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We have a new NHS initiative to tell you about this month; the “Wasted Medicines” and the “Open the Bag” campaigns.


In the East & North Herts area it is estimated that £3 million unused medicines are wasted each year, and some think that this is a conservative estimate. There are many reasons for this but it is hoped that significant changes can be achieved by adhering to the “Open the bag” campaign where we encourage all patients, carers etc to check the contents of the medication bag before leaving the dispensary. Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) have been very active in this regard and there will be notices and posters in the waiting room and on the website. Please help us reduce this wastage.


Our PPG also held its second cookery/healthy eating demonstration in Little Hadham Village Hall on 13th November. It was attended by 34 souls who were, by all accounts, very well fed and the evening was a great success. So thank you to all who organised and attended, which included Dr Oates (anything for a free meal!) I, myself, was otherwise engaged at a dress rehearsal for Great Expectations, a production by Much Hadham drama group which I hope a few of you attended.


Wishing you a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year on behalf of all of us all at Much Hadham Health Centre.




Dr Paul Haimes





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