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.
The 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.
During 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