News – Page 5

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Nearly There

Recent visitors to the surgery will I am sure have noticed quite a change to the practice building. Our extension is now open for business but there is still considerable disruption while changes are made to our reception area. The final phase, which will probably now be after Christmas, involves re-wiring and improving our remaining consulting rooms upstairs and then we are done! Thank you to all those of you who have put up with the  inconvenience of the building work. At times things have been rather dusty and noisy but we do feel the end is now in sight and hopefully you would agree the changes are well worth while. We feel we are now well placed to cope with the expected population growth of Calverton and surrounding villages, we also hope that our improved facilities my enable us to offer more services locally in the future. Great credit must also go to our stoical practice staff who have had to put up with the same dust and noise mentioned earlier, considerable upheaval and at times the inevitable IT glitches. We are very lucky to have such an amazing team at Calverton and I am sure you will join me in thanking them for all that they do on the practice’s behalf.

Next, I feel it is helpful if I repeat some top tips given previously on keeping warm through the Winter months. As always the NHS choices website has lots of information but as a summary,  here are a few key pointers  to keep you, your family and those around you warm and well in extremely cold weather:-

  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter. 
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer). 
  • Keep as active in your home as possible.
  • Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days.
  • If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. It’s a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can and make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm. During the day, you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
  • If you’re under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C if you’re comfortable.

Also a reminder to all of you eligible for a flu jab to get booked in if you haven’t already done so, we would particularly like to see our younger eligible patients this year so if you are pregnant or have asthma or diabetes please ensure you have your  jab at the practice this Autumn. 

Next a reminder that Nottinghamshire CCG’s have confirmed their intention to reduce prescriptions county wide for items available over the counter. As of this month gluten free products will no longer be prescribed by local practices (as they are now freely and cheaply available in stores), similarly in the coming months we will be asked to review  hay fever treatments, simple painkillers and other items now similarly easily obtained directly from a pharmacist or supermarket.

Finally, at this time of year, we are extremely grateful for the many gifts of mince pies, chocolates and biscuits that come in from our patients and we particularly enjoy the cards of appreciation which often accompany them. Every one received gives the staff a real lift and makes a difference, so thank you for your kindness. It remains for me to offer best wishes for the festive period.

Phil Rayner

Click above to see our video report

When You Wish Upon a Star Comes to Woodborough

On Wednesday 21st November, the local charity “When You Wish Upon a Star” held their special valuation day in conjunction with Hansons Auctioneers & Valuers.

TV star Charles Hanson was to have been the speaker at the event, but had to cancel due to a last minute medical problem. – Two of his senior valuers stood in to great effect, entertaining the large audience and valuing many priceless(?) possessions.

The Oak Tree Chorus provided a musical background to the event, and Woodborough WI supplied tea and excellent cakes.

Click the image above to see a video of the event.

Why not visit the charity’s website at

The tales of the Arabian Nights come to Burton Joyce in January with this year’s panto


Our hero, Ali Baba has fallen for the Sultan’s daughter and determines to impress her by retrieving the Great Scimitar of State stolen by the evil Mustapha Lot and his hapless band of thieves.

Ali has Salina, the resourceful slave girl, a Genie, a camel with integral SatNav, and, of course, his mother to call on, but what he really needs is an audience to help him win through!  Details of tickets to follow shortly (see next month’s Woodborough Web).

Be Wary of Spoof Calls

Nottingham Police recently received a call from someone saying they’d received a scam call from a person claiming to be from HMRC (tax office). The victim was instantly suspicious and ended the call.
When they googled the number (0115 9670999) it came back as Nottinghamshire Police.
This is a common tactic used by fraudsters where they falsify information displayed on caller ID systems, tricking people in believing they’re receiving a call from someone they know, a bank, HMRC or even the police.
Always be wary about what the caller is asking of you. Never give out personal details, security information or bank details out over the telephone unless you’re 100{79dd88a11c2898f205c33fee2d98b2a9a1692b7a34511028c8a3dc2041659f3c} sure that the person is legitimate.
If you’re not sure, tell them you will phone them back on the number that you know to be a genuine number for the organisation, not the one they provide.
If you receive a suspicious call, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.


Cold Callers Active In Nottinghamshire

We have had reports of two men going door to door advising people of issues with their roofs and offering to fix them. When they are on the roof, they find other problems and the costs escalate. 
Trading Standards never recommend employing a trader based on a cold call.
If you are considering having work carried out on your property or garden make sure that you get three quotes from reputable traders. To find local traders who have been approved by Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards please visit