DOWN AT THE DOCTORS
What a great evening we had in Much Hadham Village Hall on Friday 11th October. Thank you to Russell Savory for his very entertaining and informative presentation, and to all those who helped make the evening a success. Approximately £1500 was raised for our trust fund which means the trustees will need to work a bit harder to find useful ways to spend it; all for the benefit of our patients, of course.
There were changes to our dispensary staff during October. We are sad to be losing Abbie Fields, who is moving to a job much closer to where she lives, and we wish her well. Our new dispenser will be Linda Clark who is very experienced, having worked at PAH, Boots and another GP dispensing surgery. She even did a locum for us a few years ago! Linda cannot cover all the hours Abbie worked but we have been training up a couple of staff, namely Elaine Hodges and Ellie Jones, who will work the extra hours and keep us in line with NHS guidelines.
Whilst on the subject of the dispensary, I have been asked to remind you all to try not to panic order in the lead up to Christmas. Our girls dispense almost 10,000 prescription items each month and will usually turn these around in well under the 72hr timeline recommended by NHS England. However, in previous years the pre-Christmas demand for extra medication and orders being requested earlier than usual etc. puts extra pressure on our staff which could potentially lead to errors. So please try to help us.
Finally; thank you to my old sparring partner, Colin Brookbanks, for chairing the presentation on 11th October. Not only did he do a grand job, but he also wears the same shoes as me (or do I wear the same as he?) January will see us both treading the boards in the Little Hadham panto; him as a mad Professor and me as a woman…..twas ever thus!!
Dr Paul Haimes