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Learn, Laugh and Live

Calverton & District U3A

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

The smaller interest groups have also generally been put on hold – but there are an increasing number of groups operating using Zoom.

One of our group leaders has actually set up two new History 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.

We’ve also set up other new online groups by Zoom – Tai Chi and a regular Coffee Morning Club, along with an evening book club and a discussion group. What would we have done without modern technology?

There is also a fortnightly online photographic challenge where members’ photographs are exhibited on an online gallery (see them HERE).

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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The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Moving on with Covid 19

Sitting to write this latest newsletter it is mid – March and Covid 19 vaccination is proceeding at pace. Schools are back and the next milestone in coming out of lockdown is keenly awaited later this month. I think it is fair to say we are all thoroughly fed up with things but unfortunately (and as we can so clearly see from statistics around the world), Covid is still with us and vigilance is essential.

 I am delighted to report that we recently held our first Covid vaccination clinic here at the surgery and have plans to run further sessions in the weeks and months to come. Our aim is to run small mop-up clinics alongside the national programme to maximise uptake particular for patients who may struggle to get to the local vaccination hubs. The Practice will contact patients by text or email asking them to book an appointment at the surgery (please do not contact us) and it remains particularly important that our patients utilise the local vaccination centres when first invited and as their preferred option. Links to the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Covid Vaccination Patient Booking system are available through our Practice website (or search for ‘Nottinghamshire Swift Queue’ which is the local booking portal).

One question we are often asked is whether the vaccines are safe if you have a history of allergy. Essentially the answer to this is ‘Yes’. Food or antibiotic reactions are not a problem and we are only concerned about severe recurrent and unexplained generalised allergic reactions or an allergic reaction to a previous dose of the same vaccine or any constituent of the vaccine (polyethylene glycol particularly). These are all rare and there is an opportunity to discuss any concerns at the time of vaccination.

As stated we recognise that things in the surgery remain some way from back to normal. This means that as yet we cannot yet say when we will be able to move to a more usual service (pre booked appointments etc); that we still need patients to attend alone whenever possible; that our one-way system persists and face masks are required when in our building.

Please also only come to the surgery if absolutely essential. We haven’t copied other practices, locking our doors and with a buzzer for access, but we are aware that some patients are ‘popping in’ and would ask that you always contact us by phone eg to arrange an appointment or a call back. This greatly helps us to help you and keep everyone as safe as possible at the present time.

Also relating to Covid, I am aware that the Blood Transfusion Service is actively looking for patients who have had the infection and recovered. These patients will have valuable antibodies which could help others and so donating plasma is a way to support others. To find out more or if you think you can help the number to ring is 0300 123 23 23 or search ‘donate plasma’.

Next, we have some new PCN (Primary care network) staff to welcome,  dietician Catalina Birgovan and Paramedic Shelly Benison who will primarily be supporting our care home and extremely frail house bound patients.

Plus joining us in the practice are Haly Bojko who will be joining our prescription management team plus Sophie Eley who is joining our dispensary team. We are delighted to be welcoming all these new faces.                                     

Phil Rayner