Month: July 2018

New Telephone System for Medical Centre

Update Sept. 2018: This work has been delayed – more details here.
Patients at Hodnet Medical Centre may wish to be aware of the following information which has just been posted on the Practice website:

A new telephone system is scheduled to be installed at Hodnet Medical Centre week beginning Monday 30th July. The migration from the old network provider to the new should be completed by 27th August, however it is expected that on our “Go Live” date (27th August) the lines will not be available between 1-3pm. We apologise for any difficulty that you may experience in contacting the Surgery during this period of migration. Thank you

Hodnet Medical Centre


Formal Notice of Closure of Ellerdine Branch Surgery

Hodnet Medical Centre’s website carried the following announcement on 18th July regarding the formal closure of the branch surgery at Ellerdine:

Dear Patient/Householder,
The practice formally applied to NHS England to close the Ellerdine surgery with effect from 31st May 2016. The branch surgery has not actually functioned since March 2008, and remains closed.
To date, we have not been in a position to resume our previous service, but have continued to maintain a weekly drug delivery and repeat medication slip collection service.
Since the branch surgery closed in March 2008, the increasing pressures of general practice, and current problems recruiting and retaining doctors , have resulted in our resources now stretched to a point where we feel unable to resume the previous level of service.
We can offer better capacity at Hodnet, with a larger physical presence, more consulting rooms and good clinical supervision, support and dispensing facilities.
We have followed the procedure required to present and support our application. This has involved consultation with the Patient Participation Group, Parish Councillors, Ellerdine Village Hall Committee, representatives from both NHS England and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Shropshire Commissioning Group has now informed us that they support our application, and the formal closure has taken immediate effect.
Delivery of repeat medication, and collection of repeat request slips will cease with the final date being Thursday 18th October 2018, and from this date it will be necessary to collect your medication from Hodnet. Medical Centre. Similarly, your repeat prescription slips will need to be delivered to Hodnet, unless ordered on line. Please ask at reception if you would like to register to order your repeat medication on line.
Dr N Raichura & Dr J Mehta

Hodnet Medical Centre

Car Vandalised at Roundabout

Local residents may have noticed over the weekend a Ford Focus, with a collapsed offside front wheel, left on the verge at the A53/A442 roundabout. On Saturday 14 July the only visible damage was the wheel, by the following afternoon however the rear window and the front passenger window side window had been smashed (see image).
The damage has been reported to the police and hopefully the unfortunate owner has been made aware. It can only be a matter of speculation, but the most probable cause of the damage is that one or more opportunists, having spotted the vehicle, decided to force entry and examine the boot and glove-box to see if any valuables had been left in the vehicle.
If you have any information about when the damage to the windows occurred, or about the culprits, we encourage you to contact West Mercia Police by calling 101 or CrimeStoppers on-line or by phone, 0800 555 111.
Remember this incident if you are ever unfortunate enough to have to leave an immobile vehicle in a remote place. Make sure that you take all valuables with you, and consider leaving a note in a prominent place making that clear!

Grass and Hedgerow Fires in High Hatton

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceWe are all aware of the dangers of fires in this dry and hot weather. Yesterday, Sunday 15 July, Shropshire Fire and Rescue were called to a grass fire in Green Lane, High Hatton. Their incident report states that they were called to the incident at 12:48pm. Four fire appliances were mobilised from Hodnet, Market Drayton and Wellington.
On arrival they found two large fires in the open. Both fires involved large areas of grass and hedgerow. Hose reel jets and beaters were used to extinguish the fires. The firefighters were assisted by the farmer who used machinery to created a fire break in the field.
Afterwards Hodnet Fire Station posted two pictures on their Facebook page, and the Market Drayton crew put other images on their Twitter Feed.
Update 17/7/18: In a second similar, but smaller incident the Hodnet Fire Crew returned to Green Lane today at 1:50pm.The fire involving a small area of hedgerow measuring 2 square metres, and one hose reel jet was used to extinguish it. The incident was declared over by 2:15pm.
Afterwards the crew used their Facebook page to thank the member of public who phone spotted it and called SFRS control.

Cat Missing in Hodnet – July 2018

Update 6 July: Wally has now handed himself in at home. We have been told he was “Dirty and hungry but absolutely fine”.

Walter (AKA Wally) has gone absent without leave from his home near the Bear Inn, Hodnet.
His owner writes, “Walter (Wally) is a small three year old male tabby, neutered and micro-chipped but not wearing a collar. He was last seen on Monday morning. Please check your sheds and garages in case he has become trapped.”
If you have seen Wally, or have any information about his whereabouts, please contact Louise on 07912-355219.
P.S. Don’t forget to tell the webteam if he is found.

Happy Tots At Hodnet Church

10am – 11.30am on alternate Fridays in St Luke’s Church, Hodnet
Play, arts, crafts, stories, songs and games for children to enjoy!
Chance for adults to have a chat and a drink whilst your children play.
The first “Happy Tots” session will be on Friday 6th July and will meet throughout the school summer holidays – 6 & 20 July, 3, 17 & 31 August.
For more information please email Emma.

Peplow Community Walk – July 2018

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 8th July

Change of time, to avoid the heat of the day!

Coundmoor near Cressage
Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am
Park by Mosterley Farm.
All ages welcome.
Given the present hot weather there seems little point in our usual “wet weather” check – though we had not considered the heat! However if you are planning to join us and need directions, please email or telephone Randall, 01952-540970, before Sunday.
For more information about the Peplow Community Group please see our page on this website.

Wanted: Someone to Deliver the Messenger

Drayton Messenger June 2018Could you deliver the Drayton Messenger to homes in Hodnet?
(Do you like walking and would like to get paid for it?)

The next issue of the Messenger comes out in September and we are looking for someone local to deliver. We also have a leaflet drop in July.

The work is offered on a self employed basis. The Messenger comes out four times a year.

Get in touch with Hamish for details. (over 18s only)
email or call: 01630 658001 or 07926 169494