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Planning Application - Parish Council Meeting January 11th, 8pm, Guildhall

Thaxted Parish Council is meeting to consider our planning application on January 11th.  This is a public meeting, and patients would be very welcome to attend. 

 Letter from the surgery Plans

Thank you - for the many Christmas gifts to doctors and staff.  Our hardworking team hugely value these tokens of your appreciation.  

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Have your say on our Planning Application 

Thaxted Surgery has submitted a planning application for an extension over our car park. We would like our patients to take the opportunity to express their views.

The extension is funded from a grant provided by NHS England, which we’ve fought very hard to secure, and which has to be spent before March 2019.  As a practice, we feel that this grant presents a once in a generation opportunity to secure a future for primary care health services in Thaxted.  We are lucky to have got it, given that NHS strategy is fast moving in favour of health care provision in larger hubs provided by federations of GP practices.  Without our extension, the risk is that Thaxted surgery will evolve into a branch surgery with reduced services and reduced opening times, and it will be increasingly difficult to attract the best clinicians to work here.  

That said, we recognise the heritage of Thaxted and that new building is often unwelcome to residents.  We have to work within technical specifications and financial restraints provided by the NHS, but we have also tried to make the building fit the local vernacular, and the designs have evolved to try and reduce the bulk of the extension by refurbishing the existing building, by wrapping the extension around the existing building, and by creating a basement. 

We are also, of course, losing 10 of our 12 parking spaces.  That, alongside growth that we are already experiencing in patient numbers, may put pressure on the public car park.  Our planning application does include a survey of parking showing some capacity still in the public parking.  Nevertheless, we appreciate concerns about parking and we are very much in discussion with local institutions and businesses to find alternative parking for staff.

We recognise that different individuals will be impacted differently and have different views.  However, we want to find the right solution for Thaxted, and we would strongly encourage you to express your views. This is your chance to support your local surgery and make a difference to the future of health care for you and your future generations.   Please e-mail comments, whether positive or negative, either to the parish council at or directly to the planners via, ref UTT/17/3412/FUL.

The designs can be viewedhere or on the Uttlesford database.  You are also very welcome to make an appointment to see the practice manager, Sara Carruthers to discuss the application and to see the 3D computer model representation.

Thaxted Surgery joins My Care Record 

My Care Record is a local NHS programme to share patient medical records between local health care providers for the purpose of direct patient care.  For example, an A&E doctor can access the GP record of a patient, with that patient's consent, in A&E.

My Care Record has been live in Princess Alexandra hospital Harlow for around 6 months and Addenbrookes will pilot My Care Record from Autumn 2017. Thaxted Surgery, in consultation with our patient participation group, has decided to join My Care Record at the same time as Addenbrookes. 

Patients must be asked for their consent every time their record is accessed.  However, individual patients can also opt out entirely, in which case their record will never be available for access. 

Patients who have previously opted out of Summary Care Records will be assumed to have opted out of all forms of data sharing, including My Care Record, and the National Diabetes Audit (see below), unless you let us know that you now want to opt in.     

Thaxted Surgery participates in the National Diabetes Audit 

Thaxted surgery participates in the National Diabetes Audit, an important and valuable ongoing research project.  This involves sharing anonymous patient.  If you would like more information, or to opt out, please let us know. 

Evening and Weekend Appointments in Saffron Walden Community Hospital

There are now GP and nurse surgeries in Saffron Walden Community Hospital and Dunmow clinic at weekends and in the evenings.  These are in addition to our own Saturday surgeries, and can be booked through the surgery.   A GP will see you, and with your consent, will have access to your medical records.  Call us in Thaxted if you would like to make an appointment.  For more details:

On-line Access to Medical Records

We are able to offer on-line access to information from your medical record about medication, immunisations, allergies and documents.  See our policy on our home page.

All patients now have a named GP

All patients now have a named GP. While, in practical terms, patients will still need to see other GPs depending on availability at the time, the named GP will have oversight of any on-going and longer-term health issues and plans, and should be requested for pre-booked appointments.

Currently, patients have been allocated to GPs on the basis of who they have tended to see in the past. The surgery is happy to alter this on request.

Friends and Family Test

We always welcome your feedback and suggestions.   Please fill out our friends and family forms available on line or in our waiting room. OR use our suggestions box. OR call the practice manager and talk!  

Our policy is to avoid antibiotics for minor infections

Most coughs, sore throats & ear aches get better without antibiotics. Antibiotics make little difference, and the more we use them, the more resistance.






4 days

  • Have plenty of rest.
  • Drink enough fluids to avoid feeling thirsty.
  • Fever is a sign the body is fighting the infection and usually gets better by itself. Use paracetamol or ibuprofen if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever.


Sore throat

7 days


Common Cold

10 days         



18 days


Cough/ bronchitis

21 days

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