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Response to article in May edition of Stanton Steamer regarding pharmacy application

Stanton Surgery Pharmacy Application - The Facts

Stanton Surgery’s Pharmacy Application – the Facts

The practice would like to correct some inaccurate statements made in this month’s Stanton Steamer by stating the following facts:

• The practice has made an application to open a pharmacy

• The purpose of making this application is to protect the dispensing service at Stanton Surgery from compulsorily having to cease if a corporate pharmacy chain or independent pharmacy makes a successful application to open in the village

• If the application is successful, patients of Ixworth, Botesdale and Woolpit surgeries who live in Stanton will still be able to obtain their medication from their own practice

• This is because all three of the other surgeries have already made successful applications to run their own pharmacies from their own premises

• If the application is successful, patients will not notice any change in the way their medication is dispensed from the surgery

• If the application is unsuccessful, dispensing services at Stanton Surgery will be protected from corporate or independent pharmacies opening for the next five years

Prescription Delivery Service Launch

Our new prescription delivery service from the Stanton surgery for all registered patients has been launched. We are able to deliver to collection points at the post office in Hopton, Barningham and Garboldisham. If you feel that you may be eligible for this service our Dispensary staff will be able to advise you - 01359 253701

Flu vaccinations

Book your flu vaccination now - appointments available on-line and at reception

Improvements to our online access facility

Check out the Online Services section for details!


Vacancies at the practice can be found HERE


Our Practice is committed to develop the delivery of better care to our patients utilising the Information Technology developed through and under the direction of NHS England. We currently use Summary Care Record, GP2GP Transfer and Patient Access Online for appointments, repeat medication requests and viewable summary care record. The Practice is committed to include detailed coded information as part of the Patient Access Online facility by 31st March 2016.


Hospice Neighbours

Will you be a good neighbour?

St Nicholas Hospice is launching a special and innovative project called Hospice Neighbours.  The scheme is a volunteer led initiative that provides practical support to people (and their families) who are coming to the end of their lives.  This can include picking up prescriptions, taking the dog for a walk, doing the shopping or simply providing companionship.

 Families located all over the catchment area of West Suffolk will be able to benefit from the scheme which is currently being piloted in Haverhill and Stanton.  Our teams have been trained and CRB checked and are ready and willing to give people a hand.  As a community based scheme, the Hospice will be working in partnership with organisations to help raise awareness and to benefit from each other’s expertise.

If you would like any further information, either from a volunteering perspective or because you would like to know how to request help from a Hospice Neighbour, please contact Kay Newman, Hospice Neighbours Coordinator on 01284 719638 or email

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