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'Save Our Surgery' January Update

 Primary Care Commissioning committee

The Primary Care Commissioning committee (PCCC) (a sub-committee of the NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group) met on 5 November to make a decision on the Danebridge proposal to close Sandiway Surgery. The Save Our Surgery Residents Action Group produced and presented a second report for that committee.

The PCCC decision was to defer their decision until their next meeting on 4th February at the earliest. The chair of the PCCC has now written to the Practice to confirm next steps and future actions Danebridge have been asked to do the following:

  • Carry out a full assessment of the impact on patients
  • Justify the choice to upscale Kingsmead as opposed to refurbishing Sandiway
  • Find solutions for patients with regard to:
         - meds monitoring, handling repeat paper prescriptions
         - blood tests, samples collection.

The PCC have requested that this work should be done through conversations with local patients. The idea of focus groups has been suggested.

The following Focus Group Meeting dates were issued by Danebridge but these dates will now have to change due to the Vaccination program priorities:





12 noon to 13:15

General discussion, medication issues, repeat prescriptions and Disease modified Anti Rheumatology Drugs (DMARD)


12 noon to 13:15

Sample drop off


12 noon to 13:15

Appointment Booking for Sandiway and Cuddington residents


12 noon to 13:15

Alternative model of care

The PCC were clear that there is still work to do before they can support an application for closure of Sandiway, and have given Danebridge a great opportunity to engage properly with their patients to explain to them the reasons they want to close the surgery, to resolve the issues listed and to reassure their patients that they are not being left to fend for themselves for Primary Care in Cuddington and Sandiway.

Where We Stand:

  1. It is very clear now that Danebridge do not want to keep Sandiway Surgery, regardless of our views, but expect to retain the patients.
  2. The only way a surgery will be maintained in Sandiway is if the CCG refuse to allow its closure and then take on the responsibility to find a practice willing to take on the surgery building.
  3. With that in mind the Save Our Surgery Action Group has met with our MP Edward Timpson who has written directly to the NHS North West and has also agreed to write the Cheshire CCG and also to the Government Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care.

What Patients Need to do:

  1. If you are a patient at Danebridge and have been invited to take part in a focus group discussion then please do.
  2. If you are a patient and have not been invited to a focus group but would like to take part and give your view then please contact: Amanda Skelding-Jones, Business Manager by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. If you support the idea of finding another practice to operate the Sandiway surgery then please contact the Action Group to indicate at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The report prepared on behalf of patients for the Primary Care Commissioning committee can be read here:
  Part One: The Report - September 2020
  Part Two: Supporting Reference Information
and the presentation given by the Action Group at the committee meeting can be viewed here:
  PCC Presentation

Following the Government's recommendations in March relating to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, a large number of events, classes, etc have either been cancelled or postponed.

The events which have been brought to our attention are:

Cuddington and Sandiway GALA DAY in June was CANCELLED

All PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS are cancelled with immediate effect - to be reviewed in early June

  • the parish council have announced that their meetings can restart in July and held their statutory meeting on 13th July 2020 in the Village main hall

The VILLAGE HALL is closed with immediate effect - the Hall will be reopened as soon as government guidelines suggest it is safe to do so

  • the Village Hall reopened from Monday 6th July but under very strict guidelines and with only the main hall in use
  • children’s play areas at Boundary Lane Green and Norley Road re-opened on 4th July 2020, as per our government’s advice - notices will be displayed advising the public of the necessary two metre social distancing (see July 'Newsroom' for further guidance)

SANDIWAY SURGERY has been temporarily closed from 1pm on 24 March - it will reopen "once things have settled"

  • With effect from Monday 7 September 2020, Danebridge Medical Practice will be re-opening Sandiway Surgery, which will become the Practice’s designated location for patients in the Extremely Vulnerable Group, formerly known as "Shielded". The surgery will open from 8.30am – 1.00pm Monday – Friday and will be operated by a Doctor and a Patient Services Co-ordinator.
  • Sandiway Surgery will be a 'closed location'. Patients will only be able to attend, if in the Extremely Vulnerable Group and through an invitation from a clinician.

All regular group activities and events at SANDIWAY LIBRARY are suspended until further notice
     - indeed, since 20 March Sandiway Library has been CLOSED
     - this includes all PCSO (Police) Surgeries normally held in the library

  • Sandiway library reopened on 10 August, albeit with reduced opening times and some services (PRESS HERE for more details)

ST JOHN'S CHURCH will not be open for services, for midweek worship or for our regular Saturday morning open church and other activities. "In the light of government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. We will continue to pray for our community and strive to be good neighbours, but we are still working out the practicalities of this. We will update our Facebook Page and website with resources to use at home, as soon as possible."

  • St Johns has restarted certain weekend services - PRESS HERE for more details from the St John's website.

All Tuesday morning activities at Sandiway Methodist Church cancelled until further notice

The Ark Cafe, Arts in the Ark and JIMS in the Church Hall are cancelled until further notice
[The Ark Cafe will be trialling a sandwich takeaway service on Fridays in April to those people who fall into a high risk category and are self-isolating at home: please call 07955-600570 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]

Blakemere Village Tourist Attraction has closed from 21 March until further notice. There are two shop exceptions to this on site, both Ginger & Browns and Cheshire Aquatics are both continuing to trade as they are supplying essential food products to the pet market. The Village Restaurant & Coffee Bar remains closed to the public but are offering a delivery service for meals as well essential food boxes - click their link to get in contact and for more details. Oakmere Children’s Nursery are also still open for key workers children to attend, again contact them direct via the link for clarification on whether this applies to your family.

  • Blakemere Village shops have started to reopen - PRESS HERE for more information
  • The Village Restaurant & Coffee Bar is reopening from 4 July with tables adhering to the social distancing rules

Delamere Park has cancelled all group activities/meetings in their Clubhouse

All the Music Train events during April and May

Cuddington & Sandiway and Round Tower Women's Institute have cancelled their meetings due to be held in April and May

All British Legion meetings are cancelled until further notice

Cuddington and Sandiway Community Singers who normally meet each Friday evening at Cuddington Primary

Afternoon Teas at the Village Hall normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month

St John's Toddler Group is 'closed for the foreseeable future'

Northwich Leg Club which normally meets every Thursday afternoon at The Lighthouse in Weaverham

Danebridge Patient Participation Group (PPG)

The local Parish is covered by a number of GP Practices based in Northwich, Weaverham and Frodsham.  The most popular, and the only one with a local Surgery (on Weaverham Road, Sandiway), is Danebridge Medical Centre. This page refers only to the Danebridge Patient Participation Group (PPG) - other GP Practices will have their own PPG groups and should be reached through their websites / offices.

The PPG, sometimes also known as the PRG (Patient Reference Group), continue to work with the Practice for the Practice. The PPG is a committee of voluntary patients who support the work of the practice – this unique partnership between patients and their practices is essential to achieving high quality and responsive care. The Danebridge committee meet monthly along with practice representatives to discuss matters arising and to discuss on-going suggested improvements within the practice. From 1 April 2015, it has been a requirement in the GP Contract for all practices to have a PPG.

The role of the PPG includes:

  • Being a critical friend to the practice;
  • Advising the practice on the patient perspective and providing insight into the responsiveness and quality of services;
  • Encouraging patients to take greater responsibility for their own and their family’s health;
  • Carrying out research into the views of those who use the practice;
  • Organising health promotion events and improving health literacy;
  • Regular communication with the patient population.

The PPG would welcome any views and/or concerns you may have, but they must be about general issues. You can address any mail to Danebridge PPG, c/o Danebridge Medical Centre (see or email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also drop a note in at any of the three reception desks. The PPG would love to hear your views and concerns, but they must be about general issues - the PPG cannot cover personal matters. Please take up any personal issues directly with the surgery.

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The PPG contains over a dozen volunteers, and a number of them live in our local Parish:
     Russell Smith (Webmaster of this website), Sheila Bowker, Les James.

Should you wish to discuss any relevant topic with one of these local PPG members, please send a message to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (listed on the “Contact Us” page) and somebody will call you.

Minutes of the PPG meetings are listed here: and other information here:



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