On 30th May we were delighted to welcome our Member of Parliament and Honorary Patron of The CORE Centre, Mark Spencer, to our premises in St Wilfrid’s Square to formally open our toilet refurbishment including new flooring and decoration on our stairs and upper floor. Boyd Elliot, Nottinghamshire County and Gedling Borough Councillor and Jane Walker, Gedling Borough Councillor, accompanied Mark on his visit.
They were interested to see both our card craft and patchwork workshops in action and chatted to some of our learners, volunteers, trustees and staff over a glass of buck’s fizz and light refreshments. Mark duly cut the ribbon to declare our toilets open. The old toilets were over 50 years old and have now been redesigned into two unisex toilets including one suitable for disabled persons. This has allowed us to utilise the remaining space into a new room for one-to-one interviews and cupboards for much needed storage areas.
The alterations are benefiting all customers, staff and volunteers and making The CORE Centre a more enjoyable place to visit. .
Mark Spencer MP formally opens the refurbished facilities at CORE (is he flushed with success?)
Mark Spencer MP with the CORE card making group
The Calverton Practice Newsletter
Helping Us to Help You
Regular users of NHS services will know how much pressure they are under. Our government has pledged more money which is welcome, but will it be enough or will it simply plug existing gaps? Of course only time will tell however in the meantime there are some things you can do to help us to help you.
Firstly, and as mentioned previously, do you really need a GP or Practice nurse appointment? Many questions asked or advice given could have been obtained on-line (NHS Choices is a fantastic resource I often use) or simply by asking a local pharmacist. Many initial treatment options are available as over the counter medicines and a pharmacist will soon advise you if you need more expert input. In the evening and at weekends, if the above sources of help aren’t enough, ringing 111 feeds you into the out of hours system and while by no means perfect, it is there for you to use. The A&E or Emergency Department should only be for genuine emergencies or if you are told to go there by 111. It is not a place to go for a second opinion, general advice or because the wait for 111 to ring back seems inconveniently long. Finally there is also the Walk in Centre by the BBC studios in town, open 7am to 9pm seven days a week and manned by experienced nurses and other health professionals. They are perfect for more minor injuries, sprains which you think might need an X-ray, or if you work in town, feel unwell and need a health assessment but are unable to attend the surgery during our working hours. They do not however deal with children under 2 so 111 is a better option for that age group if advice is needed when we are closed.
Next the issue of missed and last minute cancellations of appointments which can then not be used by other patients. It is very frustrating, particularly at a time where we are short of both GP and other appointments, to see them go to waste. Some, particularly Physiotherapy and Practice Nurse appointments can be for up to half an hour and they are rarely filled at the last minute if cancelled or missed. Please could we therefore ask all of our patients to give as much notice as possible when cancelling an appointment. Our receptionists have advised me just this week of late cancellations and non attendance wasting a half hour Physiotherapy appointment and a 15 minute Practice Nurse appointment – these are scarce NHS resources now gone.
Also, do you know someone living in our catchment area of Calverton, Woodborough, Oxton, Epperstone and Lambley not registered with a GP? We know that many of our younger and particularly male population very rarely consult a GP. They may have recently moved into the area and not thought to register yet but these are the patients we desperately need at the practice. They boost our practice patient list size and thereby generate much needed income and resources for the practice as a whole. With more patients we can employ more doctors, nurses and other staff and this enables greater accessibility for those of the practice who see us more often. By working together we can improve the service on offer from The Calverton Surgery which is good for us and good for you also. So, please ask on our behalf and if you do find someone in our practice area who needs a local GP surgery, send them our way. In Calverton of course we are the only practice so it is particularly important that families moving into the new houses and developments springing up register at the surgery as soon as possible. Many thanks for your help!
Finally we welcome this month a couple of new faces, Dr Narmeen Khan is a young doctor finishing her training as a GP, she will be with us for the next 10 months. Similarly with the departure of Practice nurse Shirley Wragg, we welcome her replacement Joanna Balchin.
Nottinghamshire Police are on the hunt for more men and women to join the Force as volunteer police officers – known as Special Constables.
Special Constables are fully trained and warranted officers who perform the same duties, wear the same uniform and have the same powers in law as their full-time ‘regular’ counterparts.
In Nottinghamshire, Specials perform a wide range of duties including forming part of dedicated Neighbourhood and Response Teams, as well as forming part of specialist teams which include Public Protection, Rural and Wildlife Crime, Operational Support, Corporate Communication, Operational Planning and more…
Specials come from all walks of life and bring with them an array of skills and experiences which complement those of the Force’s full-time workforce.
The Force is hoping to receive applications from those who want to give something back to their community whilst enjoying the role of a Special Constable alongside their existing careers.
If you’re wanting to establish a challenging and rewarding chapter in your life, or if you’re retired and want to simply give something back, there’s not been a better time than now to consider singing up as a Special Constable.
If you know a colleague, family member or friend who’d make a good Special Constable, please do encourage them to apply!