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The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Season's Greetings

With the news that the Calverton Echo is finishing production after the December edition, this seems an opportune moment to re-think the practice newsletter. Initially it was done by Dr Challen and I took over on her retirement from the practice. Over the years I think it has proved a useful way of telling our patients about new services and initiatives, explaining why some things are as they are, sharing with you my concerns about many aspects of the health service and also keeping you informed of staff changes. In recent years the newsletter has also been posted on The Woodborough Web and a copy goes onto our website. My impression from feedback is that it is the Echo where most of our patients access it and I have had many encouraging letters suggesting it has been useful. It does though take time to think of topics of interest and then sit down and put it together and until we know what if anything replaces the Echo, I will probably have a pause from writing it formally every month. We will continue to have a 'News' section on our practice website informing you of changes to services and staff. Also we will aim to be more proactive in signposting to services I would formally have written about. We will continue to post something on the Woodborough Web though it will be scaled down from this current format. If any readers have other thoughts or suggestions I would be delighted to hear about them.

So, on to other news. Here in the practice it feels like calm has descended on completion of our refurbishment works. I hope you agree that the new rooms are very smart and Dr's Wight and Sherwood plus Practice Nurses Wragg and Sampey seem pleased with their change in environment. We do however see this as phase 1 of a 2 phase project. Planning has been submitted to extend and add a second story to the new rooms. This will then allow us to reconfigure the reception area and improve the downstairs waiting room. We are also well aware that some parts of the building need a lick of paint and some repairs which would all be done as part of this project. Recently we have received a very generous bequest from an ex patient and we aim to put this towards making the surgery a more pleasant place for you to visit. Needless to say we are extremely grateful for such donations and also appreciate the funds often donated following the death of a patient of the practice. Whether the sum is large or small it always makes a big difference and we are always careful to ensure that such monies are ring fenced and used to the benefit of our patients. At this time of year we are also extremely grateful for the gifts of mince pies, chocolates and biscuits that come in and for the cards of appreciation which often accompany them. Every one recieved gives the staff a real lift and makes a difference so thank you once again.

Of course this time of year can also be stressful and I would like to tell you about a research project currently underway locally. It's called 'REBOOT' and is running to the end of this year so you will need to be quick to take part. It is looking at the use of on-line support websites and could be helpful for anyone experiencing current symptoms of anxiety or low mood. You need to be over 16 to take part and more information is available on or email

Next a big thank you to Pat Bosworth and colleagues for tidying up the area in front of the practice, clinic and public toilets. It's made a big difference! Also a big thank you to Dorothy Keig for her sterling efforts in putting out the Echo each month, I am sure we will all miss it in the New Year. And finally it remains for me to with you all, on behalf of everyone at the Surgery a happy festive period and prosperous New Year.                                                                                                               

Phil Rayner.

Woodborough Ladies

Woodborough Ladies next meeting will be their AGM, Thursday, January 4th, 8.00pm at the institute, please note the change of evening to Thursday.

We are lucky to have a village resident coming to talk about her passion for charming, friendly, shy, inquisitive, calming alpacas. We will also be able to look at the products which alpacas can give to us, more infomation is available at

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Woodborough Ladies to you all.