Newsletter – January 2019

from Lisa Smith – Assistant Practice Manager

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR PATIENTS

ChatHealth – Support for young people
Young people aged 13-19 can access ChatHealth which is a confidential advice and support text service.  If you are a young person in need of support and wanting to talk to someone, simply text 07480 635443 to speak with a School Nurse (weekdays term time only).

Telephone advice and support to children, young people and their parents/carers is also available by calling the School Nurse Duty Desk on 0300 029 5050.
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Newsletter – December 2018

from Lisa Smith –Willingham Surgery

Change to our Extended Hours
The surgery extended hours service offers our patients appointments outside of our core opening hours of 8:30am-6:00pm. From Tuesday 8th January, the surgery will remain open every Tuesday until 7:30pm, offering our patients routine appointments. This will replace the Weds evening surgery, when the surgery will now close at 6:00pm. Please note the change of opening hours will also apply to Willingham Pharmacy. We will continue to offer early morning appointments from 7:20am every Thursday as part of our extended hours.

GP on Long Term Sick Leave
As many of our patients may be aware, Dr Jankovic is currently off long term sick and the surgery is currently managing with one less GP Partner. You may therefore experience longer waiting times for your routine appointments. The additional pressure on the surgery, alongside the increase demand over the winter months, is making it more difficult for you to book routine appointments with the GP of your choice. Dr Jankovic would like to thank his patients for their kind wishes, and is hoping to return to the surgery as soon as possible.

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Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

Via eCops we have received the the latest edition of Our News from Neighbourhood Watch.

Read what makes a good neighbour in modern Britain and find lots of fantastic advice on keeping you and your home safe. There’s also member offers and lots more!

Click here to read it on-line

URGENT! – volunteer drivers required

OWLS (Over, Willingham, Longstanton, Swavesey) Community Car Scheme urgently requires additional drivers to keep up with growing demand. Drivers receive 30p a mile (£3 min charge) from customers and 15p a mile from Cambridgeshire County Council and it is helpful if they can offer a minimum of one journey a week. Please ring the scheme’s mobile for more details.

For many elderly people the winter brings with it worries about falling on slippery ground when out walking or concerns about driving in hazardous conditions. A walk to the doctors or local shop which was relatively easy in the summer or a drive to attend an outpatient appointment can seem a different prospect entirely in the winter months. If this applies to you, a family member, friend or neighbour then do consider using or suggesting OWLS to help with these journeys.

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Volunteers needed

Eddie’s is a local charity supporting children, young people and adults with learning disabilities in lots of different ways. Eddie’s is looking for volunteers for its Befriending & Family Support Schemes. It only takes a few hours of your time and it really does change lives.

Full details at http://www.eddies.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer.asp

Like to know more? Call on 01223 883141 or email volunteer@eddies.org.uk.

Newsletter – November 2018

from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery

Help beat back to school bugs! 
No sooner do the kids start a new term than they pick up some lurgy or other.
Coughs and colds, upset tummies, sickness bugs and headlice are among some of the main culprits. All of which can be treated at home with basic medicine available from your local pharmacy – no GP appointment or prescription required!
Simple steps such as stocking up on self-care essentials can help you treat minor illnesses at home.

  • pain relief (paracetamol and ibuprofen)
  • cough and cold remedies
  • upset stomach treatment
  • heartburn and indigestion treatment
  • first aid kit

Save yourself time, and save the NHS money, see your pharmacist.

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Newsletter – October 2018

from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery

Flu Vaccinations
We expect to start receiving our vaccines in the second half of September, with further deliveries in October and November. There will be 3 different flu vaccinations available this year.

  •  All patients aged 65 and over will be offered a new vaccine called FLUAD. This has been recommended by the government as being the most effective vaccine for this age group.
  • Patients between 18 and 64 years AND in an “at risk” category will be offered the quadrivalent vaccine which should offer more protection than the ones given in previous years.
  • Children over the age of 2 will again be offered the nasal flu. School age children in reception and years 1-5 will be having the vaccine at school.
  • The surgery will give the nasal flu to those children born between 01/09/2014 and 31/08/2016.

Please contact the surgery of you have any queries.

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Summer food bank campaign – please donate!

from Sarah Cheung Johnson and Alex Malyon

Food donations are needed to cover School Holidays, as children are off school, some who get free school meals may struggle to get their 3 meals a day. The Trussell Trust, which is the Chairman’s Charity for South Cambs District Council, run foodbanks nationwide and are warning that, based on past years, demand is likely to outstrip supply.

We are running a local foodbank drive and have placed baskets at:

  • Longstanton Co-Op
  • Oakington Village Store & PO
  • Longstanton Village Store & PO
  • Oakington Communitea Cafe

The Cambridge City Foodbank are in urgent need of the following items

  • Tinned Meats
  • Instant Coffee – small jars
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Cooking Oil – 500ML preferred
  • Fruit Juice – Long Life, 1 litre
  • Tea Bags – Breakfast, 40’s & 80’s, not speciality
  • Puddings – Long Life
  • Tinned Rice Pudding
  • Instant Noodles
  • Pasta ‘n’ sauce mix
  • Milk – Long Life, not soya/almond etc
  • Jams & Spreads

Please drop what you can into the baskets, we will be collecting them regularly to drop at the depot.For more background on this please please see this article:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/03/food-banks-appeal-for-help-to-feed-children-during-school-holidays