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Psychological Wellbeing Service (IAPT) - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Patients with anxiety and depression can self refer to the Psychological Wellbeing Service to help them on their journey to improved mental health and wellbeing.  Click here for information on the Psychological Wellbeing Service


You may have seen a report in the News this week about the outcomes of an American study on this drug.  We have had a lot of calls from patients who are taking this drug and our message is not to panic as in most cases the benefits of these particular drugs far outweigh any risk. While the risk in the media report sounds high, it is still a very low risk for each person. This is backed up by a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Addenbrookes who says that these are very effective medicines, proven to save lives and reduce the need for surgery in patients with bleeding ulcers and several other conditions. 

 Our surgery already carries out audits of all patients on Omeprazole to check for any specific risk and it is our policy to take patients off the drug when it is no longer needed.  This is one of the reasons why we carry out medication reviews with patients, to check safety aspects and ensure the drugs are still needed.  The need for patients to continue on their Omeprazole will be undertaken at their next planned medication review and the message is not to panic if they are currently taking this drug.  See this link for further information CLICK HERE

press release about our proposed merger with the other GP surgeries in Huntingdon we have received a number of queries from patients.  We have collated these questions into one document which is available here and which we will keep updated as we receive further questions.  Should you have a question about the proposed merger which is not answered by this document please send it to”  

Frequently asked questions about the merger


Acorn Vasectomy Service

We hold a weekly vasectomy clinic, run by our GP Partner, Dr Gysbert Fourie, who is a qualified vasectomist and a member of the British Association of No-Scalpel Vasectomists. 

He is aided by Assistant Practitioner Bev Thwaites and Health Care Assistant Leni Read.  

The no-scalpel  technique is the method of choice as this procedure causes less bruising, bleeding and swelling than the traditional procedure and requires no stitches.

The clinic is run from our modern, bright and fully equipped minor surgery room and patients can expect an excellent service -  before, during and after their operation. 


If you cannot access our patient information leaflet via email please see the attachment below.

NSV Patient Information Leaflet .pdf


If you are interested in this  method of contraception, please make an appointment to see your own GP as patients must be referred to the service by a GP.



Post vasectomy online feedback form

If you have had a vasectomy at Acorn Surgery then please complete our online feedback form. 



Dr Fourie answers your questions on No-Scapel Vasectomy

Gys_finalQ:How can I be sure I want a vasectomy?

Be absolutely sure you don't want to father a child under any circumstances. Talk to your partner, it's essential to make the decision together. Consider other kinds of birth control as well. A vasectomy might not be right for you if you are very young, your current relationship is not stable, you are having the vasectomy just to please your partner, or if you are under a lot of stress.

Q:What is different about a no-scalpel vasectomy?

Non-scalpel vasectomy is different from a conventional vasectomy in the way the doctor gets to the tubes. This makes the procedure much less painful. In a non-scalpel vasectomy, the doctor feels for the tubes under the skin and holds them in place with a small clamp. Instead of making two incisions, the doctor makes one tiny opening with a special instrument so the tubes can be reached. The tubes are then blocked using a cautery method. There is very little bleeding with the no-scalpel technique. No stitches are needed to close the tiny opening, which heals quickly.

Q:Does No-Scalpel vasectomy work?

Yes. It is estimated that after a vasectomy there is less than a 1 in 2,000 chance that a man's partner will become pregnant. We here at the Acorn have a 99.6% success rate since may 2012

 Q:How long will the No-Scalpel vasectomy procedure take?

Your appointment includes a consultation at which we explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.Your partner does not have to attend with you but it may be helpful if she does. On average the procedure takes about 15 minutes but you will have to be at the surgery for about 45 minutes in all. You should bring someone with you to drive you home afterwards.

Q:Will it hurt?

Before your vasectomy you can take a mild sedative that must be prescribed your own GP; to be taken an hour and a half beforehand, to relax you. Most men choose not to have this, however if it is something you feel you would like please make enquiries beofre your appointment date. When the local anaesthetic is injected into the skin of the scrotum, you will feel some discomfort, but as soon as it takes effect, you should feel no pain. Afterwards you may be sore for a couple of days, and you may want to take a mild painkiller. But the discomfort is usually much less with no-scalpel technique, as there is less injury to the tissues. Also, there are no stitches. You will be provided with complete instructions about what to do after surgery.

Q:How soon can I go back to work?

You should take it easy for at least 48 hours after your vasectomy. If your job doesnt involve heavy work, you can then go back. If it does you should take a full week off.

Q:Will I be sterile right away?

No. After a vasectomy, there are always some active sperm remaining. It takes about 20 ejaculations to clear them. You and your partner should use another from of birth control until a sample of your semen has been tested 16 weeks after your operation and confirmed free of sperm. At the time of your appointment we will provide you with a sample pot and information regarding obtaning a post vasectomy semen test. It is very important that you take this test and that you wait for the results before you stop using the other method of birth control.

Q:When can I start having sex again?

After one week, but remember to use some other kind of birth control until you have received the letter to say that you are sterile.



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