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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


Our History

Our Mission Statement Mission Statement.pdf

Back in the late 90's, GP services in Huntingdon were stretched to breaking point following a rapid rise in the town's population. Fortunately Hunts PCG was successful in achieving  Government funding to create a brand new GP practice, appointing Drs Brendan Boyle & Sue Stanton to develop this innovative new service. From its inception, this exciting new Practice was designed to serve the whole Greater Huntingdon area, drawing patients from a roughly 5 mile radius, including for example Brampton, Oldhurst, the Riptons and Godmanchester.

Sophie_Wessex.jpgThe Acorn Surgery, opened its doors to patients in March 2001, based in temporary accommodation adjacent to Huntingdonshire Regional College and over the subsequent 2 years had the unique distinction of becoming the fastest growing GP practice in the history of the NHS! The number of patients on the Practice list is now almost 9,500 and we see our continued steady growth as a huge vote of confidence in our extensive range of patient services. We continue to be one of the highest scoring GP practices in the country in terms of Quality and Outcomes and as voted by our own patients in Government patient satisfaction surveys.

Apart from all the usual GP based clinics we also run our own Vasectomy Service accessible by patients from any GP practice.  We are also able to offer acupuncture and we have a fully qualified specialist nurse prescriber.

All of our GP Partners are accredited GP Trainers, involved in the training & education of the next generation of family doctors - and also Cambridge University medical students.

Conscious of our role in reaching out to the local community, the Acorn Practice Team has been actively involved in a range of initiatives including working with Hinchingbrooke School 6th form students on Health & Social Care applied A level courses to provide guidance and mentorship; collaborating with the District Council's Diversity Team on Unity in the Community events; organising supportive programmes for our Carers Group.

Plaque.jpgDuring the initial five years, the  Acorn Team worked jointly with Hunts District Council to create an inspirational landmark building - The Oaktree Centre. We moved into this state of the art facility in August 2006.  Imagine our delight when in 2007 we were part of the winning entry in a prestigious National Town Planning Award for Community Regeneration and we were elated that in October 2007 HRH Countess of Wessex officially opened our new premises at the Oak Tree Centre.

The Acorn is pleased to have a Practice team that speaks a range of languages to support and provide extended care for our patients.  We are always happy to organise formal translation services for our patients where there is a need.

The Acorn's thriving Patient Participation Group - the Acorn Patient Team - meets monthly to discuss surgery issues and to help support the Practice in the delivery of high quaity services.  The Group's members have a broad range of skills which offers the Practice continuous opportunity to improve and achieve ever higher standards.  We also have a Patient Reference Group, a 'virtual' group of patients with whom we liaise via email. The Practice has also been commended with a National Carers Award.

Our philosophy has always been to respond positively to each individual patient's needs and to work in partnership with other health care professions, underlining our holistic approach to health care. Simply expressed, our mission statement is "We strive to provide the same quality of care we would expect our own families to receive".  For our full Mission Statement, click here. Mission Statement.pdf

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