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Learn, Laugh and Live

Calverton & District U3A

Just with every other social organisation, we are now operating a very reduced operation. The monthly speaker meetings have been halted until the government relaxes the restrictions on larger gatherings.

The smaller interest groups have also generally been put on hold – but there are a few exceptions.

One of our group leaders has actually set up two new groups which are run by sending out talks by email. Our “Song and Story” folk music group and the French Conversation group are taking advantage of the “Zoom” software to hold virtual meetings, so all is not lost.

As good as modern technology is, it’s no substitute for meeting face to face, and we look forward to the day when life returns to normal.

For further information about us please visit

www.calvertonu3a.org.uk

or call 0115 9652376.

To Make You Smile
“TIME FOR THE GIRLS”  – Pam Ayres

I’m normally a social girl – I love to meet my mates,
But lately with the virus here we can’t go out the gates.
You see we are the ‘oldies’ now, we need to stay inside,
They’ll never know the things we did before we got this old.
There wasn’t any Facebook, so not everything was told.
We may seem sweet old ladies who would never be uncouth,
But we grew up in the 60s, if only they knew the truth!
There was sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll, the pill and miniskirts,
We smoked, we drank, we partied and were quite outrageous flirts.
Then we settled down, got married and turned into someone’s mum,
Somebody’s wife, then nana, who on earth did we become?
We didn’t mind the change of pace, because our lives were full,
But to bury us before we’re dead is like a red rag to a bull.
So here you find me stuck inside, for 4 weeks or more,
I finally found myself again, then I had to close the door!
It didn’t really bother me, I’d while away the hour,
I’d bake for all the family, but I’ve got no flaming flour.
Now Netflix is just wonderful, I like a gusty thriller
I’m swooning over Idris or some random sexy killer.
At least I’ve got a stash of booze for when I’m being idle,
There’s wine and whisky, even gin if I’m finding suicidal!
So let’s all drink to lockdown to recovery and health,
And hope this awful virus doesn’t decimate our wealth
We’ll all get through the crisis and be back to join our mates,
Just hoping I’m not far too wide to fit through the flaming gates!!

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

The Ongoing Saga of Covid 19

At the time of writing there is some good news around Covid 19, locally the numbers of new cases are falling and many of the lock down restrictions are starting to lift. We are entering a new ‘normal’. This currently includes 2m social distancing, a requirement for staff in health care settings to wear face masks and patients attending health care settings to cover their mouths and noses. In the practice we have now implemented a one way system which we hope will avoid difficulties around bottlenecks in the surgery building. We are still asking patients to avoid the surgery if they have any symptoms of Covid (new cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell) or if they have been in contact with a suspected Covid case in the past 2 weeks. We have to strictly enforce this hence the need for continued primarily telephone consulting. As many of you will be aware we can now undertake video consultations and have photos of rashes for instance sent in. To do this though you will need a reasonably up to date Android or iPhone with a camera facility.

Additionally much of our regular illness reviews have changed, as a result of which we have made alterations to the Annual Chronic Birthday Reviews. Patients who have an annual review will still be contacted via letter but our nurses will carry out your review over the telephone.  Prior to your telephone review appointment, it would be really helpful if you could make a note of your current weight and record your blood pressure readings.  It is highly recommended that you purchase your own blood pressure monitor if possible; these can be purchased from chemists or online providers. We recommend the arm rather than wrist monitors and examples of suitable equipment to buy can be found on the British Heart Foundation website

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/medical/tests/blood-pressure-measuring-at-home

Next a request to all our patients on long term opiate pain killers. These include drugs like codeine, tramadol, morphine and oxycodone, many of which are taken for chronic and usually non cancer related pain. There is increasing evidence that these medicines are not only very addictive but also they potentially become ineffective over time and may even cause harm. There may be suitable alternatives and we have a community pain service who can help. If you would like to discuss these medicines please ask reception to book you a telephone consultation with either Luke or Harvey our 2, new, practice based pharmacists.

Also a reminder about the new local service ‘Your health, Your way’. This is to help with getting more active, losing weight and stopping smoking. They also provide support for families and can help with falls prevention. They have a website www.yourhealthnotts.co.uk and can be contacted on 0115 772 2515. For support with alcohol problems visit One You or Drinkaware and for drugs or alcohol problems contact Change Grow Live Notts. All can be easily accessed through Google.

Finally returning to Covid, we know that this has causes a lot of stress and worry for many of our patients. There is always help available be it financial or emotional. The key thing is to ask. Also don’t forget the essential four things to protect yourself and others from this terrible virus. Wash your hands (frequently and thoroughly); cover your nose and mouth (particularly if you sneeze or cough) and use a tissue which can be thrown away; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and finally avoid close contact with anyone who has a temperature, cough or other symptoms of concern. As always please try and stay safe and well.

Phil Rayner