What to do when your GP Practice is closed this Christmas and New Year

Local NHS health professionals are advising residents where to go to get medical help and advice when their GP practice is closed this festive period.

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reminding people that although GP practices will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, there are other services available.

For anyone who needs urgent medical help or advice they can call NHS 111 for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or they can access the service online at 111.nhs.uk.

A number of pharmacies will be open for limited hours, on a rota on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Your pharmacist will be able to give you free advice on minor conditions and over-the-counter treatments.

You can also download the NHS App to check symptoms, book GP appointments during normal opening hours, and request repeat prescriptions.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Christmas is a busy time of year and that’s why it is really important people think about their healthcare needs.

“If you have a regular prescription, make sure you have enough to cover the festive period and you collect it in advance.

“Remember your local pharmacist can offer you free health advice without the need of an appointment, or if you are feeling unwell and need urgent health advice call NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk.”

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG, said: “We can all help ourselves stay well by making sure we have the essentials to treat minor coughs, colds and sore throats ready, to hand in our medicine cabinets. Please remember, as well as looking after yourself, to pop in and check on your elderly family, friends and neighbours too.”

For pharmacy opening times in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin click here (insert links).

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter, please visit: www.nhs.uk/staywell.

Community Speed Watch – Become a Volunteer

Community Speed Watch schemes are coordinated by the police but managed and run by volunteers in the community.

The scheme enables local people to take an active role in road safety and help to make their community safer.

If you would like to find out more and are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Whittington Community Speed Watch Scheme, please contact the Parish Clerk: 01691 829571 / clerk@whittingtonpc.com

Tree Planting

At the September 2019 meeting of the council, councillors discussed Oswestry Town Council’s recent pledge to aim to plant 17 thousand trees by 2023 and the NALC report and Tree Charter. Whittington Parish Council agreed to support the pledge to plant more trees in the parish and will actively engage with Oswestry Town Council to support them in achieving this goal.

If you would like to plant your own tree(s) on land that you own, trees can be purchased from the Woodland Trust:

https://shop.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees

Help us find caring superstars in North Shropshire

Information published on behalf of ‘Community Catalysts’

My name is Chris and I run a new project just for North Shropshire which aims to increase the choice and quality of care available to our older and disabled neighbours.

We need your help to find those amazinglocal people in North Shorpshire who could provide great quality help at home tailored to our mum’s, dad’s, sister’s, brother’s and grandparents’ needs. This might be offering personal care, help to shop or cook, support to go to a café or walk the dog –it all depends on the individual. 

We help local people to create and grow their own small community enterprise offering care in their own neighbourhoods. Starting your own business can be scary, but we have years of experience supporting people to create successful, inspiring care enterprises all over the country. We believe that local people are best placed to find solutions to local problems.

Do you know anyone who would want to help our community through providing great quality care as well as earning some extra money and working flexible hours?  Please do pass my details on or request some of my flyers. I look forward to hearing from anyone who wants to know more. I can be contacted by text, phone, email or Facebook.

This project is run by Community Catalysts. We make sure that people, wherever they live, have real choice of great local social care, health services and other community resources. We are a social enterprise which means we are focused on making positive change happen, not on profits. My help is totally free to you as this project is funded by Shropshire Council.  

Help shape our new musculoskeletal (MSK) service for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin at a patient focus group

Information shared on behalf of NHS CCG

These are exciting times for healthcare in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, as we seek to improve health outcomes and make services safe and sustainable for decades to come.

One of the big pieces of work already under way is to look at the pathway for patients needing care for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions – ie health problems which affect the joints, bones and muscles.

Together with MSK patients, GPs and specialist clinicians, we have developed a plan to transform local MSK services and are currently commissioning a new integrated MSK service. We believe these will improve outcomes and experience of healthcare for all people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

We are holding two focus groups, one in Telford & Wrekin (17 October)  and one in Shropshire (31 October), to talk to you about these proposals, explain them to you and ask for your input to help us shape them in more detail. Your feedback is very important and will help us decide on our final model.

All adult patients or carers who use (or have used) MSK services in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin are invited to attend.

Please see below details of both focus groups, we would appreciate it if you could register to attend

Telford & Wrekin Patient Group

When: Wednesday, 17 October 2019

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Where: Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford TF3 4HS

Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/musculoskeletal-patient-focus-group-telford-wrekin-tickets-74961101673

Shropshire Patient Focus Group

When: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Where: Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST 

Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/musculoskeletal-patient-focus-group-shropshire-tickets-74977639137

Would you like to become a parish councillor?

Whittington Parish Council recently published a Notice of Vacancy following the resignation of Councillor Paul Jones, but no requests were received within the statutory period, requesting that a by-election be held.

The Parish Council is therefore seeking applications from interested local people who wish to be considered for co-option to the Parish Council.

Applications should be made to the Parish Clerk by no later than 12th November and should detail why you would like to become a councillor and what skills you will bring to the role. The Parish Council will consider all applications received at their Parish Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 19th November 2019.

Date of notice: 03.10.19

Amy Jones – Whittington Parish Clerk

Hawthorn Cottage

Porthywaen

Oswestry

SY10 8LX

T: 01691 829571

E: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

Shropshire Council Consultation on Youth Support

Shropshire Council are currently undertaking a consultation on the delivery of Youth Support. The consultation runs until the end of October and is a great opportunity for the young people of Whittington and their parents/guardians to have an input. Please use the link:

https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/youth-support-consultation/

and click ‘how to get involved’ to complete the online survey. There are thre surveys – please choose the one appropriate to you.

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR – PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

That a casual vacancy has occurred in the Office of Councillor for Whittington Parish Council following the resignation on 25th September 2019 of Councillor Jenny Pritchard

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.* That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice. The fourteen-day period ends on Tuesday 15th October 2019.

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply. The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please get in touch with the parish clerk using the contact details below.

The Returning Officer’s address is: Electoral Services, Shropshire Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND. The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is dated Wednesday 25th September 2019

Mrs Amy Jones

Parish Clerk

Hawthorn Cottage, Porthywaen, Oswestry, SY10 8LX

E: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

T: 01691 829571


* There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”. A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – http://www.shropshire.gov.uk – under “Current Council Vacancies”. It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

** In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR – PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

That a casual vacancy has occurred in the Office of Councillor for Whittington Parish Council following the resignation on 8th September 2019 of Councillor Paul Jones.

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.* That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice. The fourteen-day period ends on Friday 27th September 2019

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply. The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please get in touch with the parish clerk using the contact details below.

The Returning Officer’s address is: Electoral Services, Shropshire Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND. The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is dated Monday 9th September 2019

Mrs Amy Jones

Parish Clerk

Hawthorn Cottage, Porthywaen, Oswestry, SY10 8LX

E: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

T: 01691 829571


* There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”. A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – http://www.shropshire.gov.uk – under “Current Council Vacancies”. It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

** In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

Community invited to SaTH engagement events

Two community engagement events are being held next month for residents served by Shropshire’s two acute hospitals.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford, is hosting the Community Working Together sessions on 3 and 5 September.

Residents will be able to hear about what the Trust is doing following last year’s CQC inspection and the work that is taking place to move out of special measures. The Lead for Patient Experience at SaTH, Ruth Smith, will also be hosting a workshop focusing on patient strategy. The two events are being held on:

  • Tuesday 3 September 2019 – 10am until 12noon – Meeting Point House, Telford
  • Thursday 5 September 2019 – 10am until 12noon – Hamar Centre, RSH

The agenda includes:

  • Urgent Care Update (including A&E)
  • NHS Long Term Plan                        
  • Patient strategy
  • CQC and special measures update                                   
  • Questions from the community        

The meetings are open to everyone living in the areas served by both hospitals. Anyone who would like to sign up can do so via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-shrewsbury-and-telford-hospital-nhs-trust-24564280682

Two further events are planned for December whenMedical Director, Dr Arne Rose, will give an update on medical staffing and his first six months with the Trust. They will be held on:

  • Tuesday 3 December 2019 – 10am until 12noon – Meeting Point House, Telford
  • Thursday 5 December 2019 – 10am until 12noon – Hamar Centre, RSH

Kate Ballinger, Community Engagement Facilitator for SaTH, said: “We are committed to working with our communities to make sure we deliver the best healthcare for people living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.

“These Community Working Together meetings in Telford and Shrewsbury are open to everyone who wants to come along and find out what is happening at their hospitals. They will also be able to talk to the team about anything that they think we need to know.”