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Hodnet Medical Centre – Dispensary

The Medical Practice has posted the following clarification on it’s website today (25 Mar. 2020):

The dispensary is still open for you to collect your repeat prescriptions

Please could you leave 5 days rather than the usual 3 days before you collect your repeat as due to the current situation our dispensary staff are extremely busy.

Due to government guidelines we are unable to dispense more than one month’s worth of prescriptions at a time, this is to stop people stockpiling and creating drug shortages for everyone else. 

Hodnet Medical Centre – Important Update About Morning Surgeries

The surgery has posted the following announcement on its website on Monday 23 March.

Until further notice the morning “drop-in” surgeries will be “phone-in” only!

The official notice reads:

Changes to Morning Surgery

Morning surgery will now be done over the telephone, it will still be

between 8.30am and 9.45am.

If you do arrive at the surgery, you will be offered a telephone consultation only

We do have some telephone consultations available to book with our clinicians, please call us to make an appointment if you do not want to wait. 

A further update has been posted today (Tuesday 24 March, 2020):

In order to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, until further notice morning surgery will initially be carried out by telephone call. This is a precautionary measure to minimise the amount of patients sitting together in our waiting area and reduce contacts and risk for our staff and patients. 

  • Please do not come inside the surgery to book in to morning surgery
  • Ring the surgery to register your request for a consultation before 9.45am
  • In order to direct your consultation you will be asked for brief details of your symptoms
  • You will be telephoned back by a doctor or nurse, they will decide if you need to be seen.

For information about the centre’s dispensary, please see this post.

Delays Expected on Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton – 12 to 17 Jan, 2020

Roadworks Sign

Following disruption at the A53 roundabout by Mullers on Friday, Hodnet residents travelling into Drayton should expect to encounter further delays this week.

Further roadworks are planned on Shrewsbury Road between the A53 roundabout and the one at Longford Turning.

The work includes carriageway repairs, gully emptying and tree trimming.

For the first four days of the works Shrewsbury road will remain open, with traffic being controlled by temporary lights. The road is scheduled to be completely closed however, on Friday 17 January.

Details and the planned diversion route can be viewed on the One Network website.

Marchamley Water Mains – Update 11 November

Marchamley residents should soon receive a copy of the following letter from Severn Trent Water, in connection with the on going work in the area:


Dear Customer,

Important Update:

In order to connect the new water pipes up from the School Lane junction down towards Marchamley Hill, we’ll need to carry out night work on Wednesday the 20 November 2019 at approximately 22:00 due to the low water pressure this work will create. This work will then continue for several hours into Thursday morning.

Due to the work that needs to be done before and after the night work, we will be closing this section of road on 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. We’re really sorry about this, but it will mean we keep everyone safe and get the work done as quickly as possible. Access to homes will be maintained at all times and there will be a signposted diversion route in place as you approach the working area from all routes.

Please be assured that we, and our contract partner Heartlands, will be doing everything we can to minimise the disruption and get the work finished as quickly as we can. I’m very sorry in advance for any disruption this work causes.

We appreciate your patience during the last phase of this scheme.

Stay up-to-date with the work
* Get in touch with me Catherine Webb, on 07971 304604

Yours faithfully
Catherine Webb
Communications Officer, Severn Trent

New Look Website Coming Soon

We are very pleased to inform our readers that our new website design should be up and running in the next two or three days.

As we announced a while ago the new layout is designed to make the site more accessible on devices with smaller screens such as smart-phones and tablets.

Please be patient whilst the switch-over is completed. Of course there may be a few teething troubles, and if you come across anything that doesn’t work well, please email the new webmaster.

For now Randall Hardy, who has looked after the website since it started is remaining as its main editor, but is intending to step down from that role by the end of the year. A replacement editor-in-chief is desperately needed. If you want to know what that involves, please email Randall.

Hodnet Medical Centre – Half day closure 24/10/2019

Hodnet Medical centre has today posted the following notice on their website:

Staff Training –
Three afternoons a year the practice is closed so that doctors, nursing staff and admin staff can attend essential training.
The aim of the training is to allow doctors and staff protected learning time for Continued Professional Development (CPD)
The surgery will be  closed the afternoon of Thursday 24th October for such training, and will be open as usual the following day (25.10.2019).  
If you require urgent medical attention whilst the surgery is closed this afternoon,
please call 111.

Hodnet Medical Centre

Marchamley Water Mains – Update 4 October

Marchamley residents should by now have received a copy of the following letter from Severn Trent Water, in connection with the on going work in the area:


Dear Customer

We’re improving your supply of wonderful water…

You’ll be aware that we have been recently working in the Marchamley area replacing the   old water pipes. We are pleased to inform you, that the work is coming to an end, but we still need to make our final connections to several of the properties in the area.

Where the work will take place

The work will start on the middle greened area, in the village and we will work towards Long Lane.  To keep you and our workforce safe we’ll need to use traffic lights around our working areas.  This work will start on the 7 October 2019 and will be completed by the

18 October 2019. You may see our team on site a few days earlier if they’re setting up equipment, and our reinstatement team will be along once the work is finished to tidy up the roads and footpaths.

The final stage of our works will start at the middle greened area in the village and we will work towards the junction of Wood Lane.  This work will start on the 14 October 2019 and will be completed by 25 October 2019. On this stretch of road we will be using traffic lights at different stages along the road.

Please be aware that although we try to stick to these dates they may change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Thanks for bearing with us

During the work there may be times when access to your driveway may be temporarily hindered. We fully appreciate that it has been a bit of a pain to have this work happening near you – but please be assured that we have and will continue to (along with our contract partner Heartlands) do everything we can to minimise any disruption and get your brand new water pipes as quickly as possible.

Will my water supply be affected?

If we plan to interrupt your water supply we’ll notify you in advance with a card stating the date and the earliest start and latest end time of the interruption. It’s advisable to avoid using any appliances connected to the water supply during this period.

During or after the work, there’s a small chance your water may appear discoloured. This is nothing to worry about, and will quickly go back to normal. We’ll be doing our best to make sure your water supply is unaffected for the duration of our work.  To find out more about clearing discoloured tap water, please visit our website www.stwater.co.uk/discolouration.  

Location of the work

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Stay up-to-date with the work

  • Get in touch with me Catherine Webb, on 07971 304604 between 08:00 – 17:00 Mon – Fri
  • Visit our ‘Planned Improvements’ webpage at www.stw.works to see how the work is progressing
  • If your query is about your water supply or sewerage service rather than this work, the number to call is 0800 783 4444 for our 24 hour Customer Operations Service Centre.
  • Please let us know how we are doing at: www.stwater.co.uk/howsourwork

Yours faithfully

Catherine Webb

Communications Officer, Severn Trent