Surgery looks to build on success as new services are rolled out

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A Sudbury GP surgery is providing more health services than ever as it expands its vaccination and cancer care facilities.

Hardwicke House Group Practice has added a primary care cancer nurse and a number of new vaccines and clinics at its Stour Street premises.

David Cripps, practice manager, said: “We are one of the pilot sites in Suffolk for the primary care cancer nurse.

“They will be a liaison and guide for cancer patients in between treatments because a patient will often have some treatment and then have a gap and feel adrift, lonely and uncertain until their next appointment.”

The practice is the largest in Suffolk and the 19th largest in the UK, with more than 22,500 patients.

The cancer nurse joins two dedicated diabetes nurses, who care for more than 100 patients discharged from hospital since 2008 at their homes and at Hardwicke House.

Monica Horton, a practice nurse at the surgery, said: “It has been very successful and patients love it.”

The surgery has extended its seasonal flu vaccination programme to include all children aged two and three.

The vaccine is administered through a nasal spray at walk-in baby clinics at Hardwicke House on Thursdays between 1pm and 2.30pm and Great Cornard Surgery on Wednesdays between 9.30am and 10.30am.

Other additions include vaccination against shingles for patients aged 70 and 79 years old, rotavirus immunisation for children and whooping cough and flu vaccinations for women more than 28 weeks pregnant.