The Calverton Practice Newsletter
Dr Rayner is away on holiday and so I am writing on behalf of the practice. Many of you will know me either as a GP or as a village local. I was a medical student in the practice back in 1998 and found myself living in the village in 2007. From my initial days as a student, and subsequently as a patient, I was impressed at the high standard of care provided by the practice and at the accessibility of the doctors. I had not come across a practice where the “Personal List” system (having a named GP) was still implemented and realised that the benefits of continuity of care provided by this system were well worth preserving. I was delighted to be asked to join the practice in 2014. However, from my first day of work it was clear that the appointment system would need to change at some stage as the burden of daily calls was overwhelming the ability to provide preventative medicine and chronic disease management, which are the mainstay of General Practice.
As medical science progresses and new developments arise there is more and more which can be done to improve the health of the population (treatments for blood pressure and cholesterol, increasingly complex vaccination programmes are just a few examples). A lot of this care is carried out from General Practice and also results in the population living for longer, but with challenging long term conditions and increasing frailty. The practice has grown in line with the growth of the village, but the increasing daily demand has outstripped this.
Dr Sherwood and Dr Goodliffe deciding to leave their professions has prompted us to act to redress the balance of on-the-day health need with routine healthcare. We have worked closely with our Patient Participation Group and taken advice from a variety of other practices to try to redesign our appointment system whilst still maintaining the benefits of the “Personal List” system. In the autumn there will be significant changes in how doctors’ appointments are accessed. We anticipate more readily-available prebookable appointments, but on the day calls will go to a single coordinator rather than to your named GP. Further details will be publicised closer to the time.
As with any significant change there will be teething problems, it will take a while for patients and staff to become accustomed to a new way of working and of course we will regularly reassess progress and make further changes where necessary. We would ask for your support and patience during this transition - some form of change is essential in order for us to improve the care that we are giving. Any constructive suggestions would be very welcome. As previously mentioned, there is an active Patient Participation Group in the practice - a group of patients who meet every two months to work with us to improve our services. Any patients wishing to be involved in this are invited to contact our practice manager Mrs Bridget Hall for further details.
The National Patient Survey results were published last month, and to our delight we have been ranked 8th GP surgery in Nottinghamshire for patient feedback. This, combined with our Outstanding CQC rating, are thanks to the great team of staff within the practice. As a community I hope that we can work together to ensure that the standards of care provided by the practice improve even further. Each of us as individuals can make a significant difference to how this is done, for example by requesting home visits only when truly housebound, by considering whether the doctor is the best person to speak to or whether pharmacy, a secretary or receptionist may be better able to help. Quite a few of the daily GP calls would be more appropriately managed by our receptionists, secretaries or pharmacy team who have specialist skills which are different from those of a doctor. Some problems cannot be dealt with in the surgery, for example wounds which need stitching need to be dealt with by the Urgent Care Centre.
As a practice please be assured that our sole aim is to be providing the best possible care that we can for our patients. Any changes that we introduce are aimed at ensuring that the residents of Calverton and the surrounding villages enjoy the best possible healthcare from the resources available. We look forward to working together with you to achieve this.
Woodborough Ladies next meeting will be on Thursday 7th.(not Wednesday 6th) September, we will meet in the Institute on Roe Lane at 8.00pm. Our speaker will tell us about Money Laundering.
Diary of a Show
Most of the shows that the Burton Joyce Players produce run for about two hours. But I wonder if the audiences ever think about how much time and effort lies behind those two short hours.
The reality is that each of our shows involves literally hundreds of person hours. Much of that time is spent rehearsing, but there is also the planning, design, research, painting, props making and set building to take into account.
Since it was first published in 1908, Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has never been out of print, and this October the Burton Joyce Players will be performing a magical celebration of the antics of Mole, Ratty, Toad and all the other animals in a musical adaptation of this wonderful children’s story.
This is part of an ongoing diary to show what actually is involved in getting a show like this from the page to the stage.
At a meeting in February, it was decided that our autumn show should be The Wind in the Willows. The first task for director Kathy Matthews was to find a suitable script and after much searching she settled on a fun adaptation of the story by Lee Baddock and Chris Kirby.
After that Kathy needed to source the music, but luckily the village is blessed in that we have our own original composer in David Machell who just happened to be musical director in the 1993 production of Toad of Toad Hall.
The audition was, as expected, busy with lots of hopefuls looking for parts. It’s usually a difficult task for the director when there is so much talent available, but on this occasion we had a large cast to fill, as well as a singing chorus, and so everyone went happily away with a part.
The following week the principles met for the first “read through”. This is a relaxed affair and as the name implies, members of the cast sit around a table and “read through” the play. This gives the cast a chance to bond with fellow cast members, an essential aspect of drama, both amateur and professional, as each will depend on the support of the others in the many rehearsals that are to come. It also provides the director with an opportunity to get a rough timing of the show and to identify any changes that may be needed to the script.
Set design, i.e. what goes on stage in terms of scenery, furniture etc is a very important part of the overall production. Sometimes a script will include a suggested layout; often that used in the first production of the play. The problem with Wind in the Willows is that the action takes place in many different locations. The answer we have come up with is the use of “trucks”.
Theatre, like many other professions, has a specialised terminology; the sides of the stage are the “wings”, the front curtains are the “tabs”, the area above stage is the “flies”, a show might “go up” at 7.30 p.m. and “come down” at 9.55.
A “Truck” is a wheeled platform upon which scenery or furniture can be attached so that it can be moved easily around the stage. We used trucks very effectively in our 2012 production of Ladies Day, and at the first production meeting the director, stage manager and myself hammered out the details of what should be painted on the trucks and how we could efficiently move them around the stage without crushing anybody.
So now we have a plan of action, and while the actors and chorus concentrate on their lines and lyrics, their entrances and exits, the backstage crew will set about building and making everything we will need to make this show very special indeed.
Patrick Mcdonough - Burton Joyce Players