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Newsletters Summer 2019

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Hay fever

Hay fever medicines suitable for self-care and available to buy over the counter have been removed from your repeat prescription in line with NHS England guidance and the Derbyshire self-care policy Hay fever medicines have been removed from your repeat prescription in line with new NHS England guidance. These items are available to purchase from your local pharmacy or supermarket. For info on how to self-care visit

This is part of a national campaign to encourage the population to become more self-care aware and empower people to treat themselves for minor conditions instead of visiting their GP first. This change also aims to release appointments in the system for people with more serious conditions as well as reducing spend for the NHS on medication.

If you have visited the Practice recently you will have seen our brightly coloured posters and information leaflets promoting the Derbyshire ‘Be Self-care Aware’ campaign. This campaign also asks GPs to review current repeat prescribing to ensure items which are available to buy over the counter are removed where appropriate.

We would like to remind you of the valuable service your community pharmacy offers. They are trained professionals who are able to talk through your symptoms, offering advice and reassurance on how long these may last and what to do if these continue or get worse. Please ask them for the most appropriate cost effective treatment if and when this is required.

We would also encourage you to visit the Stay Well Derbyshire website ( to find out more information on how to self-care, you can also find more information on the NHS England website & search for ‘OTC guidance

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Duffield Good Neighbours’ Wheel

A Duffield group working to improve the lives of the over-50s in the village has produced a very helpful source of information aimed specifically at this age group called the Good Neighbours’ Wheel.

The leaflet draws together contact details for all the various service providers including the Weston Centre, Amber Valley CVS and church-run groups, and includes contacts for groups that can help with health and wellbeing, getting out and about, emergency contacts, financial assistance, leisure activities and household advice.

Paper copies can be found at the Weston Centre, in Duffield Library or from Duffield news; the full version of the Wheel can also be downloaded below as a PDF file at

If you have a neighbour or family member who might benefit from this information, why not pass them a copy?


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Carers’ Meeting – 6 Aug 2019


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In November 2011, with the help from two Appletree receptionist ‘Care Champions’, a coffee morning was initiated to bring together some of the 70 ‘carers ’ registered with the practice (those with full time responsibility, usually a relative, who needs looking after at home or in residential care) for friendship, support and information.

Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA), with the help of members of the Patient Participation Group (PPG) ‘Friends of Carers’ run a bi-monthly session at The Weston Centre, where coffee/tea and biscuits are served. The aim is to befriend the carers, listen to their concerns and wherever possible to find speakers to answer their queries and for them to haveinput into the system. So far we have had speakers from Derbyshire Carers’ Association and Social Services, one speaking about ‘Care Allowances’ and one about ‘Assessment Criteria’. Other speakers are planned for the future.

If you are a registered ‘carer’ you will be made very welcome at our bi-monthly forums, which are held on a Tuesday at The Weston Centre, Duffield. (If you have not yet registered as a carer with the surgery, please complete the online form). Come on your own or bring the ‘cared for’ person with you. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served.  The next forum is on:

Tuesday 6th August 2019

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

The Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield, Belper  DE56 4ER

If you have any queries, please telephone Sarah Lakin on (01332) 843282 or email her at [email protected]

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PPG Meeting – 31 July 2019

We are particularly fortunate to have a very active Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Appletree. It is becoming increasingly important that the patients’ collective voice is heard when it comes to the design and delivery of healthcare.
The PPG:

  • Works with the Practice to offer the patient perspective on the services it provides.
  • Helps to improve communication between the Practice and the patient population.
  • Encourages patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  • Provides practical support for others in the community.

A PPG is NOT the Practice’s complaint system (there is a robust complaints procedure in place); nor is it a forum to air personal issues. But neither is it a Doctors fan club. To be valuable the PPG must have the confidence to challenge the Practice in line with any issue brought forward. It should be self organising and patient led.

The benefits of an effective PPG are felt by the patients, the Practice and the wider community in which it operates.

If you are interested in learning more about the PPG please ask for a leaflet at reception. Alternatively you are very welcome to attend a meeting. The Group meets bi-monthly and the dates are published on the Practice web site.

Next Wednesday 31st July 2019 at 7.00pm

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