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A Poem For August

Before Summer Leaves

I sit and look across the fields,
How pleasant now is nature’s yield:
The trees, the flowers, the sheep, and sky.
No rushing now, I’ll let time drift by.
Meadow grass, magnificent trees,
Insects flying, busy bees.
Time to sit and ponder on
The day that’s here 
And the one that’s gone.
Tomorrow feels so far away,
I’ll stay right here and own this day!
Memories are made of this.
I’ll close my eyes and feel nature’s kiss.
 
Jean Cave

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The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Autumn Planning (Part 2)

At the time of writing this newsletter, the protective wall of vaccination appears to be holding firm and despite the relaxation of social distancing rules, we are not seeing the numbers of hospital admissions and deaths that were feared. This is clearly terrific news! Plans remain afoot for an Autumn Covid vaccine booster but as yet we do not know how that will work, which vaccine is to be used and how that will sit alongside an expected & expanded Flu vaccination campaign. It does still look like this will primarily be delivered in local settings (mainly we think GP surgeries and community pharmacies) and I still believe the local vaccination hubs (such as Richard Herrod and Newark) will be wound down. As a practice we anticipate being actively involved in all of this and will keep our patients informed of developments in future newsletters, via our website and on Facebook – watch those spaces.

Some readers I believe missed our August newsletter so I am delighted to share again with you the results of the national general practice survey. This is something undertaken with no input from the practice and makes interesting reading. It can be accessed via http://gp-patient.co.uk/compare?practices and involves postal questionnaires sent randomly to a sample of our patient population. Across the board we were rated above local practices and generally exceeded the ratings for our CCG and Nationally. I was particularly pleased to see that 96% of you found our receptionists helpful (89% nationally) and 95% of you found your overall experience of the practice to be good (83% nationally). Sadly I still hear of patients being rude to our staff (particularly over the phone) and these patients will now be written to. Repeat offenders may be removed from our practice list.

Next, a plug for the Core Centre which is based on the square in Calverton precinct. They offer a link to lots of useful local services including Citizen’s Advice (Mon am 9-12); Universal Credit help (Tu/We/Th at 10.00); a monthly hearing aid clinic; seated exercise and yoga classes; ear wax removal (Sat clinic – a charge is made) and a chiropody clinic on a Monday. For more information or to book an appointment for any of these services / activities, ring 0115 8470551, email info@calvertoncore.org.uk or visit their website.

During lockdown, and for a variety of reasons, we are aware that the general health of some of our patients may have deteriorated. A lot of people have gained some weight, drunk more alcohol and become less active in day-to-day life. In the surgery we have noticed a general increase in patient’s blood pressures and also blood sugar levels.  There are a wide variety of lifestyle services available locally, the Core centre can advise or simple look up on your usual search engine. Our nurses and Health care assistants can also advise and arrange further checks if needed, you would need to book a telephone consultation via reception.

Finally, and again for those who missed August’s newsletter,  we welcome back Dr Yudan Chen (M) for 12 months  and welcome Dr Henal Desai (F) also for 12 months, and  Dr Szofia Szeszak (F) for 4 months. We have said au revoir to Dr Hannah Igoe who has been with us for the past 8 months but will be returning again in August 2022.

Phil Rayner

Covid Vaccine Passport Scam

We have been made aware of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports

Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details. (for an admin fee)

The website has since been taken down, but in case similar emails/websites may appear.

And just to reiterate, your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

More information can be found on the gov.uk website;  
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

Please note that any Phishing scams can be reported to  SERS (Suspicious Email Reporting Service):  report@phishing.gov.uk