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The “Ukulele for Beginners” band perform at the December general meeting

Learn, Laugh and Live

Calverton & District U3A

At our last general meeting at Calverton Village Hall on the 11th of December, our speaker was Mike Storr, a local expert on the history of music hall. He treated us to a talk about the origins of the music hall and performed humorous monologues from the big names such as Stanley Hollway, Robb Wilton and Bernard Miles.

After much persuasion and arm-twisting (of the band, not the audience), members were also treated to a Christmas singalong from Calverton U3A’s own ukulele band. As many of the group members had only picked up the instrument for the first time in September, it went surprisingly well – much to the relief of the first-time performers!

If you fancy joining our “Ukulele for Beginners” group, just call the number below.

The next general meeting is at 10.30am on Wednesday 8th January in Calverton Village Hall. You can visit 2 meetings before joining, so why not come alone – you’ll be surprised how friendly everyone is!

The talk for the January meeting is entitled “Lesley Taylor Talks Rubbish”. Lesley will tell us how our rubbish is recycled (or not) at the Veolia plant at Forest Town. What can and can’t be recycled? Find out at the meeting – you may be surprised!

Most members join one or more of our “Interest Groups”. We currently have around 20 (with more added most months) covering a wide range of interests including subjects such as Ukulele for Beginners, International Dining, Walking, French Conversation, Photography, Grumpy Old Men, Geology, History and more. This month, two new groups, Craft and Movie Makers are being set up, with a Spanish group being investigated.

We now have 160 members! They’re a very friendly bunch and come from Calverton, Woodborough, Arnold, Mapperley and all of the surrounding areas. Membership is open to anyone who has finished full-time working (not just Calverton residents – a third come from Woodborough).

You can attend your first meeting FREE OF CHARGE, so why not come along – you’ll probably see people you already know, and you’ll definitely make new friends!

For further information about us please visit

www.calvertonu3a.org.uk

or call 0115 9652376.

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

A New Government and a New Year

The past twelve months have been eventful for the practice and the country. As I write we are looking forward to 2020 (a new decade) but also coming to terms with Brexit which appears now to be full steam ahead. I am delighted to report that I feel the practice is well placed to cope with whatever may be thrown at us. We have a full complement of staff ( and I am very grateful for the very many positive comments coming to myself and practice manager Bridget Hall about the team) who work incredibly hard to keep our ship afloat. We have several new faces; Dr Yudan Chen who joins us for 4 months and Dr Felicity Hart who is joining us part-time for 20months. Both are seconded to us while they complete their training as GPs and I am confident they will fit in extremely well. We say farewell to Dr Runveer Singh who has now successfully completed his GP training, will be receiving his MRCGP qualification and hopefully staying locally where fully qualified GPs are sorely needed. Exciting things on the horizon include a new practice pharmacist working part time as part of our ‘Primary Care Network’ (which includes Stenhouse and Highcroft practices in Arnold); some new clinics which we will be hosting (including Diabetic retinopathy screening,  a new service for our complex patients with both physical and psychological challenges and hopefully soon, greater access to support for patients with concerns about social care and welfare). Additionally we are currently exploring the possibility of a self-care station where it will possible to do pill checks and some other simple long term condition reviews- more on this hopefully in the next few months.

However there are challenges ahead. We are concerned that Brexit may create even more medication shortages than are current (we are aware this is already a problem and unfortunately not in our control to prevent). We usually get little or no warning that a medication is not available, but our dispensary team do try hard to minimise disruption but liaising with our local pharmacy and CCG pharmacist where problems arise. Please be understanding and patient as it can sometimes take time to work out the best alternative option when this situation occurs.

We are promised more GPs and more nurses but unfortunately this all takes time and local services are already severely over stretched. We are now seeing more cases of flu which will add to pressures and again I would recommend any of you eligible for an NHS flu jab to take up that offer. For those not eligible flu jabs are widely available at pharmacies though there is a charge.

For those of you who need transport to get to NHS funded appointments there is a new number to tell you about. ERS Medical has taken over this local contract for the next 5 years. Bookings need to be made on 03330 3800 570. We are advised that bookings need to be made at least the day before and cannot be used unfortunately to provide transport to GP appointments.

Also a reminder that New Year is an excellent time for ‘resolutions’; smoking cessation, weight loss and alcohol consumption reduction might all feature in new year’s plans for some of you and there is lots of information on NHS choices or by putting Notts …….. in your preferred search engine. You could even refer to past copies of this newsletter!

Finally I will leave you with 3 tips for the year ahead.  Firstly – be yourself; secondly – slow down a little (life is a marathon not a sprint!) and finally, if at all possible, find some joy in every day.

On behalf of all at the surgery I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2020.

Phil Rayner