News – Page 5

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Woodborough Open Gardens
in 2020

Just over a year ago in June 2020, Woodborough should have been hosting the regular Open Gardens Event. It normally takes place every 2 years but, of course, 2020 was a little unusual, to say the least!

With Covid restrictions having been in place for 3 months, the event had to be cancelled.

This meant that not only would visitors miss out on seeing some of Woodborough’s beautiful gardens, but that the chosen charity, NSPCC, wouldn’t benefit.

However, the local NSPCC fundraisers decided that a virus wasn’t going to spoil their efforts, and the idea of a virtual garden tour was born.

Over £3,000 was raised for the charity, and the video has been viewed over 6,000 times – really putting Woodborough on the map!

You can still watch the video by clicking on the image above.

Learn, Laugh and Live

Calverton & District U3A

We are hoping (subject to government regulations) to start our monthly face to face meetings in August – see next month’s Woodborough Web for confirmation.

In the meantime, come along to meet us on our stall at Woodborough Summer Fair on Saturday 24th July.

For more information please see

Also search for Calverton & District u3a on Facebook.

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Covid and Other Stuff

At the time of writing we are all waiting with baited breath to see what will happen with Covid 19 restrictions later in June. The Indian (or Delta) variant seems to be gathering momentum but fingers crossed, the vaccination success locally will keep hospital admissions down. Our recent vaccination data suggests a great uptake for our over 50’s with the younger ages catching up. The data for the Delta variant seems to particularly show how important it is to have the second booster dose when due, and also how important it is for even our younger age group patients to have the vaccine when they are able. Once you are eligible, these appointments are available through the national booking website or by ringing 111. Also keep an eye on local social media as some pop up clinics and walk in sessions are starting to appear. Remember also that the widely available home testing (lateral flow) kits are for use as screening tests when you have no symptoms. If you have symptoms of possible Covid (a new cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell or just feeling unwell), a formal swab and PCR test needs booking by phoning 119.

Next a brief announcement regarding some minor changes to our dispensary medicine turn round times – many thanks to Dr Jess Brown for the following:-

‘To ensure we provide the best service to our patients we are frequently reviewing and amending our policies. One of these policies is the 48 hour turnaround for repeat prescriptions ordered through our dispensary. Sometimes 48 hours is not long enough to order in certain medications and therefore monthly prescriptions are being split, with you, the patient, having to return to collect the rest at a later date. To help with this from July 2021 we are going to move to a 72 hour turnaround time for all repeat prescriptions. This means we require 3 working days from requesting your medications to collection or delivery.  We hope that this will provide a better service for all our patients and help our dispensary team to work as efficiently as possible.’

Also, as many of you will be aware from news headlines, General Practice is facing a tidal wave of workload as we move out of Covid restrictions. The reasons for this are not entirely clear but all practices are reporting the same problem and many GP practices are frankly on their knees. We like to think we are a pretty resilient bunch here at the surgery but even we are having days where demand feels unsustainable and we are regularly having 100 calls a day to make with even more on our busiest day (Monday). As outlined in last month’s newsletter we do hope to reduce that daily burden by offering more routine (probably initially telephone consultations) going forward and it does mean that we will be starting to say ‘urgent on the day problems only’ from 10.30 or 11.00 (depending on demand and the number of clinical staff available on any particular day). We hope this will only be temporarily necessary but does seem to be an approach used by other practices locally. We would also encourage all our patients to consider other solutions to problems before ringing the practice. Have you tried self-treatment? Have you discussed your problem with a pharmacist? Have you spoken to the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) about any problems you are experiencing with hospital appointments or follow ups? All of the above help us and please remember your call may be directed to our now extensive primary care team (pharmacists, prescription clerks, physio, paramedic or practice nurses) who may well be able to resolve a problem and avoid the need to speak to a GP. Remember also our receptionists are trying to help you as best they can but to do this they do need to know some detail about the problem you are ringing with and also if any particular member of the team has dealt with the problem recently.

Finally, I would like to welcome Tracy Marlow as a new secretary in our practice team and also say that it does feel to me that, despite all the terrible upsets and upheaval of the past 15 months, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.  However, as before, we still really do need your help and support as we can all get through this pandemic together.                   

Phil Rayner

Be aware of vaccine scams

Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccination programme to take advantage of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

When it is your turn to have the vaccine, the NHS will contact you by letter, and will never:

  • Ask for payment – the vaccine is free
  • Turn up at your home to offer the vaccine in exchange for payment
  • Ask you to send documents or provide bank details to prove your identity

Find out more on how to protect yourself and your family from scams by visiting our COVID-19 scams prevention page or if you need support and advice or wish to report a scam then you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or complete their online form.