, please download, complete and sign the appropriate consent form and bring to the appointment.

Shingles vaccination consent form

Child nasal flu consent form

Date created: 2.9.20

Flu vaccination clinics
St Mary’s Surgery is currently finalising its plans for this year’s flu vaccination clinics. Patients can be reassured that patient care and safety is our priority. Every measure will be taken to ensure that COVID-19 precautions are met.

Please note:
All patients will be screened on entry to the building, including having their temperatures taken at the door. Social distancing rules will be followed and there will be a one-way route for each patient through the surgery. Patients are asked to wear a face covering.

Staff will be on hand to help throughout.

If you have received a text from the surgery inviting you to book for a flu clinic, please telephone us to book your appointment. Please DO NOT book for a flu vaccination if you have not had a text message from us. We will contact you in due course.

Date created: 21.8.20

Support for mums experiencing anxiety

For some women being a new mum can be a challenging, anxious and stressful experience.
If you feel you are experiencing worrying thoughts, struggling with your mental health or have postnatal depression then Mums Matter can help you. 

Mums Matter is running an Ely-based course for mums with children up to two years of age. The course is designed to help you cope better and keep yourself well.

Starting on Thursday 5 November, the course runs for eight weeks. Each session runs from 12.30-2.30pm and will take place at Ely Children’s Centre, 77 High Barns Road CB7 4RB.

To find out more or to book a place on the course, please contact the perinatal team

Mums Matter is part of CPLS Mind.

Date created: 20.8.20

Call for clinical trial volunteers to help fight coronavirus

NHS Blood and Transplant has put a call out for volunteers to join a clinical trial to help with the national effort against coronavirus. 

If you’ve had COVID-19 and recovered successfully, this trial researching the effectiveness of convalescent plasma in treating coronavirus would like to hear from you. 

Find out more and register your interest in donating here.

Date created: 13.8.20

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 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.

Updated 1.6.20

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.

Updated: 22.5.20

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

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