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Guide to local NHS services available over Easter Bank Holiday


Local residents are being urged to use NHS services wisely and ensure they choose the right service for their illness or injury over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Our practice will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.


There will be a wide range of other local NHS services available during this time including:

  • NHS 111

Open 24/7, 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects patients to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics, and GPs.


They will ask questions to assess the symptoms, and give healthcare advice or direct the caller to a local NHS service. If necessary they can also call an ambulance or direct people straight to A&E. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone

  • GPs

When your GP practice is closed you can access the GP out-of-hours service by calling NHS 111.  The NHS 111 team will assess your condition over the phone and if they think you need to be seen by a health professional, they will refer you to the OOH GP service.

  • Pharmacies

Pharmacies are open across the area during Easter; some are even open on Easter Sunday. Pharmacies can help with a range of things including aches, hangovers, colds, emergency contraception, and non-prescription medication. Opening times for pharmacies can be found HERE or you can call NHS 111.

  • Minor Illness and Injury Units

Minor Illness and Injury Units can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings. Opening hours are as follows:

  • Peterborough MIIU

Monday – Sunday: 8am-8pm

Open seven days a week, including weekends and Bank Holidays (Good Friday and Easter Monday)

  •  Mental Health – 111 option 2

The First Response Service (FRS) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough provides those in mental health crisis with the opportunity to get access to help quickly, by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2*.


The service allows patients or carers to speak to specially-trained mental health staff who can provide advice, support, and signposting to other services. The service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Click HERE for further information. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.


  • Dental emergency and out-of-hours care

If you think you need urgent care, contact your usual dentist as some practices offer emergency dental slots and will provide care if clinically necessary. You can also call NHS 111, who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.

Additional Appointment Availability

We have the opportunity to offer patients additional appointments on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6.30pm-8pm during February and March to alleviate winter pressures in General Practice.

These appointments can be for a telephone or face to face consultation at Alconbury Surgery for patients from both Alconbury & Brampton.

Please phone reception to book an appointment or make an online booking through patient access.

Christmas Closures

Both Alconbury and Brampton Surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Please see our Out Of Hours page HERE for assistance.

Flu Day

Flu day 2017 will be held on Saturday 23rd September 2017 8.30am - 12pm, Please see attached poster Flu day 2017


Lunchtime Closures

The Surgeries will close between 12.30 - 3pm to allow for staff training on the following dates:

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Wednesday 29th November 2017

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Friday 22nd December 2017

Afternoon Closures

The surgery will be closed for the full afternoon to allow for staff training on the following dates:

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Patient Feedback

Patient Feedback

We welcome patient feedback and ask that if you have a positive experience of the Practice that you take the time to leave feedback on the NHS Choices website at


We make every effort to give the best possible service to everyone who attends our Practice.

However we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be resolved as quickly and as amicably as is possible.

If you have any concerns then please contact the Practice Manager in the first instance who will deal with them appropriately. For written information regarding the complaints procedure detailed below please ask at reception.

Alconbury & Brampton Surgeries

Patient Complaints Leaflet

If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know. We operate a practice complaints procedure as part of a NHS system for dealing with complaints. Our complaints system meets national criteria as laid down by the NHS.

How to complain

We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and directly with the person concerned. If your problem cannot be resolved in this way and you wish to make a complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible - ideally within a matter of days or at most a few weeks - because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily. If it is not possible to do this, please let us have details of your complaint:

·             Within 12 months of the incident that is the cause of the problem; or

·             Within 12 months of discovering that you have a problem,

Complaining on behalf of someone else. Please note that we keep strictly to the rules of patient medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we have to be assured that you have his or her permission to do so. A note signed by the patient concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.

What you should do

Complaints should be addressed to the Practice Manager, Melanie Gearing.

Telephone: 01480 890281

Alternatively, you may ask for an appointment with the Practice Manager in order to discuss your concerns. The Practice Manager will explain the complaints procedure to you and will make sure your concerns are dealt with promptly. It will be a great help if you are as specific as possible about your complaint.

Our Commitment to You

We shall acknowledge your complaint within three working days and aim to have looked into your complaint within the time scale agreed with you.  The time taken to investigate your complaint will depend on its complexity and the number of people involved. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting if that is more appropriate. When we look into your complaint, we aim to:

·         Find out what happened and what should have happened.

·         Make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned if this is your wish.

·         Ensure the complaint is resolved to your satisfaction.

·         Make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate.

·         Identify what needs to be done to ensure the problem does not arise again.

   Our Principles are

·         To get it right

·         To be patient focussed

·         To be open and accountable

·         To act fairly and proportionately

·         To put things right

·         To seek continuous improvement


Complaining to NHS England

We hope that, if you have a problem, you will use our practice complaints procedure to ensure it is resolved. We believe this will give us the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and an opportunity to improve our practice. This however does not affect your right to approach NHS England if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us. 

In this instance you should contact:

NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT

Telephone:  0300 311 22 33  Email:

Complaining to the NHS Ombudsman

If your complaint is not resolved by the Practice it can be referred to The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. All records will have to be provided to the Ombudsman to assist with the resolution of your complaint. They can be contacted by;

Telephone:  0345 015 4033 or email: or in writing to: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP or via the website:

The CCG Patient Experience Team

For support and help regarding issues with other NHS organisations, The Patient Experience Team provides

·         Advice and support to patients, their families and carers

·         Information on NHS services

·         Listens to concerns, suggestions or queries

·         Help to sort out problems quickly.

If you would like to talk to someone in the PET, the telephone number for Cambridgeshire is:

0800 279 2535 or email:

Patient Experience Team, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG, Lockton House, Clarendon Road, Cambridge. CB2 8FH


For information and help in making a complaint you can contact POhWER who are and Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) at Unit 26A, E Space North, 181 Wisbech Road, Littleport, Cambs. CB6 1RA. Helpline number is 0845 4561084


    The CQC does not manage individual complaints about GPs and their Services. However you can       find out more about making a complaint from the CQC website:

HEALTHWATCH Cambridgeshire Healthwatch are contactable at:



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