Author: Mary

Defibrillator Training 3rd April 2019

Automated External DefibrillatorThere are now two defibrillators in Stanton Parish at High Hatton and Stanton, and residents have organised a defibrillator training session at Stanton Village Hall at 7pm on Weds 3rd April.
Residents from the Hodnet area are also welcome to attend.
“These potentially life saving pieces of equipment are becoming more and more common. Defibrillators are very easy to use. The machine gives clear spoken instructions – all you have to do is follow them – and it won’t shock someone unless they need it.
“You access the defibrillator by dialling 999 and giving the ID code displayed on the box. The operator will give you the code to open it and any instructions you need.
“Although you don’t necessarily need training to use a defibrillator, it can make you feel much more confident should you ever need to do so. Anyone, of any age, is welcome at the training session. Please come along and join us.”
If you would like further information, please contact Catherine Carney – email.
Details about Hodnet’s defibrillators are available on the following pages:

Hodnet & District Garden Club March 2019

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting will take place on Tues 19th March at 7.30 pm in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet, when Jean Hopwood’s topic will be “Roses, Roses, Roses – a History and Practical Guide”. (Doors open from 7.00.) Plants will be available for purchase.
As usual, refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting. The programme for this year can be viewed on the Club’s website. Annual membership is £15, with guest fee for one-off meetings only £2. New members and visitors are always welcome; no prior knowledge or gardening expertise required!

Hodnet & District Garden Club – Feb 2019

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe Garden Club’s first meeting of the year will take place on Tues 19th Feb at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet (access from 7.00).
Gordon Malt will give a talk on Garden Features and Plant Combinations. Mr Malt is a speaker for the Cottage Garden Society, and will no doubt pass on plenty of useful and inspirational tips for us to implement in our own garden layouts.
The Garden Club’s programme for the whole year can be viewed on their website.
Light refreshments are served at the end of each meeting, and visitors are most welcome. It costs £2 to attend a single meeting, or £15 for an annual membership.
We hope to see you there.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission talk for Garden Club: November 2018

Hodnet & District Garden ClubHodnet & District Garden Club’s final meeting of the year will take the form of a bring and share supper with a presentation about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from member David Smither. The meeting will take place in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet on Tuesday 20th Nov at 7.30 pm – doors open from 7.00. Visitors are very welcome (£2 guest fee).
There have been some excellent speakers this year, and it would be good to welcome new members when next year’s programme begins in February. Annual membership is £15 per person.

All about Bees – Hodnet & District Garden Club, Oct. 2018

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next Garden Club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 16th October at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet; 7.00 pm onwards for a 7:30 pm start.
A brief AGM will be followed by a talk entitled All about Bees by Alison Wakeman, an expert on these essential insects. Hear all about their life cycle, how to keep them and how to support them by your planting.
Visitors are most welcome to come along to any of our talks. Guest fee is £2 per session, and refreshments are served at the end of the meeting.

Hodnet & District Garden Club – September meeting

Hodnet & District Garden ClubAfter two outings then a break during August, the Garden Club is now resuming its meetings in the Lyon Hall on the third Tuesday evening of the month, 7.00 onwards for 7.30 pm start.
On Tues Sept 18th, the topic is Orchids. We look forward to a talk by John Spires, an expert on these beautiful, exotic plants. Hear all about their history, how to grow them and how to keep that present you were given flowering!
Visitors are always welcome to come along to any of the meetings. Light refreshments are served at the end of the evening. An annual subscription costs £10, with guest fee being £2 per visit.
The remainder of the year’s programme may be viewed by clicking the Events tab on the Garden Club website.

Hodnet Medical Centre – Flu Clinics 2018

Hodnet Medical Practice website has recently published an advance reminder for patients wishing to receive a flu injection:

“Flu jabs – that time of year again! To help you to stay healthy and prevent the spread of flu among family, friends and work colleagues, taking advantage of the winter flu jab at the surgery is a good first step. Flu is contagious and it can be passed through coughing, sneezing or by touching infected surfaces or people. Most flu outbreaks usually happen in late autumn or winter, and, for most people, it’s an unpleasant but not a life-threatening condition. We will be holding Flu clinics in October – actual dates will be released nearer the time, dependant upon the manufacturers’ supply of the vaccine. Please ring the surgery at the beginning of October for more information and to book an appointment.”

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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

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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

New Out of Hours Medical Help/Advice Arrangements from 17 July

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre’s website provides the following information about imminent changes to the provision of out of hours medical help or advice. From 17th July, the NHS 111 service will replace the current out-of-hours GP telephone access service provided by Shropdoc in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. See below for more details:

NHS 111 service to take calls out-of-hours across Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire
From Tuesday 17 July 2018, patients across Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire who need urgent out-of-hours medical help or advice will need to call 111.
The NHS 111 service will replace the current out-of-hours GP telephone access service provided by Shropdoc in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin in line with national policy to provide a consistent, integrated approach to urgent care; but any patients that need to see a clinician out-of-hours will still be seen by a local GP or other appropriate clinician.
NHS 111 is much more than a helpline – if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, you can call 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.
Depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can connect you to generalist and specialist nurses, or even a GP or pharmacist, and can arrange face-to-face appointments should you need one.
It is free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
There is also a new ‘ASK NHS’ app that has been designed that provides improved access to NHS 111 and other local NHS services. Advice is delivered by the virtual clinician ‘Olivia’ and she takes you through the steps of the symptom checker which can result in the booking of a GP appointment, access to NHS choices, a call back from a clinical expert or access to self-care.
You can download the ‘Ask NHS’ app via Google Play (for Android phones) or Apple App Store (for iPhones). If you need more guidance on how to download the app please click here
If you are a patient living in Wales you should continue to use the Shropdoc number.