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Woodborough Carpet Bowls Club

Barry S, Katherine H, David R and Heather W receive their trophies for 2017/18

Woodborough Carpet Bowls Clube meets every Friday evening at 7.20pm in Woodborough Village Hall. We’re a friendly group and certainly not all experts – so why not come along and give it a try?

You’ll get some gentle exercise, enjoy a good social occasion, and meet some new friends.

If you’d like to see what we do, please ring Kate Dobbs on 9652376 for more information – and don’t forget, your first visit is free!

Finally, one of our members, Jean Cave enjoys carpet so much that she sent us this poem:

I’m trying my hand at bowling and want to improve my game,

But all too often my bowl won’t on the carpet remain!

There are players here of all sorts from show offs to the simply demure.

There are players here that sometimes stumble and nearly fall on the floor.

I don’t want to be professional, I don’t want to be the best,

But I do want to play good sometimes so I can strutt and stick out my chest!

It’s not all about the winning, we’re good friends and like to have fun,

And our laughter is always present no matter who has won,

So I’ll keep on playing this bowling frustrating as it often seems,

But for now the only trophies I’ll win will be in bed fast asleep in my dreams.

Jean K Cave

CORE Volunteers Receive Group Civic Award

Sue Matthews, CORE’s Assistant Project manager, together with Jane Walker, Borough Councillor, nominated the organisation’s volunteers for this award, the first given by the Parish Council.  Sue accepted the award on behalf of the volunteers. She said, “Firstly, I applaud the Parish Council for recognising the people who work hard in Calverton to make it a good place in which to live and work. These certificates are an excellent way of thanking people for their service.

The CORE Centre has volunteers from all walks of life and all age groups. Young adults gain skills and self-confidence working in a supportive community environment and go on to secure a job with career prospects or transfer to higher education. We have many examples of these success stories.

Tonight I’d like to say a few words in praise of our older volunteers whose ages range from early 60s, to Beryl Webster, who celebrates her 90th birthday on Saturday and is still working 3 days a week and more sometimes!  The older volunteers are particularly on our minds because we have lost 3 in the last few months.  I must mention Greta Parr, who was our longest serving volunteer, at CORE for 24 years – only hospitalisation would keep her away from her duties.  She died suddenly last month.  Brenda Clarke died last year. She hadn’t lived in the village long but threw herself into community life, becoming a valued CORE volunteer, serving on the surgery patients’ group and attending police neighbourhood meetings.  Lastly, of course, we remember our long standing chairman, Michael Stimson, who made an outstanding contribution to helping the community in many roles. He even served on the Parish Council at one time.

Several of our volunteers have health problems, some debilitating, even life threatening, some have lost their life-long partner. But they bounce back, because they have a positive attitude to life; they are generous with their time and energy to improve the quality of life for others. They actively engage with their community and there is evidence that this is a factor in longevity.  We hear so much about globalisation and the European community but it’s at the local level where most of us can really identify and make our contribution to society. Calverton is extremely fortunate with its voluntary sector, who work quietly in all sorts of ways in the village, such as ladies lifeboats, British Legion, charity shops, children’s playdays just to mention a few.

Calverton is not an affluent village and it has its pockets of deprivation but it can be extremely proud of its social cohesion, remarkably held together after the pit closure, and significantly down to the major part played by voluntary organisations.  They all bring vitality to the community, helping to reduce loneliness and combat isolation and providing services and activities that aren’t otherwise available. CORE’s volunteers, and all volunteers in the village, in whatever capacity, are extraordinary people, making an invaluable difference to the quality of our village life.  They are role models that we should admire, appreciate and emulate.”

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Nottingham Hospitals on the BBC

I am sure many of you, like me, have been watching the excellent ‘Hospital’ (series 3) on BBC 2 in recent weeks. Filmed at Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital in Jan and Feb this year, it very starkly portrayed all that is so precious about the NHS but also what is currently so dreadfully wrong. What was fantastic was the amazing care given to patients locally, not because they could afford to pay for it, but because they needed it. Life-changing, life saving and delivered by doctors, nurses and other staff passionate about the care they are trying to give.

The flip side of course were the dreadful scenes of trolleys stacked up in the emergency department, no beds for patients to go into, important ‘routine’ care postponed due to ‘Winter pressures’ and staff very clearly trying to do their best in a system at breaking point. I know of several of our patients who have had surgery postponed, often prolonging pain or disability, causing great difficulties in planning time off work or after care, and putting extra strain on them and our practice services.

Many of you quite reasonably contact us, or our secretaries, asking whether there is anything we can do to ensure your care is prioritised after such delays. We desperately want to help but of course so many other patients in Nottingham and the surrounding area are in a similar situation, the care needed is important but not quite as urgent as say a patient on a trolley in the emergency department needing a bed which is simply not available. We saw the distorting effect of ‘targets’ which result in care being prioritised not on need but to satisfy political diktat from on high (though the much debated 4 hour target by which 95% of patients are supposed to be seen in the Emergency department, has not been met locally for many years).

Of course there is an impact from all of this on the practice, our patients are discharged more quickly to create bed space, less follow up is provided by the hospital, every letter we receive has to be carefully checked as there may be something that we as GPs are being asked to do – a prescription, follow up tests, a new referral or whatever. Daily our secretaries have to chase up missing letters, test results, appointments etc. – all symptomatic of a service under extreme strain.

Our new duty co-ordinator service is up and running. It has worked well in taking some pressure off the non on-call doctor but there still may be 60+ calls from patients feeling unwell, needing sick notes, with questions about medication etc. On top of that we have prescriptions to issue and check, lab results to review etc. It all does pile up!

So, what can you do? As I have previously said in this column, every little bit helps. The Royal College of GPs has recently launched its ‘3 before GP campaign’. This is encouraging patients to ask themselves 3 simple questions before contacting their GP.

Can I self care? (We would recommend you keep a supply of simple over the counter household remedies to use when needed)

Can I get guidance from a reliable internet source? (NHS choices is recommended as your starting point)

Can I get advice and treatment from a pharmacist? (More and more medicines can initially be obtained and tried over the counter following advice from a pharmacist)

Also, if you have a problem or concern about any aspect of your hospital care, please ring the Patient Advice and Liaison Service before ringing us. They are based in all of our local NHS hospitals and can look into missing appointments, test results or assist if you try a consultant’s secretary and fail to get far.

Phil Rayner

To make you smile…

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