Welcome to Cornford House Surgery and Fulbourn Health Centre
Please continue to socially distance and wear face coverings when attending the Surgery.
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Contact Us Online
If you are registered with us, you can contact us about a medical, administrative or prescription issue by clicking on the button below.
This short online form is the quickest and simplest way for the majority of our patients to access or clinical team for assistance. Our practice phone lines remain open for anyone with accessibility needs who might have difficulty completing this form.
Please do not use this online form for urgent or emergency requests. The submitted forms will only be read during office hours. The forms will not be read on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) or on bank holidays. They will not be read Monday-Friday between the hours of 1800 - 0900. Please contact 111 during out of hours or 999 if this is an emergency.
Fulbourn Health Centre will be closed on Friday 23rd Feb due to staff shortage. We apologise for the inconvenience
A message from the Marfan Trust this Marfan Awareness Month
Passing frequently unnoticed through GP surgeries and A&Es is a potentially life-threatening
condition. Marfan syndrome is a rare disorder of the body’s connective tissue, affecting 1 in 3,000 people. It is estimated there are 18,000 people living in the United Kingdom with the condition, with half of these living undiagnosed, as Marfan hides in plain sight.
The American actor Vincent Schiavelli, below, had Marfan syndrome.
A disorder of the connective tissue means the body is missing the glue that binds it together. Quite simply, the body disconnects and in Marfan syndrome this can affect three main systems – the skeleton, the eyes, and most life-threateningly, the heart.
As our Medical Director, Dr Anne Child says: “Once a doctor meets a person with Marfan syndrome, the doctor never forgets. Otherwise a doctor may not know about this unusual condition, and awareness is so important, as early diagnosis of Marfan syndrome can ensure correct management and save lives”.
What is Marfan Syndrome?
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an inherited disorder of the body’s connective tissues that affects men and women of any race or ethnic group. It was identified in 1896 by a French physician Antoine Marfan. The severity varies from individual to individual and 75% of patients inherit the condition whilst 25% occur as a result of a spontaneous (new) mutation. Each child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inherited Marfan syndrome.
• 200 new cases are identified every year
• Half of sufferers remain undiagnosed
• 25% of calls to the Marfan Trust Helpline are from those left undiagnosed by their GP and seeking support from our Charity
Signs, Symptoms, and Salient Features of Marfan Syndrome
The syndrome manifests in many disparate ways which makes it difficult to diagnose. As the cousin of a young man lost to Marfan syndrome said: “He was tall and thin, his rib cage stuck out (pigeon chest), his toes curled, he had stretch marks on his back and he was able
to touch his wrist with his thumb. His wing span was longer than his height. Had we heard
of Marfan syndrome we may have been able to join the dots and he would have been tested
and undergone surgery”. A GP or a doctor in A&E is in a position to assess and to make
sense of these different signs and salient features, and join the dots, in doing so potentially
saving a life.
SKELETON: Musculo-skeletal problems are common and troublesome in MFS, with Marfan patients often growing to excessive height with long fingers and hammer toes while developing curvature (scoliosis/kyphosis/lordosis) of the spine. Skeletal problems also involve abnormally shaped chest (pectus deformity) and loose joints, often causing pain and dislocation.
- Recognition from a RHEUMATOLOGIST could be the first vital step towards diagnosis of the underlying condition.
EYES: people with Marfan syndrome are generally myopic, with some experiencing dislocation of the ocular lens and retinal detachment. Strabismus (squint) and glaucoma are also ocular signs.
- Recognition from an OPTICIAN is sometimes the first vital step towards diagnosis of the underlying condition.
HEART: Ballooning and potentially fatal tearing of the aorta and backward billowing of the heart’s valves. These symptoms can cause death at an early age unless diagnosed in good time and treated medically and surgically. Doctors must listen to the heart and send the
patient for an echocardiogram.
DENTAL: A high-arched palate and crowding of teeth with a history of tooth extraction.
- Recognition from a DENTIST is another a route to diagnosis of Marfan syndrome.
SKIN: The lack of elasticity skin in Marfan syndrome means that patients often develop stretch marks.
The Marfan Trust
Marfan Trust is a charity dedicated to improving, and saving the lives of those with Marfan syndrome. We are not government funded but rely purely upon goodwill and public donation. Our Medical Director Dr Anne Child formed the international consortium that discovered the causative gene in the condition. We receive up to three calls a week from someone who suspects they may have Marfan syndrome.
E: email@example.com T: 020 7594 1605 www.marfantrust.org
Sexual & Reproductive Health Survey
The Public Health Joint Commissioning Unit are carrying out a Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs Assessment for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
This survey is being conducted in order to gather information relating to sexual and reproductive health services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The survey will inform a Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs Assessment that is being completed in the two areas. The Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs Assessment is a process used by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to assess the sexual and reproductive health needs facing the residents living in the two areas and will be used to inform service developments in response to these and potential future needs. Aggregated non-personal information contained in this survey will be shared with a limited number of staff from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. The survey is completely anonymous, and you do not have to leave any personal details.
If you would like to complete the survey, please click here
Contact your GP practice if something in your body doesn’t feel right or you experience any of the symptoms below. Signs and symptoms vary , and some can be harder to notice , such
• Frequent infections
• Unexplained night sweats
• Unexplained weight loss
• Unexpected or unexplained bruising
• For three weeks or more:
• A cough or a change in an existing cough
• Tummy trouble, such as discomfort or diarrhoea
• Feeling tired and unwell and not sure why
• Heartburn or indigestion
• Unusual, pale or greasy poo
• Other signs and symptoms include:
• Unexplained pain or discomfort for three weeks or more
• An unexplained lump anywhere on the body
• Unexpected or unexplained bleeding (such as bleeding from your bottom, or blood when you cough or in your vomit)
• Blood in your poo
• Blood in your pee even just once
• For more information on cancer signs and symptoms go to nhs.uk/cancersymptoms
• It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable and can save lives If your GP suspects cancer, they'll refer you for further tests
Need Help Trying To Quit Smoking?
Free NHS prescriptions guide.pdf
Kooth & Qwell
Kooth and Qwell are a couple of Online Mental Wellbeing Community apps that are currently available, for free, for the public to sign up to. It's anonymous (they only ask for your month and year of birth as each product is for certain age ranges) and you can self refer to the service whenever you want.
Their primary goal is to support patients who are in waiting lists to be seen by Primary MH Services and those who do not fill the criteria for those services, though they do also provide support (in some areas) to wider family members and loved ones. Kooth is for people aged 11-18 (up to their 19th birthday) & Qwell is for people aged 18+
You can find out more at their websites:
Think and Act F.A.S.T. if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke:
- Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
- Speech – is their speech slurred?
- Time – even if you’re not sure, call 999. When Stroke Strikes Act F.A.S.T. Call 999
A stroke is known as a ‘brain attack’. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention as every minute is vital. That is why calling 999 is so crucial. Early recognition of symptoms can give stroke patients those extra precious minutes, enabling faster access to specialist treatment and increasing the chances of a recovery which could reduce the long-term effects, such as a disability.
Healthy You is a free service for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents who are looking to make changes to their lifestyle. With an aim to help people stop smoking, lead a more active lifestyle or get a NHS Health Checks.
Have a look at what they offer at their website here
Health Steps is a free 8-week programme, aimed at families with children aged 5-11 years, who are looking for tips and tricks on improving their familys health. With budget conscious, easy and fun ideas to get the family moving and eating more healthily. Sign up below:
Health Steps - Better Family Health
Community Pharmacy Consultation Service
We know your time is valuable. If you’ve got an urgent medical issue that is not an emergency, please don’t wait in A&E. A&E is here for life-threatening emergencies. If you show up to A&E with a problem that isn’t an emergency, you may be redirected. Don’t risk a wasted trip – visit cpics.org.uk/well-together to find the right service for your needs or use alternative services like 111 online instead via 111.nhs.uk
Our GP teams are facing high demand right now and are prioritising urgent issues. If your issue isn’t urgent, please consider whether you can stay well at home or visit 111.nhs.uk for urgent advice.
Feeling lonely is something that all of us can experience at any point and it can have a huge impact on our wellbeing. It’s important to remember that these feelings can pass and that there are lots of ways we can help each other too.
Fancy a cuppa? Fancy a walk? Sometimes reaching out to each other with as little as three words can make a big difference.
As part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are encouraging people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely. If we do this regularly, we can all help to lift each other up.
Find out how you can help lift someone out of loneliness by clicking here
A message from Addenbrookes
The Addenbrookes team have sent out the following message to patients:
We are currently undertaking a review of all patients on our waiting list for tests or procedures.
Patients on our waiting list are being contacted via text message, postal letter and telephone as part of our work to reduce the delays caused by the pandemic. We are asking them to let us know their preference regarding their appointments or procedures. By reviewing our waiting list and gathering this information we can ensure we understand your most up-to-date medical needs, while we prioritise care for our most clinically urgent patients.
The SMS text message will show in your messages as CUH.NHS.UK. In the message, patients will receive a unique 4-digit pin. We’ll ask you to enter the pin and your date of birth so that you can log in and complete a short survey. If you haven’t responded within 48 hrs you will receive a text reminder. Please be aware the link will only be valid for 4 days from when the initial text message was sent.
If we do not have a contact number or you do not respond to the online survey, a postal letter will be sent out to you. If we have not received a response to the online survey or letter, you will be contacted via phone. In responding and completing this survey you will help us to reduce waiting times for our patients. We would like to assure you that:
· Our communication will only ever ask questions relating to your care
· We will never ask for bank details or make reference to money or payment
· We will never ask you for your name or address
· Our message will include a unique pin and we will ask you to input your date of birth only to log in
· If you do not respond to the text message, we will write to you to complete a paper survey
· A business reply envelope will be included to allow the return of the survey without any cost to you.
· If you do not respond to the text message or paper survey you will be contacted by phone to complete the survey.
ALSO, the Patient Advice and Liaison Service and complaints team have changed their email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The telephone number for PALS remains the same – 01223 216756.
Group A Streptococcus
Group A Strep is a bacterium found in many peoples throats and on the skin. It causes illnesses such as Scarlet Fever, Tonsillitis & Cellulitis, though some people never feel unwell from the infection.
Unfortunately, this year there has been an increase in the number of infections (mostly in small children), and a small number of these have resulted in death.
The links below lead to sites with some helpful information about Strep A, including what symptoms to look out for & what to do in an emergency:
Mental health services and support
One in four people across the country will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Mental health problems and illnesses include anxiety, depression, addiction, personality disorders and psychosis.
Experiencing a mental health problem can be upsetting and very frightening. It is important to know you are not alone and that there are a wide range of services and support available to you. These include online support and information services, helplines, talking therapies, counselling and crisis mental health support, as well as specialist mental health help.
There are a number of services that you can access or self-refer to (self-refer means you do not need to have been referred by your GP or medical professional to use the service).
Below, you will find information on local support and services. You can also find further information at www.nhs.uk/mental-health
You can also contact your GP who will be able to provide advice on how to deal with your symptoms and talk to you about available treatments and support services that are available locally.
- Keep Your Head keep-your-head.com website provides information on mental health and wellbeing support and local services available for young people and adults across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
- How Are You (H.A.Y.) haycambspboro.co.uk is an interactive local website that brings together information on activities and support available in your local community to help boost mental health and wellbeing.
- Lifeline – lifecraft.org.uk - Free, confidential helpline that you can call anonymously to talk to a trained volunteer. Lifeline is available daily 11am-11pm and can be reached by calling 0808 808 2121.
- Mind - CPSLMind, cpslmind.org.uk - A mental health charity providing a range of services and support for people suffering with mental health problems and promoting positive mental health across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
- Qwell and Kooth - Free online wellbeing services offering chat-based counselling, peer support and self-help. qwell.io – for ages 18+ www.kooth.com – for ages 11-25
- Crisis support – NHS 111 Option 2 - If you feel you are in a mental health crisis, urgent support is available in our area 24/7 through 111. Simply dial 111 and select option 2. You will be put through to a trained advisor who will speak to you and discuss your current mental health needs.
- Psychological Wellbeing Service - Psychological therapy for mild to moderate depression or anxiety for anyone aged 17+. You do not need a diagnosis to access the service and can self-refer by visiting cpft.nhs.uk/psychological-wellbeing-service
If you feel adrift in an ocean of information regarding what to feed your newborn, the NHS has setup a support website with handy tips and advice for you.
Follow this link to find out more.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Two people die every day from cervical cancer in England, yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting your screening can help stop it before it starts.
Screening helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for a virus called high-risk HPV which causes nearly all cervical cancers. This is the best way to find out who is at higher risk of developing the cervical cell changes that over time could potentially lead to cervical cancer. Any cervical cell changes can be treated, preventing cervical cancer.
If you have a cervix and have had any kind of sexual contact, with people of any gender, you are at risk of cervical cancer.
You can have HPV even if you’ve only ever had one partner, or not had sex for a long time.
But don’t be alarmed if you have HPV as it does not mean you have cervical cancer - HPV is a common virus that most people will get at some point during their lives.
People with a cervix aged 25-64 are eligible for screening. Those registered as female with their GP practice are invited for routine screening every three years if they are aged 25-49 and every five years if they are aged 50-64. Those registered as male will need to request an appointment from their GP or a local sexual health clinic.
Life can be hectic and it's easy to let your cervical screening appointment fall to the bottom of your 'to do' list, but it only lasts a few minutes - it’s a few minutes that could save your life.
For most people, cervical screening tests are not painful. However, if you are worried that you may find the test uncomfortable, remember you are in control and can ask to stop at any time. If you are worried about it being uncomfortable, or you have found screening difficult in the past, talk to the nurse or doctor doing the test so they can give you the right support.
If you're embarrassed about cervical screening then you're not alone. Talk to the nurse or doctor doing the test, who can help put you at ease.
Household Support Fund
The Household Support Fund is a new fund which aims to help those struggling to pay for food, energy or other essential items.
If you, or someone you know is struggling to keep warm and fed, please go to Household Support Fund - Cambridgeshire County Council to see if you could be eligible to apply to the Household Support Fund.
COVID-19 Vaccination programme – update
We are NOT currently giving Covid vaccinations at this time. This may change as the year rolls on as per government guidance and directive.
For more information regarding local Covid vaccination services, follow the link below:
Dissenting from secondary uses of GP identifiable data
A HEAVILY summarised run down:
The overall idea of this is to help identify inequalities and areas for improvement in healthcare across various groups and services, along with helping with research regarding future pandemics and the after effects of the current one. The NHS doesn't have the resources to handle all of the data processing that this would involve, so it's handing the job over to other companies.
Obviously, record sharing is a contentious subject, and some people do not want their records shared in this manner. If you do not wish to have you record be a part of this upload, please fill and hand in the form below.
Type 1 Opt out letter of secondary uses
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
The Advice from Public Health England continually evolves as Health/Science/Government leads react to the evolving picture. Please take this advice to give us the best chance of beating this epidemic. Please see Gov.uk websites for the most up-to-date information.
Getting a test for Coronavirus.
NHS COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests are no longer free for most people.
You may still be able to get free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests from the NHS if you:
- have a health condition which means you're eligible for COVID-19 treatment
- work in healthcare or in a hospice
If you want to get tested but are not eligible for free NHS rapid lateral flow tests, you need to pay for the test yourself.
You can buy rapid lateral flow tests from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.
Coronavirus Support in the Local Community:
If you need help or advice during this difficult time, take a look at he following websites, which offers a wealth of information, contact details and advice:
* Cambridge council website to access help
* Age UK- for cambridge area
If you need help or would like to help/donate. Please use the following link.
Looking after your Mental Health in the Covid 19 era
5 steps to Mental Well being
Breathing exercises to relax
Every Mind Matters- staying at home tips
Cambridge council home exercise videos.
Other useful numbers:
Childline 0800 1111
Samaritans 116 123
Refuge - Domestice Violence 0808 2000 247
Mind 0300 123 3393
Age UK 0800 678 1602
We aim to provide excellent clinical care, working with the Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure we have a viable cost effective NHS for the future. We will continue to train tomorrow's Doctors and Primary care clinicians.
- Put our patient's welfare and health at the centre of our agenda
- Be caring, courteous, and respectful
- Treat patients fairly and without discrimination
- Act with confidentiality and integrity
- Be accountable, respond to feedback and deal with complaints in a timely fashion
- Work as a team with a positive attitude
We ask patients to
- Be polite and respectful of our staff. Abusive behavior will not be tolerated
- Keep appointments and let us know as early as possible if they can not attend
- Use the NHS responsibly to ensure it can remain sustainable
- Keep us updated on your contact details so we can get in touch easily if needed
- Promote the health and well being of patients including self-care and sign posting to other professionals
- Provide evidence based care and keep up to date with evolving knowledge
- Be innovative and responsive to an ever-changing face of Primary healthcare
- Provide and promote the training of tomorrow's primary care staff
- Use resources wisely, balancing the needs of individual patients and that of the wider population
We are accredited as a University Teaching Practice by Cambridge University for teaching Medical students.
We are a Post Graduate Training Practice for the East of England Multi Professional Deanery.
Would you recommend us to your friends and family?
Cornford House Surgery and Fulbourn Health Centre want you to have the best possible experience of care. The NHS Friends and Family Test is a way of gathering your feedback so we can continually review our service.
It is based on one simple question:
“How likely are you to recommend our service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment”
Your feedback will help us learn more about what you think of your experience – what you like and what you think we could improve. Ultimately you’re helping us to make changes that will ensure we can offer the best possible care.
For further information on the NHS Friends and Family Test, please visit