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Update from Royston & District Community Transport

From Monday 12 April Community Transport should be back to normal - barring last minute Government change of mind of course!

 

We are once again available for hairdresser and similar appointments, shopping trips, gym, and social visits (as long as they are meeting up outdoors or at a garden centre), BUT we will keep our precautions as before - our rules for one household per car remains, preferably with one person in the back although we are flexible to take carers or allow sitting in a front seat if back seat is too difficult, and of course, don’t forget your face mask.

 

As usual we will try our best to meet your needs, please ring the office on (01763) 245228 between 9:00am and 3:00pm Monday to Friday.

 

We look forward to seeing you again…

Barley Surgery, part of Granta Medical Practices
Granta Medical Practices - May news

COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

We continue to deliver second vaccinations, working in date order, vaccinating patients 11-12 weeks following their first dose.

 

Current guidelines state that patients have to return to the venue where they had their first vaccination, as the second dose will be allocated and sent to that venue. Should these guidelines change we will, of course, let everyone know.

 

We appreciate that everyone wants to know when their appointment will be, and we are working as fast as possible to get through our patient lists. Please bear with us as our team continue to work incredibly hard to deliver the vaccine into our community.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

 

The UK vaccination programme has been very successful. At the time of writing, more than 30 million people have been vaccinated and it is estimated that 6,000 lives have already been saved.

 

There have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. This is being carefully monitored and reviewed.

 

Information is changing rapidly and we will keep our website as up to date as possible. If you do not have internet access, please feel free to ring us with any questions you may have.

 

Sandra East, Head of Patient Services

Email: sandra.east@nhs.net. Direct number: 01223 627743.

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Statement from Jerry Carlisle, Chair of Barley Town Council
On behalf of the whole village of Barley we offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 and to her family on the sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh earlier today.
 
In line with the family’s wishes and to ensure everyone remains Covid safe, we will not be opening a book of condolence.
 
For the same reason the laying of flowers is discouraged.
 
The flag will fly at half mast above the church tower until the day after His Royal Highness’ funeral.
 
J Carlisle
Chair of Barley Parish Council
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Barley Church Village Challenge - help knit a flower tower

Could you knit, crochet or sew a flower for the tower?

 

Big, bold and bright flowers are needed for a spectacular display cascading down Barley Church's tower this summer for a Celebration of the Nations Vaccinations, an event where every family, individual, club, group, society and business can get involved, let's do this together.

 

Save the date for 5th September for a tea party. 

 

Please contact Alison White for instructions and knitting patterns, on 01763 848705 or email alisonwhite@sheepythings.com. There is a box available for completed flowers in the Church porch. 

 

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Flower knitting kits can be purchased from Barley Stores for £2, including full instructions on how to knit the felt flowers. 

 

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Police Rural Village News - March 2021

Operation Gnome has been launched - find out what it involves - a warning on catalytic convertor thefts and the latest local crime news. 

 

Download March's rural newsletter. 

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Granta Medical Practice - March News

It’s amazing to think that the UK has been in an emergency state for a year.  We are now in our third national lockdown, and everyday life has changed beyond all recognition.

 

There is, however, a tiny light at the end of this long, dark tunnel and it is shining just a little brighter day by day with the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

 

As I write this (08/02/2021), we have vaccinated around 7,000 of our patients in cohorts 1 to 4. We continue to work our way through the priority groups, as instructed by NHS England.

 

You may be invited by us, or you may receive an NHS England letter inviting you to attend a mass vaccination centre. It is entirely your choice where you would like to go. All vaccinations are all recorded on a national database so please be assured that you will not be missed.

 

Information about the virus and the vaccine changes daily, sometimes even hourly. To keep completely up to date with the latest guidance it is advisable to look at the Government website www.gov.uk and the NHS UK website www.nhs.uk  If you know of someone who does not have access to a computer and you do, please help them access the latest information.

 

As always, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me direct on 01223 627743 or sandra.east@nhs.net

 

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Granta Pharmacy Update - March

Our new Automated Prescriptions Collection Point in Sawston is now open!  You can collect your medicines 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, including weekends and bank holidays. You will need a valid mobile telephone number, to which a unique pin number will be sent when your prescription is ready for collection. It’s a simple as that.

 

To sign up to this great new service pick up a leaflet from the Sawston dispensing hatch, ring 01223 727530 or email us on capccg.grantadispensing@nhs.net 

 

If you can’t get out to collect your medicines, why not take advantage of our free home delivery service. Please ring 01223 727530 for further information and to sign up.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Police Rural Village News - February 2021

Warning on a new crime involving scammers posing as police officers, and a reminder to dog owners to keep their dogs under control around livestock.

 

Download February's rural newsletter. 

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Granta Medical Practice - February News

COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

At the time of writing, we are about to embark on the mammoth task of vaccinating our 44,000 patients with the COVID-19 vaccinations. Please be assured that everyone will be vaccinated. 

 

However, please remember that we have to vaccinate in accordance with Public Health England’s priority list. Details of the priority list can be found on our website or at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Due to the extreme demand for the vaccine around the country we may get deliveries at short notice, which means we may have to contact you at short notice.   

 

Please note that you will NEVER be asked for payment for a COVID-19 vaccination and any texts, phone calls, or letters requesting payment or bank details should be ignored.

 

Please continue to keep yourself and our community safe by adhering to national restrictions, social distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene.

 

We would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding whilst you wait for your vaccine during this unprecedented time.

 

Sandra East

Granta Communications & Patient Liaison

 

T. 01223 627743

E. capccg.contact.gmp@nhs.net

W. www.grantamedicalpractices.co.uk

Census 2021
Census 2021

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

 

Households across Barley will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

 

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the

exception of 1941.

 

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

 

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said. 

 

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

 

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. 

 

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. 

 

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

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Police Rural Village News - December

Tips on how to stay safe in the festive season and a warning about Christmas shopping scams.

 

Download December's Rural Police newsletter.

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New village noticeboard

 

The old phone box at the top of Smith End Lane has been given a makeover with help from some parish council funding. The classic K6 box dates back to the 1930’s and has been authentically restored using original parts and paint. It now houses a large, free to use community noticeboard, so do pop in if you’re passing.

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Granta Medical Practices - Village News December 2020

Coronavirus

 

We continue to work hard to keep our patients as safe as possible, along with our staff and our community.

 

Patient access continues to be by invitation only, following a prior telephone assessment. If the assessing clinician feels it is clinically necessary to see you, they will arrange for you to come in and see them.

 

Essential care, such as NHS immunisations, blood tests, smear tests, and mother and baby checks, continues to go ahead at selected sites. We carry out temperature checks on both staff and patients to minimise risk. Patients must wear a mask if entering any of our buildings.

 

Coronavirus information changes rapidly. For the very latest news and guidance, please go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Holiday Season Opening Times & Repeat Prescription Schedule

 

 

Day and date

Opening hours

 

Repeat prescription schedule

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 30th Dec

Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 31st Dec

Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)

Closed

Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Saturday 26th December (Boxing Day)

Closed

Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Sunday 27th December

Closed

Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Monday 28th December (Bank Holiday)

Closed

Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Tuesday 29th December

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Wednesday 30th December

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 5th Jan

Thursday 31st December

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 6th Jan

Friday 1st January 2021 (Bank Holiday)

Closed

Place order today, pick up 6th Jan

Saturday 2nd January 2021

Closed

Place order today, pick up 6th Jan

Sunday 3rd January 2021

Closed

Place order today, pick up 6th Jan

Monday 4th January 2021

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 7th Jan

 

You can treat many minor illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home. Make sure you keep stocked up with health care essentials such as pain relief (paracetamol), cough and sore throat remedies, a first aid kit, upset stomach treatment, rehydration treatment and heartburn / indigestion treatment. Having these essentials at home will not only save you time, and help you feel better quicker, but will also help save the NHS much needed resources.

 

Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends.

 

If you need urgent medical assistance when we are closed please use the NHS 111 service.

 

If you have an emergency that poses an immediate threat to life, please ring 999.

 

For further information on alternative services, please go to our website www.grantamedicalpractices.co.uk

 

Repeat Prescriptions

 

Please make sure that you order your repeat prescriptions in a timely manner to ensure you are not without medication over the Christmas and New Year break.

 

We wish you all a healthy and peaceful holiday season.

 

Sandra East

Granta Communications

e. sandra.east@nhs.net

 

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Virtual Parish Council meetings

You will know that Barley Parish Council (BPC) cancelled its monthly meetings in April and May due to the Covid crisis. Clearly the recovery period will be longer than any of us imaged so BPC has decided to go 'virtual'.

 

The first virtual meeting will be held, via Zoom, on Monday 1st June at 7pm. This will be the Annual General Meeting, at which the Chair and Vice Chair will elected for the coming year. It will also be necessary to sign off the Annual Governance and Financial Assessment for external audit.

 

There may be additional items for the agenda which I will publish as usual closer to the meeting date.

 

If you wish to attend you will need to have access to Zoom, and I will send you the joining link if you email me at barley.parishclerk@gmail.com

 

This will be a new way of delivering our public meetings, probably for a few months to come so if you decide to join us in June, there may be a few teething problems so please be patient.