Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Forrest Gump

Today on the Film Club, Charlotte picks one of Tom Hanks' most iconic roles, in 1994's 'Forrest Gump'.

The slow-witted Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and leaves a life that is anything but dull and uneventful. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save -- his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).

Robert Zemeckis directed the film, which won multiple Oscars in 1995.

The Drivetime Sessions with @thepapersnakes sponsored by @FightingcocksSA




On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local duo Papersnakes. They performed their songs 'Simple Song' and 'Fields of Dreams', and performed a cover of Coldplay's 'Yellow'.

For more information about Papersnakes you can visit their website at www.facebook.com/thepapersnakes

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Howard Linskey- "The Chosen Ones" @HowardLinskey

Today we chatted to local author Howard Linskey about his upcoming crime novel 'The Chosen Ones', which is being released in June and is the fourth book in the 'DS Bradshaw series.'  This series follows DS Bradshaw, a detective, and two investigative journalists who investigate the same crimes from different perspectives and collaborate to solve the crimes.  The novels are set in the '90s in North Eastern England, because Howard himself worked as a journalist in Northern England in the '90s.  Setting his novels in the '90s also means that he can use more plot devices: the lack of technology means that it is harder to trace criminals, due to the lack of CCTV and phone tracking. 

Howard also told us that writing novels with recurring characters can be a double edged sword: on the one hand the author knows the characters very well, but on the other hand it is very easy to include details contradicting things in previous books. 

Howard has published 7 books in total, and 'The Chosen Ones' will be his 8th.  In addition to crime novels, he has also written WW2 historical fiction. Howard also recently appeared on CBS' series 'Written in Blood', about crime writers who base crimes in their novels on real life cases and criminals.  On this show Howard talked about how he based the psyche of one of his villains on the notorious moors murderer Ian Brady.

"The Chosen Ones" is about a series of unlinked women who disappear with no reason.  It will be available for preorder in June!   He has just started the 5th book in this series, which is scheduled for release in 2019.  All Howard's books are also available as audiobooks. 

Howard's Twitter
Howard's Website

Charlotte's Film Club: Toy Story

The Film Club is still all about the best of Tom Hanks this week, with Charlotte looking at animated classic 'Toy Story' next!

Woody the cowboy doll is a kindhearted leader of the toys belonging to a young boy named Andy, but sees his position as Andy's favorite toy jeopardized when his parents buy him a Buzz Lightyear action figure. The two clash immediately, with Buzz believing he really is a space ranger from another galaxy, but must work together to find Andy when they are lost moving to a new home.

The voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen star as the iconic Woody the cowboy and Buzz Lightyear respectively.

 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Terminal

This week, the Film Club is all about everyone's favourite actor, Tom Hanks. Charlotte spends today talking about Hanks' role in 2004 Drama-comedy 'The Terminal'.

Hanks stars as Viktor Navorski, an Eastern European tourist who arrives at JFK airport in New York as war breaks out in his country, leaving him caught up in international politics. Because of the war, the Department of Homeland Security won't let him enter or exit the United States. He's trapped at JFK -- indefinitely. While living inside the airport, Viktor finds himself falling for a flight attendant played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride and Diego Luna also feature.

 

Sustainable St Albans Week -Photo Competition



Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 Launches “Living St Albans” Photography Competition for School-Aged Children & Young People.

Children and young people in St Albans, Harpenden, and the surrounding areas are being invited to take part in “Living St Albans”, a photography competition showcasing sustainable living throughout the district.

The competition is open to anyone at Infant, Junior or Secondary School and prizes include £100 for the winner of each age category. There are also prizes for the best-combined entry (e.g. a photo montage) from a school, year, class, or youth group.


“The photo competition is a great way for young people to look at what’s going on around them and think about the impact we all have on our environment”. Miranda Wilkins, 17, studying A-levels at St Albans High School. Miranda, who enjoys taking photos when she’s out and about, also went to the Paris Climate Change conference in 2015 for Sustainable St Albans Week’s ‘Postcards to Paris’ initiative.

Participants are encouraged to use one of the 10 themes of environmental sustainability as a focus for their submission:

• Health and happiness
• Equity and local economy
• Culture and community
• Land and nature
• Sustainable water
• Local and sustainable food
• Materials and products
• Travel and transport
• Zero waste
• Zero carbon

Entrants have until 5pm on 29th March to submit their photograph, along with a short description (25 words max) explaining their work. More information and an entry form can be found here http://sustweek18photocomp.co.uk/

The top three photographs in each age category will be displayed at the “Know How Festival”, the final event of Sustainable St Albans Week 2018, on Sunday 29th April 2018. The photography exhibition will also be on show at a number of sites across the district.


“The photo competition is a new initiative to help get young people thinking about the environment, and to encourage participation in the Week”. Gail Jackson, Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 Communications Team.

Sustainable St Albans Week is from 21st – 29th April 2018 and you have until 15th January to register your event. More information about how to join in this award-winning local initiative is available on the website www.sustainablestalbans.org

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Friday, 26 January 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 26th January 2018

Friday 26th January - Simon's pick of films for the week

Friday
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
5STAR


Saturday
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
1.30pm – 4.15pm
BBC2


Sunday
How to train your dragon (2010)
4.55pm – 6.40pm
Channel 4



Monday
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
8.00pm – 11.05pm
E4

Tuesday
East is East (1999)
9.00pm – 11.00pm
More4


Wednesday
A Walk in the Woods (2015)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
Film4


Thursday
Thunderball (1965)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
ITV4

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Lion

Charlotte rounds off our week of Nicole Kidman's best features with 'Lion' the 2016 drama.

Based on a true story, five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar and Rooney Mara star.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Drivetime Sessions with @pheeniie sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the singer-songwriter Phoenix O'Neill. She performed her singles 'Alien' and 'I Need You', and performed a cover of 'Valerie', from the version by The Zutons.   

For more information on Phoenix you can visit her Soundcloud page here.

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.



Charlotte's Film Club: The Others

The Film Club this week continues to celebrate the works of Oscar Winner Nicole Kidman. Today 'The Others' is the film of choice.

This drama from 2001 sees Grace (Nicole Kidman), the devoutly religious mother of two children, move her family to the English coast during World War II. She awaits word on her missing husband while protecting her children from a rare photosensitivity disease that causes the sun to harm them. When the children claim to see ghosts, Grace initially thinks the new servants are playing tricks but chilling events and visions make her believe something supernatural has occurred.

 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Dogville

Charlotte and Danny continue the discuss the best of Nicole Kidman's works, today looking at 'Dogville'

This 2003 crime-drama focuses on a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace (Nicole Kidman) hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors

Today we spoke to Gwendoline Alderton, our very own interior design correspondent about the latest design trends. 
Colour is a brilliant way to bring freshness and light to your home.  Ultraviolet is the colour of the year, and instead of being the invisible frequency of light, is a dark and mysterious purple.  It works well with other colours, such as greys, and can be blended with white and teal to create a nurturing and invigorating room.  Gwendoline advised us not to use this colour for all the walls because it can make a room feel dark and oppressive.  Instead she suggested painting just one wall ultraviolet and creating a 'feature wall', or to accent the darker colour with a contrasting colour.  You could also go for a harmonious colour scheme, by using colours which are next to each other on the colour wheel, or go for a feature piece of furniture in an interesting colour.
The 'colour of the year' is predicted by paint experts such as Pantone and Dulux, who look at the economy and the environment to work out which colours will be popular in the coming year. 
Individuality is also an important theme within interior design this year.  Creating a space in your home which expresses your personality and makes you feel comfortable is key- perhaps try to link your individuality with a common colour or texture within the room.

Gwendoline's website

Monday, 22 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Moulin Rouge!

This week on Charlotte's Film Club, we'll be looking at the very best of Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman.

Our first film of the week is 'Moulin Rouge!' from 2001. This romantic drama takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet (Ewan McGregor), who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star (Nicole Kidman).

John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent and Richard Roxburgh also star.

 

Round-up of top science discoveries of 2017 with @smrolfe

Radio Verulam Science Feature 22-01-2018
Some of the top science discoveries and stories from 2017

Sam and Danny discussed the following stories:

Giant Pandas and Humpback whales no longer endangered
Thanks to conservation efforts both species are no longer endangered and wild panda populations have grown by 17 % since 2007.

Hole in the Ozone layer is healing
Since the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer, CFCs were banned in products in the late 1980s, early 1990s, since then we have been monitoring the size and shape of the hole. This is the first time that we have been able to estimate the healing of the hole to somewhere between 2050 and 2070.

Cure for the common cold?
A gene-targeting drug is being developed that may be able to cure all examples of the virus could be available by 2027. It targets the genes responsible for the assembly of the virus, which can attack all varieties, unlike a vaccine. Vaccines encourage drug resistance, whereas this is like pouring sand into a clock mechanism, disabling it.

Organ transplant breakthrough
Human-pig embryos have been created, potentially paving the way for doctors to be able to grow an unlimited supply of organs.

Brain implant helps quadriplegic man
He was able to move his fingers after he broke his neck six years ago, thanks to a cybernetic implant in his brain

Malaria death rates drop
Death rates have fallen by 60 % since 2000, translating to 6.2 million lives saved over the past 17 years, thanks to efforts to control and eliminate the disease.


These are the stories we didn’t have time to get to:

A new state of matter – time-crystals
Solid, liquid, gas, plasma, Bose-Einstein condensates and now, time-crystals. Time crystals have a repeating crystal structure, not just in space, but also in time. This discovery could help revolutionise quantum computing. They are a material that can have movement, even at their lowest energy state, by periodically switching the alignment of the atoms inside the crystal.

Therapy that reverses ageing in mice
Scientists in the Netherlands have developed a molecule that purges the damaged cells in tissues that build up promoting age-related diseases. Elderly mice re-grew fur and could out-run untreated mice by twice the distance.

Physicist creates drip-free wine bottle
An additional small groove at the top of the bottle saves every drop! Because glass is hydrophilic (‘water-loving’), it attracts the wine as it pours out. The groove forces droplets to fall with the wine as it pours or return to the bottle.

For more details, pictures and videos, visit the sources below.




Friday, 19 January 2018

Coming up next week on West Herts Drivetime (w/b 22nd Jan 2018) including @smrolfe, @pheeniie, and @FBerrynews

On Monday, Space Dr Sam talks Science.


Regular feature "Interior Design" with Gwendoline Alderton, find out how to bring a cosy winter touch to your home on Tuesday.

Drivetime Sessions on Wednesday welcomes Phoenix O'Neill, who will play original songs and the regular required cover.

On Thursday, Danny will get local news stories from Franki Berry from the Herts Ad.

And Friday brings the usual Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver...

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 19th January 2018

Simon was in the studio again to talk at length about the 10 top movies in the box office as well as his choice of free-to-air TV for the coming week:

Friday
Idiocracy (2006)
9.00pm – 10.40pm
Film4

Saturday
Sicario (2015)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4


Sunday
The Sting (1973)
11.00pm – 1.30am
ITV3



Monday
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
8.00pm – 10.15pm
E4


Tuesday
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
More4


Wednesday
The Madness of King George (1995)
7.50pm – 10.00pm
Film4+1


Thursday
Pulp Fiction (1994)
9.00pm – 12.00am
Film4

Liz from Fleetville Community Centre tells us about the history and upcoming new build


Fleetville is a widely multi-cultural area in St Albans and the Community Centre brings a secular space for the residents to host community events.

Open for a total of 75 years, the building became a community centre from around the late 1970s, previously a nursery.

Upcoming events include:
Friday 26th Jan - 7:30 pm - Burns Night, book in advance.
Friday 23rd Feb - 7:30 pm - Big Quiz
Friday 16th March - 7:30 pm - Silent Disco

Other regular uses of the building that you can get involved with include: a nursery, Bridge club, learn IT skills, cooking classes, play table tennis, painting, rehearsing for plays and learn about Fleetville's full and amazing history.

The new build will be replace the current pre-fab building, which was only meant for around 10 years use. It is not fuel efficient and cracks and damp patches are appearing...!

'Friends of Fleetville Community Centre' are always looking for people to join their team, helping with organising events and to raise money for the new build. You don't have to live in Fleetville!

For more details visit: www.fleetville.org.uk
Email: info@fleetville.org.uk
Tel: 01727 836 843

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: High Fidelity

Charlotte rounds off a week of Jack Black films with 2000 Drama/Romance "High Fidelity".

John Cusack stars as the owner of a failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music on vinyl. Although they have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and are consumed by the music scene, it's of no help to Rob when his long-time girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, his two friends, played by Jack Black and Todd Louiso.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Shallow Hal

Another Jack Black comedy for today's Film Club, as Charlotte and Danny discuss "Shallow Hal" from 2001.

The story revolves around Hal (Jack Black) who, taking his dying father's advice, dates only the embodiments of female physical perfection. But that all changes after Hal has an unexpected run-in with self-help guru Tony Robbins. Intrigued by Hal's shallowness, Robbins hypnotizes him into seeing the beauty that exists even in the least physically appealing women.

Gwyneth Paltrow also stars.

The Drivetime Sessions with @HorsesCaution sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local band the 'Caution Horses'.  While on air they discussed their new album 'Cautionary Tales' and played three songs.  The first was an original, entitled 'Any Other Name', the second was a cover of the 'Civil Wars' song 'From this Valley', and the third was a cover of the 'Beautiful South' song 'Little Time'.  

For more information about the 'Caution Horses' ' gigs, visit their Lemonrock page here.



If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: King Kong

On this week of exploring the works of American actor Jack Black, Charlotte focuses today's Film Club on Peter Jackson's "King Kong" from 2005.

This remake of the 1933 Classic sees Black as a director from New York taking a crew of actors and sailors to the ominous Skull Island to film a new movie. Accompanying him are playwright Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) and actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), who is soon whisked away by the monstrous ape, Kong, after they reach the island. The crew encounters dinosaurs and other creatures as they race to rescue Ann, while the actress forms a bond with her simian captor.

Andy Serkis stars as the titular ape thanks to motion capture, along with Jamie Bell, Colin Hanks and Kyle Chandler.

 

Interview with Helen Lack: Local Artist

Today we talked to Helen Lacks, a local artist who has an exhibition at the Trestle Arts Base from the 13th January-1st March. 

Helen started out her career as a photographer, working for Vogue and taking part in many exhibitions.  Now her medium has changed and she works in mixed media, mostly using paint as a form of expression.  She uses many different types of paint, such as oil, acrylic and spraypaint.  She list Jackson Pollock as an inspiration, with vibrant colours and drip painting. Art has always been a part of her life, and especially so in the last three years.  Now she feels a compulsion to paint 3/4 times a week.  She says she always has an idea before she starts painting.  She was always doodling as a kid, but now she mainly paints abstract pieces and semi-figurative work.


This exhibition will be her 2nd solo art exhibition within 6 months, and is self-curated.  It consists of 15 pieces, both in large format and also some framed artwork. Many of her abstract landscapes take inspiration from Monet and Van Gogh, and she has 2 large pieces based on pollution in London and New York. The Trestle Arts base has free entry, with a gallery cafe and yoga & dance workshops.  The artwork is available for sale, both as the original piece or as a print.  Besides this exhibition, she has been part of many exhibitions in Hertfordshire and London.  The Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere praised the 'richness of colours' in her previous exhibition, entitled 'Natural Elements and the Universe'. 

Coming up, Helen has been selected to participate in the 'Talented Art Fair' in London.

Helen's Website
Trestle Arts Base

Monday, 15 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: School of Rock

Charlotte's Film Club this week is all about American actor, comedian and musician Jack Black, starting off today with "School of Rock" from 2003.

Black stars as Dewey Finn, an enthusiastic guitarist desperate for work after being ejected from his bar-band. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes. As he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rock 'n' roll animals, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands.

Richard Linklater directs.

 

Local Theatre Review


David Widdowson joined us tonight to provide an update of whats on in our local theatres.

Maltings Art Centre 
2nd February
Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood is made up of Christina Alden on vocals and guitar, Alex Patterson on violin and mandolin and Noel Dashwood on dobro and vocals. Their music takes influences from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home

Abbey Theatre

FRI 19 - SAT 20 JAN 2018 8PM
SUNDAY 21 JAN 2.30PM, SATURDAY 27 JAN 2.30PM
WED 24 - SAT 27 JAN 2018 8PM

Two young people sign up for a trial to test a new antidepressant. They fall in love. But what is love? And when you view the world through a haze of drugs, how can you tell if what you’re feeling is really you?
I Had a Black Dog’ …his name was depression
By Matthew Johnstone
Friday 2 February 2018, 7pm

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 12th January 2018

Rejuvenated by the Christmas break and New Year celebrations, Simon talked in his most animated fashion about films!! Can you believe it.

His picks for the week on free-to-air TV are:


Friday
Platoon (1986)
9.00pm – 12.35am
ITV4


Saturday
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
5.25pm – 9.00pm
ITV2

Sunday
Mr Holmes (2014)
6.20pm – 8.00pm
BBC2

Monday
Scarface (1983)
10.00pm – 1.25am
ITV4


Tuesday
Twelve Years a Slave (2013)
9.00pm – 11.40pm
More4


Wednesday
Payback (1998)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
ITV4



Thursday
The Adjustment Bureau (2010)
6.55pm – 9.00pm
ITV4

The Drivetime Sessions with @BethHedgesMusic sponsored by @FightingcocksSA





On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Beth Hedges. She performed her songs 'Straight Ahead' and 'Safe And Sound', and performed a cover of McFly's 'That's The Truth'.

For more information about Beth you can visit her website at www.youtube.com/user/bethhedgesmusic

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Justice League

Concluding the Film Club this week, Charlotte chooses to put "Justice League" into the Drivetime records.

This ensemble Superhero thriller sees Bruce Wayne inspired by Superman's selfless sacrifice in the events of the previous film, enlisting newfound ally Diana Prince to recruit a team to stand against a newly awakened enemy. However even with the united forces of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, could it be be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions?

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher all feature.

 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Today Charlotte's Film Club looks at the next anticipated Star Wars Sequel "The Last Jedi", released in the December of 2017.

In this sequel to 2015's "The Force Awakens", Luke Skywalker finds his peaceful and solitary existence altered by the arrival of the force-strong Rey, who desires to learn the ways of the Jedi forces. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault to exterminate Leia and the Resistance from the galaxy.

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega,and Oscar Isaac reprise their previous roles in the series, alongside newcomers Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del
Toro.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Greatest Showman

Next on our week of 'recent releases', Charlotte looks at 'The Greatest Showman', starring Hugh Jackman.

Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, in this original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Barnum comes from nothing to create a circus celebrating the extraordinary, supported by his wife and two daughters, yet never seems to be content with the fame he acquires.

 Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya also star.

Health Matters, NHS at 70, Cancellations; 111 and Sign; 3 Before GP; and Aussie Flu



Five Issues in this, the first DriveTime of 2018
  •         NHS at 70
  •          Cancelling Elective Operations
  •          Sign Language for the 111 Service
  •          Is your Pharmacy safe?
  •          Aussie Flu

 1. NHS at 70 – This is the year that the NHS, turns 70; July 5th is a significant day and an opportunity for us, as patients, to appreciate and support all of those dedicated NHS staff. There’s a great little video on Facebook that

And also an excellent web page that highlights some of the activities that we can get up to to show our support; for example – and I’ve signed up for it – the NHS 1,000 mile challenge.

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

2. Cancelling Elective Operations
In order to ensure that urgent cases have priority, Watford Hospital has cancelled non-urgent planned surgery until the end of January; in addition, some non-urgent outpatient appointments have also be postponed. 

If your surgery or appointment has been cancelled you should have heard by now and you should have been offered an alternative appointment; and you can assume that your treatment is going ahead if you haven’t heard from the hospital. But the situation is under review, and could change quite dramatically at any point during these winter pressures. Whilst we can recognise that the hospital needs to prioritise care for acutely unwell emergency patients, I’m sure everyone recognises the anxiety and inconvenience it creates for anyone whose treatment is re-scheduled. For more information go to http://www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk/

3. The 111 Service and Sign Language
Great news for anyone who is hard of hearing – you can now communicate with the NHS 111 service using BSL (British Sign Language). Here’s how it works; you can use your computer and webcam, or the InterpreterNow app on your smartphone or tablet, to make a video call to a BSL interpreter.

The interpreter telephones an NHS 111 adviser and relays your conversation with them. The NHS 111 adviser will ask you questions to assess your symptoms, then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you straightaway to the local service that can help you best.

Go here for all the information http://interpreternow.co.uk/nhs111

4. Three Before GP
Think before you book your next GP appointment; do you really need to see a Doctor?

Actually, the Royal College of General Practitioners  (“RCGP”) wants us to think three times – hence the mantra “3 Before GP”! We need to ask ourselves three simple questions before we book our next appointment:
1.       Can I self-care? There are so many situations when we know what we need to do, so let’s do it without bothering the Surgery. If we’re not certain, then
2.       Could I verify it by using NHS Choices?  Of course, there are other web sites too! And finally
3.       Can I seek advice/treatment from a Pharmacist?
 
A recent survey showed that 27% of GP appointments were avoidable; in other words, we could have sorted the matter out by other means. One of the three options above could well have been the solution! And it would have meant that the doctors would have more time to spend with patients who really need their help!

5. Aussie Flu – should we be worried?
Although there seem to be many cases of flu around, the data shows it’s at pretty much the same level as last year. Aussie Flu is referred to as H3N2, and this year’s vaccine should give some protection against this type of flu. Good hygiene is imperative
  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible
Finally - stay well in 2018!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Molly's Game

Charlotte's Film Club is back for the New Year! This week we look at some of the most recent releases at the end of 2017/ start of 2018.

Monday's Film is 'Molly's Game', starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. The Film tells the true story of Molly Bloom, a young Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade, her players including Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob.