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Burwell Community Kitchen Project

We are excited to announce the Burwell Community Kitchen Project launching in the village this month! This consists of 4 free sessions over 4 weeks where you will be able to learn new skills to take home to use on family meals! Please see the poster for more information and contact details if interested!

Burwell Community Kitchen Project

Burwell Surgery Update 18th April 2022

Please see below the latest update from Dr Manning:

Burwell Surgery update 18th April 2022


Burwell surgery update 9th January 2022

Firstly a happy to new year to you all from all of us here in Burwell Surgery!

Local Covid situation

Covid 19 cases in patients registered in Burwell Surgery:

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Up to 7th Jan-22



As of Friday 7th January Addenbrookes were treating 62 patients who are confirmed positive with Covid-19, 9 of which were in critical care. There has been a significant increase from the 30-40 inpatients for most of the last few months. I hear that most of the admissions still relate to infections with the Delta (rather than omicron) variant and >80% of those admitted are unvaccinated.

The current expectation is that the peak of the Omicron variant numbers of infections may be in the middle of January with the peak of admissions towards the end of January. Whilst there remain significant strains in the system, fortunately there have not (as yet) been the large numbers of staff off work with infection or isolating, that have caused the critical incidents seen in parts of the NHS in other areas of the country.

There are definitely more infections being recorded now than at any time in the past. I am sure that many of you will have friends or family who are or have recently been infected with Covid 19. It does seem that the risk of admission is much lower (I was reading 2.5% risk rather than 10% with Delta). But of course the worry is with the large number of cases this may still result in large numbers of admissions (especially with the effects of Christmas mixing and schools now going back).

I would say that most people seem to be able to manage their isolation periods at home and I would not say that it feels like we have had a lot of Covid 19 calls to the surgery considering the case numbers.



Booster vaccination programme

In the last 2 weeks of December, in response the direct request from the Prime Minister, we participated in major NHS programme to offer booster doses to all eligible people prior to 31st December 2021. This meant in addition to providing staff to support the vaccination centres in Soham and Ely, we ran all day vaccinations from the Surgery most days during this time.

The current vaccination statistics across practices in our Ely network of practices are:

  • 86.1%    First dose completed
  • 80.1%    Second dose completed
  • 72.6%    Booster dose completed (national average =  59.6%)

We succeeded offering every eligible patient a vaccination by this date, so the vaccination programme is now ‘scaled back’  - continuing to offer eligible patients further doses.

New eligible cohorts (such as ‘at risk’ 5-12 year olds) will be offered an appointment soon.

There are currently clinics every 2 weeks or so in Ely and we will be offering some sessions from the surgery depending on the demand. I am sure that there will be a need for everyone to have further vaccination doses but the timing of this will depend on the guidance from the JCVI (hopefully not until next autumn….).

Long Covid

We are continuing to have patients present with symptoms that can drag on following infection with Covid 19. The NHS categorises these as:

  • Acute Covid 19 infection – symptoms within 4 weeks of diagnosis
  • Ongoing symptoms – symptoms from 4-12 weeks
  • Post Covid-19 syndrome – symptoms ongoing after 12 weeks (what most people would call ‘Long Covid’)

If you have concerns that you have troublesome ongoing symptoms following a Covid infection please have a look at   

Please do contact us of you wish to discuss your symptoms. It is worth remembering that quite a few viral infections can cause prolonged symptoms other than Covid-19. We sometimes would consider running appropriate tests to exclude other causes of your symptoms and are happy to advise as to which NHS (or other service) might be best placed to support your management if necessary.

Other Covid related issues

We are having lots of requests relating to travel – evidence of vaccination or ‘recovery from Covid 19 infection’.

We do understand the challenges people face dealing with a changing system and the bureaucracy. Our general position is that as far as possible we would prefer not to be involved. Most vaccination evidence should be available through national systems like the NHS app or by calling 119. As regards recovery we have usually not got much to add to the national guidance regarding isolation following a Covid 19 infection.


Local NHS services

We have not been asked to change our referral processes to the local NHS secondary care services but significant delays remain.

There is now a new helpline created by the local NHS system that you can use to chase up an outstanding hospital appointment, investigation, surgical procedure or hospital follow up. It will help us if you could use this number rather than calling the surgery for this particular situation - but we are still happy to help if you are still struggling having tried this service.


The NHS system prioritises appointments based on clinical need. It is best only call the number if your condition has deteriorated or if you feel that your situation may not have appropriately been considered when you have received your appointment. The Patient Helpdesk number is 0800 048 5800.   This is a freephone number and you will not be charged for the call. Your case will then be reviewed by one of the clinical team and appropriate action taken


At the surgery

There are lots of coughs and colds around at the moment. Please remember that Omicron symptoms are often milder and harder to pick up  -  please test yourself for Covid-19 if you are in doubt.

Also a cough following an upper respiratory infection typically lasts 21 days (sometimes much longer). General advice can be found on . We are happy to assess and advise but please bear in mind coughs last longer than you might think, and it is a helpful starting point to our conversation if you have done a negative PCR test (which are more accurate than a lateral flow and are required if you are symptomatic).


Best wishes to you all.

Dr Alex Manning



Burwell Surgery has teamed up with the Milton Country Park Parkrun in Cambridge: 

and the Parkrun in Bury St Edmunds: 

to help promote a healthier lifestyle for our patients.

Parkruns are free to enter, well-organised events that take place every Saturday and Sunday morning at 9.00 am.

Parkrun is a great way of getting out in the fresh air. You can run, jog, walk or simply get involved by volunteering to help run the events. Dogs and children are welcome.

To watch a video of why we have teamed up with Parkrun, 

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