The Calverton Practice Newsletter
Keeping Fit and Active
This month’s newsletter focuses on the importance of keeping fit and active. Recently the practice has signed up to a Royal College of GPs initiative to link GP surgeries with an organisation called parkrun. This started 14 years ago as a group of friends meeting for a 5km run one Saturday morning and has grown to events across the UK and even around the world. Whilst it is a timed event, the emphasis is on participation and walking the course is just fine (or even just going to watch or volunteer). Parkrun is not just for super fit lycra wearing athletes and in fact their emphasis increasingly is on reaching out to those who are not particularly fit and active, but just want to get involved in some regular outdoor activity (all proven to improve not only physical health but also emotional well being). Indeed the parkrun organisation is particularly proud of the fact that their average run time is increasing as more less athletic people get involved which is exactly what they want. Our local run is in Gedling, here are all the details you need, why not give it a go?!
What is Gedling Parkrun? It is a 5km run every Saturday at 9am
Where is it? The event takes place in Gedling Country Park, Spring Lane, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG4 4PE.
What does it cost to join in? Nothing – it’s free! but register before your first run. You only ever register with parkrun once and simply bring a copy of your barcode when you attend.
How fast do I have to be? We all walk or run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace or why not act as a volunteer? Gedling parkrun needs you. It is entirely organised by volunteers – email email@example.com to help.
We’re friendly. Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Willowbrook, 13 Main Road, Gedling, Nottingham, NG4 3HQ – please come and join in!
For more information check out their website – www.parkrun.org.uk/gedling
Other initiatives to be aware of are ‘Couch to 5K’ – www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k for those of you not currently doing very much exercise at all and may need a little help getting started. Additionally one of our patient participation group volunteers, Mrs Pat Bosworth, has reminded me that there are organised walks in Calverton every week, exercise equipment now available at the village parks and even local tennis courts which can be used. More information on all of this from the Core centre on the village square or ask one of the local parish councillors
Also a plug for the local programme of chair based exercise which has been shown to improve core stability and reduce the risk of falls for our less mobile patients. This is particularly aimed at our over 60’s who have tripped or fallen in the last year with both standing and seated exercises, an opportunity to socialise while keeping active and enjoying yourself. It is held at Calverton Village Hall on a Friday afternoon. Advance booking is required – ring 0115 9194878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Finally our building work is progressing but our lift is going to be out of action for the next few weeks while reception is refurbished. If you normally use our lift when visiting the surgery for an appointment please tell reception so that we can ensure you are seen downstairs. Normal service should be resumed very soon (hopefully builders out by Xmas!).
Watch Out For Mattresses Being Sold Door-To-Door
Trading Standards has received reports of uninvited callers going door to door offering mattresses for sale across Nottinghamshire.
These are marketed as being luxury mattresses offered at a “bargain” price. In reality they are cheap mattresses of poor quality. We also have concerns that they may not meet fire safety standards.
Trading Standards strongly advise residents never to buy at the door from a ‘cold caller’.
If you are approached at your door by anyone offering mattresses for sale, or are suspicious about any doorstep caller, please report this to us via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 04 05 06. You may also call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service for advice on goods which you are looking to purchase.
Know Who You’re Talking To!
Trading Standards have received reports of people claiming to work for National Trading Standards visiting people who have had previous issues with building work and claiming to need money to take the traders to court. One gentleman paid £5,000 after having paid out £67,000 for shoddy building work three years ago.
Trading Standards will not ask for money to investigate traders or take them to court and the National Trading Standards Team do not take prosecutions directly. All Trading Standards Officers carry ID and are happy to show this to you. If anyone asks for money to take someone to court, do not pay them and report them to Citizens Advice Helpline on 03454 040506 immediately.