Friday, 15 December 2017

Health Matters Don't forget your Meds!

As we said on Health Matters on TUE, Don't forget your medications! Now is a good time to re-order your medicines in time for the busy holiday period. Follow the link for a handy list of pharmacy opening times this Christmas and New Year http://ow.ly/1jEu30hb3RY

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Charlotte's Film Club: Die Another Day

Charlotte's final Bond Film this week is 'Die Another Day', moving on from Daniel Craig's 007 to Pierce Brosnan's. Madonna created the title song for this 2002 release.


007 is imprisoned while infiltrating in North Korea, and subject to a gruelling prison sentence. Convinced that someone in his own agency betrayed him, Bond escapes from custody and travels to Cuba, hot on the heels of Zao (Rick Yune), the agent who put him behind bars. Meanwhile, Bond begins romancing NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry) as he uncovers a scheme concocted by Zao and British millionaire Graves (Toby Stephens), involving a highly destructive laser.



Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Charlotte's Film Club: Spectre

Another Bond Film for today's Film Club, as Charlotte looks at the most recent expedition by the spy, 'Spectre'.

Featuring an opening by Sam Smith 'The Writings on the Wall', this film sees Bond uncover the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE, and travelling across the globe to infiltrate it . As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Monica Belluci, Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista also star.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Charlotte's Film Club: Casino Royale

Next on this week's Film Club, Charlotte looks at Daniel Craig's first Bond role 'Casino Royale', featuring the title song 'You Know My name' by Chris Cornell.

British Secret Service agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) is sent to Madagascar after receiving his licence to kill , where he uncovers a link to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who finances terrorist organizations. Learning that Le Chiffre plans to raise money in a high-stakes poker game, MI6 sends Bond to play against him, the stakes increasing at every turn.



Health Matters; NHS Rationing, Christmas Opening, 111, and Good Neighbours



Five Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

  • Don’t Give Your GP A Hard Time!
  • Christmas Opening Hours
  • The 111 Service
  • Twelve Tips for Winter
  • Be A Good Neighbour


1. New NHS Rationing 

Back in the Summer our local Clinical Commissioning Group held a “Let’s Talk” Campaign. The outcome – rationing – and it’s already started.

·        From 12 October:
o   IVF and other specialist fertility treatments are no longer funded. The decision is to be reviewed after one year. One treatment cycle for ‘paused’ patients.
·        From 1 December:
o   Stop prescribing over-the-counter medicines and gluten-free food
o   Female sterilisation only funded in exceptional circumstances
o   Vasectomies to be done locally – not in hospital.
·        In Early 2018
o   Fitness for elective surgery – Decision to require increased weight loss for obese and morbidly obese patients and for smokers to quit before non‐urgent surgery
So if your GP suddenly tells you that one of these situations has arisen and he can’t do anything about it, don’t give him a hard time! For all the details:

2. Christmas Opening Hours

This is a good time to check that you have enough of your medications to cover the Christmas/ New Year period. As Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are on a Monday this year, that period from Friday 22nd DEC to WED 3rd JAN will be a long ten days! Repeat prescriptions will need to be ordered in good time – typically before TUE DEC 19 so there’s just a week left!

And check out the opening hours for both your Surgery and Pharmacy. Opening hours will be published on the Commissioning Group web site, but weren’t live at the time of posting this blog! Go to http://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/

3. The 111 Service

If you face a medical problem, “who you gonna call?” (with acknowledgement to Ghostbusters!). For years we would naturally go for 999, but, that’s no longer the best answer! The 111 service is greatly improved and should be your first priority; even if it’s an emergency, they can still handle it. Of course, if it’s an issue of life and death, it’s still best to go for 999!

4. Twelve Tips for Winter
Are you ready for winter? Here’s a great 12-point checklist and see how ready you are. Here’s the url

I scored just 8/12; can you beat that?

5. Be A Good Neighbour

With Christmas coming up, do try and remember anyone who may be lonely or infirm. This is a period in which we make the most of our time with family and friends; but it can also a time when people on their own are at their lowest ebb. So do try and share that Christmas Spirit with them


And finally – very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year