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Barley Surgery, part of Granta Medical Practices
Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine - Granta Medical Practices

Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine

The coronavirus boosters are being given by NHS vaccination centres in our area, and you will be contacted direct when it is your turn to book. The booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine and also helps gives you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?

Booster vaccine doses are available to those most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a second dose of vaccine at least 6 months ago. This includes:

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People who live and work in care homes
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • Carers aged 16 and over
  • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

If you are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups listed above you can also get a booster dose.

If you are a frontline health or social care worker you can book a booster dose appointment online â€" you do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

For further information on coronavirus booster vaccinations please ring NHS 119 or go to

Police Village Rural News - September 2021

Action against hare coursing as seven counties become 'borderless', a warning about leaving car doors unlocked and the local crime news.

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Police Village Rural News - August 2021

Operation Feline returns to tackle catalytic convertor crime, how to protect local heritage sites from thieves, and the local crime news.

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Police Village Rural News - July 2021

Tips for keeping your home safe over summer, local crime news and how to download the OWL app for alerts and advice from the force. 

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Granta Medical Practices - October news

Here at Granta, we are always looking at new ways to connect with our patients and help assist them with their health care journey.

One of the options we are currently considering is a mobile telephone app called Airmid; a patient-facing app designed for patients and GP surgeries alike. From viewing upcoming appointments to video consultations, viewing your medical records and ordering your medication, you can manage all your health care needs in one place. There is also the option of incorporating and tracking your own personal health goals with Apple Health and Google Fit.

Airmid is a simple, secure app which you can log into using your NHS app login or your SystmOnline account. An NHS app login can also be created directly via Airmid.

Over the next few weeks we are planning to trial this mobile app with a number of pre-selected patients to test its suitability.  If you have the NHS app, why not download Airmid and take a look? We would welcome any feedback you may have.

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Beautiful Barley Flower Tower completed after community effort

After months of knitting, crocheting and stiching, the beautiful Barley Flower Tower is complete and St Margaret of Antioch Church is adorned with a colourful display of flowers.  



Barley resident Alison White, who runs the Barley Knitting Group, came up with the idea to keep everyone going through lockdown by busying themselves creating the beautiful blooms to decorate the church, and raise some much-needed funds. 


She encouraged the community to help make flowers for display, originally aiming for 500 to be created. Inspired by her idea, contribrutions were made by community groups including the Barley Tennis Club and Barley Gardening Club, the beavers and cubs, Margaret House care home residents plus individuals living locally and as far away as USA and Australia. 


In June, the 1452 flowers, which took four weeks to be stiched onto netting by a team of 12, were hoisted onto the 15m tall church tower and draped from the windows, with the help of Royston Fire Station.






It is hoped the display will inspire people to make a donation towards the running of the church - and also to help expand its use to the community. Ideally Alison would love to raise ÂŁ10 per flower. 


The church's Rector, Ruth Pyke, told BBC Look East: "The money will be used to maintain the building so it can continue to be a warm, welcoming place for weddings, funerals and Sunday Worship, but beyond that we want it to be a place for the community. We have a vision for disabled access and an area where we can welcome people in for coffee mornings, exhibitions and concerts."







To donate towards the incredible display please visit the Barley Flower Tower Justgiving page, or visit the donation boxes located in Barley Stores, Fox and Hounds pub, Chequers pub or Drayton's Garage.


Visit the Barley Flower Tower Facebook page for more photos, videos and information. 

Police Village Rural News - June 2021

June's rural newsletter includes a warning about a national insurance scam, information on a seat belt campaign running throughout June and an invitation to a local crime prevention event on 26 June 2021. 


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Granta Medical Practices - June news

COVID-19 Vaccinations Update


Have you had your first Covid vaccination yet?  If not, and you are in a cohort between 1 and 6, please contact us as soon as possible to arrange an appointment.


If you fall into one of the cohorts 7 to 12, please ring 119 or go to where you can directly book your first dose appointment at a central vaccination centre.


If you need to book your second dose, NHS England guidelines state that patients should return to the venue where they had their first vaccination, as the second dose will be allocated and sent to that original venue.


As always, if any of the Covid vaccination guidelines change we will let you know via our website and our social media platforms. However, please don’t hesitate to contact us direct if you do not have access to the internet.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and kind words, as well as all the biscuits, chocolates and other lovely treats. The goodwill shown to us whilst we deliver the vaccines means so much to all of us.    



Sandra East, Head of Patient Services

Email: Direct dial: 01223 627743

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Update from Royston & District Community Transport

From Monday 12 April Community Transport should be back to normal - barring last minute Government change of mind of course!


We are once again available for hairdresser and similar appointments, shopping trips, gym, and social visits (as long as they are meeting up outdoors or at a garden centre), BUT we will keep our precautions as before - our rules for one household per car remains, preferably with one person in the back although we are flexible to take carers or allow sitting in a front seat if back seat is too difficult, and of course, don’t forget your face mask.


As usual we will try our best to meet your needs, please ring the office on (01763) 245228 between 9:00am and 3:00pm Monday to Friday.


We look forward to seeing you again…

Barley Surgery, part of Granta Medical Practices
Granta Medical Practices - May news

COVID-19 Vaccinations


We continue to deliver second vaccinations, working in date order, vaccinating patients 11-12 weeks following their first dose.


Current guidelines state that patients have to return to the venue where they had their first vaccination, as the second dose will be allocated and sent to that venue. Should these guidelines change we will, of course, let everyone know.


We appreciate that everyone wants to know when their appointment will be, and we are working as fast as possible to get through our patient lists. Please bear with us as our team continue to work incredibly hard to deliver the vaccine into our community.


COVID-19 Vaccine Safety


The UK vaccination programme has been very successful. At the time of writing, more than 30 million people have been vaccinated and it is estimated that 6,000 lives have already been saved.


There have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. This is being carefully monitored and reviewed.


Information is changing rapidly and we will keep our website as up to date as possible. If you do not have internet access, please feel free to ring us with any questions you may have.


Sandra East, Head of Patient Services

Email: Direct number: 01223 627743.

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Statement from Jerry Carlisle, Chair of Barley Town Council
On behalf of the whole village of Barley we offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 and to her family on the sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh earlier today.
In line with the family’s wishes and to ensure everyone remains Covid safe, we will not be opening a book of condolence.
For the same reason the laying of flowers is discouraged.
The flag will fly at half mast above the church tower until the day after His Royal Highness’ funeral.
J Carlisle
Chair of Barley Parish Council
Barley Church Village Challenge - help knit a flower tower

Could you knit, crochet or sew a flower for the tower?


Big, bold and bright flowers are needed for a spectacular display cascading down Barley Church's tower this summer for a Celebration of the Nations Vaccinations, an event where every family, individual, club, group, society and business can get involved, let's do this together.


Save the date for 5th September for a tea party. 


Please contact Alison White for instructions and knitting patterns, on 01763 848705 or email There is a box available for completed flowers in the Church porch. 




Flower knitting kits can be purchased from Barley Stores for ÂŁ2, including full instructions on how to knit the felt flowers. 



Police Rural Village News - March 2021

Operation Gnome has been launched - find out what it involves - a warning on catalytic convertor thefts and the latest local crime news. 


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Granta Medical Practice - March News

It’s amazing to think that the UK has been in an emergency state for a year.  We are now in our third national lockdown, and everyday life has changed beyond all recognition.


There is, however, a tiny light at the end of this long, dark tunnel and it is shining just a little brighter day by day with the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.


As I write this (08/02/2021), we have vaccinated around 7,000 of our patients in cohorts 1 to 4. We continue to work our way through the priority groups, as instructed by NHS England.


You may be invited by us, or you may receive an NHS England letter inviting you to attend a mass vaccination centre. It is entirely your choice where you would like to go. All vaccinations are all recorded on a national database so please be assured that you will not be missed.


Information about the virus and the vaccine changes daily, sometimes even hourly. To keep completely up to date with the latest guidance it is advisable to look at the Government website and the NHS UK website  If you know of someone who does not have access to a computer and you do, please help them access the latest information.


As always, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me direct on 01223 627743 or


Granta Pharmacy Update - March

Our new Automated Prescriptions Collection Point in Sawston is now open!  You can collect your medicines 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, including weekends and bank holidays. You will need a valid mobile telephone number, to which a unique pin number will be sent when your prescription is ready for collection. It’s a simple as that.


To sign up to this great new service pick up a leaflet from the Sawston dispensing hatch, ring 01223 727530 or email us on 


If you can’t get out to collect your medicines, why not take advantage of our free home delivery service. Please ring 01223 727530 for further information and to sign up.


We look forward to hearing from you.

Police Rural Village News - February 2021

Warning on a new crime involving scammers posing as police officers, and a reminder to dog owners to keep their dogs under control around livestock.


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Granta Medical Practice - February News

COVID-19 Vaccinations


At the time of writing, we are about to embark on the mammoth task of vaccinating our 44,000 patients with the COVID-19 vaccinations. Please be assured that everyone will be vaccinated. 


However, please remember that we have to vaccinate in accordance with Public Health England’s priority list. Details of the priority list can be found on our website or at

Due to the extreme demand for the vaccine around the country we may get deliveries at short notice, which means we may have to contact you at short notice.   


Please note that you will NEVER be asked for payment for a COVID-19 vaccination and any texts, phone calls, or letters requesting payment or bank details should be ignored.


Please continue to keep yourself and our community safe by adhering to national restrictions, social distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene.


We would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding whilst you wait for your vaccine during this unprecedented time.


Sandra East

Granta Communications & Patient Liaison


T. 01223 627743



Census 2021
Census 2021

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society


Households across Barley will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.


The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the

exception of 1941.


It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.


“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said. 


“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”


Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. 


The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.


Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. 


For more information, visit

Police Rural Village News - December

Tips on how to stay safe in the festive season and a warning about Christmas shopping scams.


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New village noticeboard


The old phone box at the top of Smith End Lane has been given a makeover with help from some parish council funding. The classic K6 box dates back to the 1930’s and has been authentically restored using original parts and paint. It now houses a large, free to use community noticeboard, so do pop in if you’re passing.