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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.

Another new group is the Film Appreciation Group, where members watch an agreed broadcast film, and then meet up on Zoom to air their views.

We are also looking into starting a Bowls Group as soon as the greens at Calverton are reopened.

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.

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One for the children (and the young at heart!)

A man decided life would be more fun if he had a pet.
So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.
After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede, which came in a little white box to use for its house.
He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box, and decided he would start off by taking his new pet to the pub for a drink with him.
So he asked the centipede in the box, “Would you like to go down the pub with me today? We will have a good time.”
But there was no answer from his new pet.
This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked again, “How about going down the pub with me ?”
But again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet.
So he waited a few minutes more, thinking about the situation.
The man decided to invite the centipede one last time.
This time he put his face up against the centipede’ s box and shouted, “Hey, in there! Would you like to go to the pub with me?
This time, a little voice came out of the box, “I heard you the first time!
I ‘m putting my shoes on!

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Covid 19 and Beyond

Summer is upon us; lockdown restrictions are easing, and some patients are even managing to get away for a foreign holiday at last. Of course, Covid 19 has not gone away and we all need to continue to take precautions to avoid a local resurgence of what we now know can be a devastating infection. Key measures include continued social distancing (at least 2 metres where possible); avoiding crowded places; wearing a face mask when in shops or on public transport and frequent handwashing or use of alcohol gels.

Because of this we are continuing to do all we can to reduce patient visits to the surgery and we do now ask than anyone entering the surgery building does so wearing a covering to the nose and mouth. Exceptions to this are in line with government guidelines and might include young children, an illness or disability such that you are unable to put on, wear or remove a face covering, where use of a face mask would cause severe distress or if you rely on lip reading to communicate. Our staff have been asked to enforce this rule and treatment may be with held or delayed in cases of non-compliance where no reasonable reason is apparent. In following this ruling, we are in line with what is happening in all other health care settings locally (including hospital trusts) and is to protect both our patients and staff from potential Covid 19 infection. We also need to maintain social distancing in our waiting room, so our increased use of telephone triage and appointments is likely to consider for the foreseeable future

Word from our local hospital trusts is that normal hospital services are being restored but there is a considerable back log and delays to more routine care will be inevitable. In NUH’s recent GP newsletter it was stated that the workload in critical care units was returning to more normal levels, ED attendance was picking up and some out-patient clinics are resuming. Of course, hospital trusts face the same challenges we do and there is a need for them to separate Covid from non Covid patients thus taking some scanners etc out of general use. As for us, we expect local specialists to continue to use more telephone consulting for the foreseeable future.

Onto other news. We are already starting to think about this Autumn’s flu clinics. They will be run differently this year due to Covid 19 and there will be more on this in next months newsletter. We believe flu vaccination will be made more widely available and more news is expected from NHS England in the coming weeks.

Also, I have recently been made aware of an NHS service to help individuals suffering from poor sleep. Short term the NHS choices website has lots of useful top tips but if, after a month, things are not settling you could look at Sleepstation. This is free to NHS patients, offers better sleep ‘in weeks’, is medication-free and is open to self – referral. It is open to over 18’s and some health restrictions do apply. For more information go to You will need to know your NHS number to complete the self-referral details.

This month we do have some staff turnover. Drs Chen and Sangotade will be leaving us though returning in due course. We welcome back Dr’s Tim Oliver and Owen Hughes both of whom are returning for the next 12 months.

Finally, I am delighted to report some very positive feedback in the latest government GP patient survey. 91% of you described your overall experience of this practice as good (national average 82%) and 94% of you reported that our receptionists were helpful (national average 89%). This compares very favourably to one local practice scoring just 46% and 68% respectively. So, well done to our reception team and indeed to all at the surgery who have risen magnificently to the challenge brought by Covid 19, regularly ‘gone the extra mile’ for colleagues and patients alike and I can honestly say make me very proud to be the current senior partner of this practice.      

Phil Rayner