Village Information Poster for MAY

Dean & Smedley Pharmacy working closely with the Medical Unit

We encourage you to visit the chemist first, rather than come to the Morning Surgery, if you have any of the following:

* Sore throat if less than 7 days duration

* Cough, if less than 2 weeks duration

* Colds for any duration

* Sickness / Diarrhoea if less than 3 days duration

* Constipation if less than 2 weeks duration

* Thrush if aged between 16 and 60 years old

* Morning After Pill if aged under 25 years old

We’re working closely with Dean & Smedley Pharmacy on Measham High Street, and they will see you quicker than your having to wait for an appointment to see a doctor. You are still able to see a doctor for any of the above, but you may have to wait for an hour or so at busy times.

~~~~~~ Are you a keen gardener, and would you be prepared to give a little time to helping us with this project? If you’d like to find out more, please come along to a meeting in the Medical Unit on Monday 14 May, 2pm – 3pm. We’re planning to create some opportunities for patients to be involved in tending one or two small areas of garden, under the watchful eye of more-experienced gardeners.

Village Information Poster for APRIL 2018


WASTED: £2500 Last month we had approximately £2500 worth of medications returned that had to be destroyed – a huge cost to the NHS. You can help by only requesting repeat prescriptions which you actually need. Please make sure your repeat medications ordering slip is accurate and kept up-to-date.

DID YOU KNOW? You can order repeat medications, book appointments and view your summary medical information on our website. All you need is a pin and password from us – please ask at reception next time you are at the Medical Unit.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Our last appointments are at 5-25pm. Lines at the surgery are open until 6-30pm (Monday – Friday)

We are open on Saturday mornings from 8am until 11:50am for emergencies- please telephone the surgery first.

We also deal with minor injuries during our entire opening hours.

Also, if a Doctor or a Nurse asks you to have a blood test you don’t need an appointment. We have an open access service every day from 08:00 until 10:30.

Local History Cafe at the Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna


About Local History Café

Local History Cafés are community based heritage and wellbeing get-togethers for nearby residents aged 50 and over experiencing, or at risk of, social isolation and loneliness.

Beauty and Utility Arts, the Leicestershire based social enterprise behind the project, work in partnership with heritage sites, supporting them to draw on their fascinating collections, knowledge and spaces to positively contribute towards the growing issue of loneliness amongst older community members. In return, organisations open their doors to a wealth of stories, adding layers of interest to their own work.

Katherine Brown, Director of Beauty and Utility Arts commented ‘Local History Cafes offer a really great way for people to get together with other like minded residents in a very supportive environment. Sharing of information works both ways, and at existing cafes we’ve met some fascinating people and found out all sorts of interesting things together. There are many, many different reasons someone may be feeling lonely, and we want people to know they are very welcome to join us.’


Local History Cafes take place on a monthly basis and comprise of tea and cake over a catch up, a heritage themed presentation and a related activity. All the heritage sites taking part have access to a blog space and social media, and a big part of the project is getting different venues and communities talking to each other about what they're up to to inspire others.

We are delighted to announce the Sir John Moore Foundation in Appleby Magna as a new Local History Cafe member and their first café will take place on Tuesday 28th November 10 – 12.30. Each session costs £3, payable on the day, and support towards

transport may be available upon request for local residents. Spaces are limited, so to find out more, or book a place, contact Becky Gravener by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Sir John Moore Foundation on 01530 273629

Sonia Liff, Heritage Volunteer at the Sir John Moore Foundation, is looking forward to the first Local History Cafe saying ‘ We’re very pleased to be part of this popular project and look forward to welcoming visitors old and new. We play an important part in our local community and relish the opportunity to do even more.’


The rollout of Local History Cafes in the East Midlands has been made possible by funding from Museum Development East Midlands, who support the improvement and sustainability of museums and heritage sites around the region.


Photo courtesy of the Lutterworth Local History Cafe.



Additional information on loneliness from The Campaign to End Loneliness (

Loneliness and social isolation in the United Kingdom


17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)

Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)

Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)

63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report, feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)

59% of adults aged over 52 who report poor health say they feel lonely some of the time or often, compared to 21% who say they are in excellent health (Beaumont, 2013)

A higher percentage of women than men report feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)

· The impact of loneliness on our health


Loneliness is a bigger problem than simply an emotional experience. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is worse for us than well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity. Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%.

Other ways to stay in touch:

· Facebook group – search for Local History Café and ask to join

· Twitter - @LocalHistoryCaf · Website -

· E-Newsletter (with all Beauty and Utility Arts project information) - sign up at

· Beauty and Utility Arts website

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