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The Calverton Practice Newsletter

‘Are you on line?’

At the time of writing we are all recovering from recent shocking events in London but would you know what to do if caught up in a major incident? A new App called citizenAID has just been launched and gives the logical steps of what to do, when and in what order if involved in a serious incident. It is free to the UK public and should help us all to stay safe and possibly save other’s lives at a moment of major emergency. A paper copy is also available for £1.99 including postage. I have been asked to give it a plug.

This month it seems timely to remind you of the benefits of accessing our services ‘on line’. As well as our website, there is a lot of information on the NHS Choices site plus using a search engine such as Google will often take you to local services of interest. Additionally we offer an on-line prescription ordering service and now patients who have signed up, can book both telephone and face to face appointments in this way. We are also currently trialling on line triage appointments which can be booked on the day and thereby avoids the early morning telephone rush. At the moments these appointments are only with me but if they prove popular we will extend the service.

Other news includes the launch of ‘JUMP Avenue’ a free 12 week healthy lifestyle programme for children aged 5-11. Whilst this has already launched it should be a rolling programme, there is a local base in Arnold and more information can be obtained by ringing the team on 03330 05 0092 or email

Next, two campaigns to make you aware of –  Firstly, The Royal College of GPs has just launched ‘Patient Safety Comes First’ designed to highlight the problem that increasing pressure on services may impact on patient safety. Over 1 million patients visit their GP surgery every day, GPs and their teams offer around 370 million patient consultations every year, 60 million per year more than 5 years ago and the equivalent of 90% of all NHS patient contacts. Many of those patients of course are increasingly complex with multiple long term conditions and it is perhaps no surprise that at times the service creaks a bit. You can of course help by only booking appointments you really need; cancelling an appointment made if it is no longer needed and accessing other sources of health advice if suitable. As previously highlighted, NHS websites now have lots of information about self-care and local pharmacists are happy to advise also. Finally we would ask that our triage service is used only for genuinely urgent problems that can’t wait for the next routine appointment on offer. For all of us ‘Patient Safety’ is a priority and on the days we are swamped, we have to work very hard to balance the needs of all our patients wishing to use our services. Your patience is appreciated at these times.

Secondly the British Medical Association have launched ‘# NHSbreakingpoint’ reminding us that the NHS is one of the best health services in the world but is failing too many people, too often, across the UK. The point is made that it is at ‘breaking point’. Their concerns include rising waiting times for appointments, greater pressures on emergency departments, rising hospital debts, doctor shortages in both hospitals and GP practices, the underfunding of social care, discharge delays from hospitals, the possible impact of Brexit on NHS staff (currently 10,000 doctors working are from the EU) and the continuing spin by government on NHS investment (the latest is to promise £10 billion but actually give £4.5 billion by 2020). Their plea is for a proper debate about funding, long term not short term solutions, recognition that pressures are impacting on the quality and safety of care, stabilise General Practice, properly resource the Transformation Plans being produced, and finally act to safeguard the jobs of EU nationals who are a key part of our NHS workforce. I think it is fair to day that at the practice we are very worried that little of the above appears to be happening. As always I would encourage you to sign up for the campaigns, lobby our local MPs and get involved if you can in the debate about the future of our NHS and Social care.

Phil Rayner

Notts County Sailing Club Open Day

Saturday 20th May  10.00 am to 4.00pm. Free Entry.

Come & see what sailing is all about - have a go! All are welcome
The day is set up so there is something for everyone. There are opportunities for you to go sailing (bring shoes that can get wet) Our buoyancy aids will be available. There is no entry charge and the galley will be open for refreshments.

10:00 See the club’s youngsters messing about in boats at their Saturday club

12:00 – 16:00 Try sailing or windsurfing (wetsuit needed for windsurfing)

13:00 - 15:00 Watch the Saturday Afternoon Racing Fleet in action

The club is off the A612, between Lowdham & Thurgarton.
If you want to know more about the activities at NCSC have a look at our website

All Stars Cricket is a great way to get children active this summer! Since the launch there have been thousands of kids signing up for 8 weeks of action-packed fun across England and Wales.
We do not want you to miss out so we have made it easy for you to find your nearest centres, come over to and sign up today!
Remember that every child that signs up to All Stars Cricket will be sent a backpack full of goodies like a bat, ball, hat, water bottle and t-shirt with their name on it. We can’t wait to see you at one of 1,800 accredited All Stars Cricket Centres this summer.