Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @Abbie_Gathard sponsored by @FightingCocksSA





Today we were joined by the illustrous Abbie Gathard! As per usual we asked her to perform 2
original songs and a cover. Her original songs were 'Mr. Why' and 'Start Again' and she graced us with a cover of Radiohead's 'Creep'

You can find Abbie on:
Twitter (@Abbie_Gathard)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/abbie.gathard15/)

You can find Abbie's music on:
Deezer (https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/14591777
Spotify
iTunes

If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again! Wow, isn't the Internet just great
http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/

Monday, 18 June 2018

Local Theater News

Tonight on Drivetime Liz Widdowson joined us for an update on whats happening in our local theaters.
Maltings Art Theatre

Herts Jazz Club – Pete Long’s Sextet
19th June - 19.30

Pete Long – Clarinet, George Hogg – Trumpet, Callum Au – Trombone, Rob Barron – Piano, Joe Pettitt – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Space and Space Travel form the theme of this week’s selection by the Peter Long Sextet. Expect some of Ellington’s musings on the subject such as Blues In Orbit and Ballet of the Flying Saucers, some conveniently entitled standards – Star Eyes, Stardust, Pete’s jazz reworking of the entire Planets Suite by Gustav Holst and, of course, Star Trek to finish it all off. Great fun, fancy dress optional!

www.plong.co.uk

Tickets: £16/£15/£12


Breakaway Theatre Company are proud to be returning to The Inn On The Park for their annual outdoor Summer Shakespeare production, on 28th-30th June and 5th-7th July 2018.



  

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 15th June 2018

Welcome to Simon's picks for the week of free-to-air TV movies.

Friday
Men in Black (1997)
7.05pm – 9.00pm
Film 4


Saturday
Romancing the Stone (1984)
6.50pm – 9.00pm
Film4


Sunday
Field of Dreams (1989)
4.45pm – 6.50pm
Film4


The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
6.50pm
Film4


Monday
Mama Mia (2008)
8.00pm – 10.10pm
ITV3


Tuesday
Marshland (2014)
12.55am – 3.05am
Film4


Wednesday
Momentum (2015)
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Film4


Thursday
The Bodyguard (1992)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
5STAR

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Health Matters - Opt Out, Care Records, Extended Access, New Hospital



Six Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

  •       National Data Opt Out
  •       My Care Record
  •       GP Extended Access
  •       Carers’ Week
  •       A New Hospital?
  •       NHS at 70

1. National Data Opt-Out
Imagine going to your doctor’s surgery; a receptionist will enter information into the PC in front of them, a nurse or a doctor will key in information when you see them; it is all patient data! But further – it’s your data! And yours to control. But where does it all go once it’s keyed in?

For years, only the surgery could see it; and therefore it was safe. But now it’s all uploaded to a central system managed by NHS Digital, and it can be used further. So how can it be used:
  •       For your direct care – for example at A&E or when you’re away from home.
  •       For response to critical emergencies – fir example a flu epidemic.
  •       For planning purposes – for example to answer questions like “how many people are diabetic in Hertfordshire?
  •       For research purposes – either within the NHS or by the pharmaceutical companies.
For the NHS web site that explains it all, go to https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/ 

But there are many more databases than just the one at your surgery; imagine going into Hospital, or A&E; they’ll have lots of data too; that’s called Hospital Episode Statistics and the NHS has been selling that (in anonymised form) for some time! Are you happy for your personal data to be used in this way? Well up to now, you didn’t have a choice; but GDPR and May 25th changed all that! In the main, most of us would say that, if our data helps others then that’s all fine. But is it safe?

For many years people have argued that if data is to be shared it should meet three criteria; it must be:
  •       Open
  •       Consensual
  •       Safe

And if you’d like to see how all of the data that the NHS holds on you matches up to those three criteria there’s a full list here https://medconfidential.org/for-patients/loopholes/  

From May 25 – “GDPR Day” – the NHS has given you a choice; it’s called the National Data Opt Out. For full details go to https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/ . You can opt out of your data being shared for anything apart from your direct care. And for what to do if you do decide to opt out, go to

For some time now people have been able to express an opt out to the NHS; so far their wishes have been ignored. People who have already opted out should receive a letter about the National Opt Out; I’m still waiting for mine! Have you received one yet?

There is a huge issue around anonymisation; there are two approaches to this, pseudonymisation – identifiable data is scrambled by a random formula; and anonymisation – identifiable data is removed. There is a view that under only fully anonymised data is acceptable; although that view is taken in Ireland and in many EU countries, it is still undecided in the UK.

2. My Care Record
Your records are being shared for your direct care; the process is known as “My Care Record”. If you’re taken to Watford A&E and a healthcare professional needs to access your record they will be able to do it provided you give your consent. They will only be able to see the record; they won’t be able to add to it or change it in any way.

3. GP Extended Access
We talked about Extended Access last month; that’s another example of where your records are being shared with others for your direct care.  So, if you’d prefer a doctors’ appointment in the evenings or at weekends, you should be able to book one through your Surgery. These appointments may be another surgery acting as a "hub"; here are the hours at which this service is currently available; the plan is to introduce early mornings soon.

Day
Times
Weekdays
18.30 – 20.00
Saturdays
09.00 – 13.00 & 15.00 – 19.00
Sundays
09.00 – 13.00

Our choice of evening and weekend appointments should be on an equal footing to normal hours appointments. For further information check your Practice web site; for example, for Lodge Surgery Patients go to (it’s embedded on a page on privacy so you’ll need to page down!).
https://www.lodgesurgery.co.uk/practice-information/privacy-notice/

4. Carers’ Week
This week is carers’ week; time to celebrate the great job they do for people in our area. In a recent survey, 38% of carers locally stated that they had lost touch with friends and family as a consequence of their caring duties. There are a number of events for carers organised in Hertfordshire during Carers’ Week; just go to http://www.carersinherts.org.uk/how-we-can-help/carers-week-2018 for a full list.

5. A New Hospital?
Should we have a new centrally locate hospital? There’s a new group with an inaugural meeting next week – June 20. For details, go to http://www.hertsvalleyshospital.co.uk/

6. NHS at 70To celebrate the NHS, turns 70 on July 5th make a pledge – go here for details go to http://www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/Engagement/nhs70/NHS70.pdf

As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge, I’m 2 miles ahead!

So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @minniebirch sponsored by @FightingCocksSA




Our guest on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions was singer-songwriter; Minnie Birch. As always we asked the Minnie to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which she performed were "Cash Out",an old football song and "Wise Words" and her cover was of Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancing"

You can fin her Twitter her: @minniebirch
You can buy her music here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/minnie-birch/342181366
her Facebook here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/minniebirch/

if you missed Minnie's performances, listen again here!
http://www.radioverulam.com/listenagain/