Thank you from Skerne Medical Practice
A big thank you goes to patients for understanding and co-operation over the last few weeks. To help with the provision of an excellent service for you and your family they would like to highlight some ways that patients can help.
Prescription ordering online
Patients can register for an online service to order medications from the comfort of their home without the need to visit or call the surgery. Orders will be processed during working hours (8am-6pm) and sent to the local pharmacy. To arrange to use the service, please call your surgery, and one of the Reception Team will be happy to set it up for you. You will receive a unique username and password (please keep them secure). The website is https://SystmOnline.tpp-uk.com. There is also an app, SystmOnline which can be downloaded on iOS (Apple) or Android devices.
Electronically transferring prescriptions
You can also arrange for the practice to transfer prescriptions to your local pharmacy, so you don’t need to make unnecessary journeys. This includes repeat dispensing for patients who are stable on suitable medications. Please allow a little longer than the normal 48 hours for pharmacies to prepare prescriptions during the current lockdown.
It’s really important to keep these updated so that you can receive the latest information by text message or email. If your mobile telephone number or email address has changed, please call the surgery and let them know.
With your help we can ensure everyone gets the best care possible during these challenging times. Please stay well and safe at home.
Christian Aid Week (10-16 May)
At this time of the year our 50+ volunteer collectors would normally be gearing up to take part in the annual house to house collection here in Sedgefield, Bradbury and Mordon for Christian Aid.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 situation this event cannot now take place. Instead Christian Aid are moving online and are building a vibrant, virtual Christian Aid Week so we can all take part.
They would love you to join in to show love for our neighbours near and far. We will put the banners and posters out on display to advertise the week and invite you to make your gift online at Caweek.org.
Thank you for your continued support. David and Margaret Glass
Feeling The Tension
Corona Virus or COVID-nineteen,
The worst pandemic that we've ever seen.
With Sedgefield in lock-down and most feeling blue,
As time goes by what more can we do?
Houses all spring cleaned, grass is all cut
A daily walk past shops that are shut.
Folks tap on keyboards and on the phone,
A whole new world, working from home.
Those that are furloughed, a new word for me,
Stand in a queue to get something for tea.
The two metre rule must get a mention,
As we fill our baskets, feeling the tension.
Social media works overtime, video, chat,
Now self isolation, we’re managing that.
When all this is over, it will make us think
How lucky we are, heading out for a drink!
Confined to Barracks
We were jogging along quite nicely
Then one day it came out of the blue,
A pandemic from China has hit us
Much worse than the seasonal flu
We've all been confined to barracks
No cavorting or mixing, the like,
But hand washing, scrubbing and cleaning
When I'd rather go out on me bike!
We've three or more months of confinement,
All filled with boredom for sure,
The bank balance is going to be healthy,
‘Cos we can’t go shopping no more!
Mrs Jane Lombard
Jottings from a bunker
Well, it’s ten days into my battle against the deadly coronavirus and already I detect the longing to see another friendly face. (My husband, bless him, is a friendly face, but he too is undergoing self-isolation).
At last I feel I am winning the battle. Long coughing bouts resulting in panic if I feel I can’t breathe, complete lack of interest in food, tendency to lose my balance, fluctuating temperatures, some confusion (worse than normal!) are all receding, thank heavens.
It’s only when you undergo this kind of isolation that you realise how much pleasure you get each day from greetings from passers-by, the artless prattle of children in coffee-shops, friendly bits of chat with shop assistants and bar staff, smiles from strangers and, as a Bloomer, the encouragement and support from fellow-citizens enjoying the results of your labours. All are temporarily on hold.
I have been very grateful for the phone-calls, texts, and e-mails from neighbours, friends and family, but there is something missing if you don’t see people face-to-face. Skyping comes close but it doesn’t quite provide the warmth, the personal communication and the emotion. Soon I will be ‘free’, at least to stand two metres from other people! I am so looking forward to going out to buy some milk!
I know life will not return to normality for some time, but I do hope we will all have learnt to value better the importance of living in a friendly community like Sedgefield, where people look out for each other and enjoy a joke or a bit of a gossip. A smile is such a precious commodity.
One man and his dog!
Here's me, Tony Kenny and my little dog, Halle, enjoying Sedgefield News in these testing times. Thank you for keeping the news flowing.
Just what the team needed to hear!
Thanks Tony. Editor
Community spirit is alive in these uncertain times
Residents of Willowdene Care Home were delighted to receive a very special package from the children of Sedgefield Primary School, whose gorgeous pictures & letters really cheered up residents when they received them in the morning post. Angela Penman, activities coordinator at Willowdene, took them round to residents and helped them to read the letters where needed.
They pinned pictures and letters onto the residents’ doors so they see can them often. Everyone hopes that one day the children can visit for juice & cake, to meet their new friends at Willowdene. “This lovely gesture has had a huge impact on residents.
We are so grateful, thank you.”