Newsletter June 2021

Creating a Partnership with our Patients

Dr. Barbara Bull,  GP Partner at TSMP

It is with great excitement that we release our first ever newsletter for the TSMP. We are hoping this will simultaneously launch the revival of our patient participation group (PPG) as we strive to work in close collaboration with our local community. If you are interested in joining our PPG, please email. There have been several changes over the last couple of years with many of our highly esteemed and longstanding GP partners leaving the practice: Dr Jenny Huguet (now at Arthur Rank Hospice), Dr Caroline Lea-Cox (retired), Dr Angus Stewart (retired) and Dr Simon Owens (retired).

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Photo by Martin R. Smith

Please visit the practice website for a summary and photos of our newer partners and staff, a rundown of our current medical services and our mission statement.

The pandemic has been a difficult time for patients and NHS staff alike. We thankfully managed to move into our brand-new premises at the Clay Farm Community Centre just before the first lockdown. This enabled us to run our clinical services (with mostly remote consultations and face to face consultations in our isolation rooms) and concurrently run a full-fledged covid vaccination hub alongside our primary care network partners (PCN)

We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with our patient population both at the Clay Farm and the city centre branch and ask for your understanding and patience in the months to come. As we emerge from the lockdowns the backlog of clinical work in the NHS is understandably unprecedented. While the surgery appears more empty than usual, there is tremendous amount of hard work going on behind the scenes with a significant increase in consultation rates. We take pride in our ethos and vision as a practice and are confident that we will continue to deliver high quality care for our patients.

 

Inhalers, the Climate Emergency, and the NHS

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Dr. James Smith, GP

The climate emergency is recognised as a global health emergency and an increasing number of people are concerned about this. This is why when there are lower carbon effective treatment options we want to offer these to our patients. Changing to a dry powder inhaler isn’t the only way to lower the carbon footprint of your treatment. Changing the dosing regime or the type of metered dose inhaler can also help.

So don’t be surprised if you are offered a dry powder inhaler at your next asthma or COPD review. All changes will be carefully discussed with you to see if this would be a good move for you. Dry powder inhalers aren’t suitable for everyone and there will be no obligation to change your treatment. We will always prescribe the best medicines we can for you. Please do not make changes to your treatment without discussing this with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist as this could be dangerous.

In 2020 we started this work by discussing these issues with our patients on the inhalers with the highest carbon footprint. As a result, we have halved the number of patients using Flutiform inhalers. We have also increased the number of patients using Turbohalers, a type of dry powder inhaler device by approximately 60%.

Did you know?

  • The NHS plans to reduce its carbon footprint to net zero within 19 years.
  • Inhalers make up between 3-4% of this footprint because of the propellant gases used in metered dose inhalers.
  • 70% of inhalers used in the UK are metered dose inhalers but in Sweden this figure is only 13%.
  • Dry powder inhalers have a much lower carbon footprint and don’t need to be used with a spacer. They are suitable for many, but not all, patients.

This article has been taken from asthma.org.uk

TOP TIPS

Return old inhalers to the pharmacy to dispose of. Don’t throw them in the bin. Advice on how to use your inhalers

If you have asthma and are using your blue reliever inhaler more than 3 times a week then please book a review as this suggests your disease is not well controlled. Do not wait for your routine annual review. If you are interested in reducing the environmental impact of your inhalers please discuss this at your routine annual asthma or COPD review.

 

Trumpington Food Hub

Jackie Covill,  Food Hub Volunteer Coordinator

Trumpington Food Hub offers free food to those who self-identify as being in need of food, or those who wish to keep surplus fresh foods from going to waste. Our visitors have mostly been those who would otherwise struggle to feed their families or themselves.

The Hub operates from Trumpington Pavilion, every Friday between 12 to 2pm and is located at the King George V playing field (junction of Paget Road, Foster Road and Anstey Way) People are welcome to drop in and collect food, no referral or vouchers are required. Visitors are required to wear face coverings unless exempt and to maintain social distancing. We have been able to operate a delivery service to people who were shielding, or were required to self-isolate, but numbers requesting a delivery have dropped since 12th April.

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Image of Foodbank and Volunteerse

Our food sources are:

i) Surplus food, (e.g. bread and vegetables which past their best before date donated by supermarkets)

ii) Food in date: from various of sources including donations from local growers, food purchased in bulk from Fareshare by Cambridge Sustainable Foods, food donated directly to the hub by local people and food purchased by hub volunteers with funds donated to us.

We take food donations at the Pavilion on Fridays from 10:15 and at other times by arrangement (01223 847433). Trumpington Residents' Associations holds funds on our behalf so we can take in donations of money. During the period of lockdown we were supported by Covid grants, but these are likely to be discontinued, so we will be initiating some fundraising.

If you have any queries, please contact me at TRA.JCovill@gmail.com Jackie Covill Food Hub Volunteer Co-ordinator  07437922631

Being a Voice for Patients

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Ann Muston

I have been a member of TSMP since I came up to Cambridge in 1976. Since that time, I have seen many doctors go through the surgery and changes in the NHS. The premises at 56 Trumpington Street have changed very little and for me it gives a sense of security. However, it is now a much busier and larger practice than when I joined.

Having received such good care over the years, I wanted to give something back and so I felt honoured when Dr Lea- Cox recommended me to Wendy Manley as the Patient Representative, 10 years ago. Although there was a virtual group which Wendy consulted, this was something new within the CCG and was instigated when Andrew Lansley was Health Secretary where there would be monthly meetings of different groups which would hold the CCG to account and make recommendations. I would report back verbally to Dr Lea-Cox and Wendy and occasionally have a meeting with Wendy to talk about how we could make the Patient Practice Group (PPG) at TSMP more proactive.

With the new surgery at the Clay Farm Centre, better communication through a new webpage, more support from volunteers due to the Covid -19 pandemic, new GPs in the practice who are keen to develop the PPG and a new Practice Manager, ideas are being revived and new initiatives put in place.

Whilst I am sad to see the retirement of Partners and GPs, some I have known for 30 years, these are exciting times for both TSMP and CF. I have learnt so much since representing patient views to the CCG at the regular meetings currently held on Zoom. There is a wealth of experience in the group which has altered over the years as legislation has changed. We have seen lots of waste and been angered when our views have not been heard. However, within the group there is a great deal of expertise. In the last meeting we learned about a new service: 111 option 3, which supports palliative care.

A new list is being complied of people who would like to be active in a Patient Practice Group. My suggestion is that with the population growth in Cambridge and particularly in the south around the CF surgery, that perhaps there should be two representatives for the PRG.

If you would like to find out more or get in touch, please contact the surgery or email me at ann@amuston.com. The next PRG meeting is on 08 July. If you would like to join our PPG, please email TSMPPPG@gmail.com 

A Little Piece of History

Jeff and Karen Gregory, Gregory Pharmacy

Our pharmacy journey began 40 years ago when we graduated from the London School of Pharmacy near Kings Cross Station. Karen soon ventured into the legal aspects of licensing new medicines whilst I traversed Essex as a relief pharmacist before managing a pharmacy on Billericay High Street. In 1986 Harold and Cornelia Moore decided to retire from the pharmacy they had started in Trumpington 29 years earlier, and we began our 35 years arriving here just before the birth of the first of our three daughters.

We were amongst a traditional array of shops including butchers, bakers, newsagents, and Phillips Auctioneers where Trumpington's version of the Antiques Roadshow took place on Tuesday afternoons. Long queues of people formed outside Phillips clutching all sorts in the hope of discovering a family treasure. The shops changed over time to reflect our changing needs and we moved to the Clay Farm Centre on St. George's Day in 2018.


 

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Image of the front of the pharmacy

Gone are the weighing scales, ointment slabs, pestle and mortars essential to our manufacture of on-site of creams, lotions and potions. Instead, we now have sophisticated computer systems that produce and police our work,

We have been fortunate to be part of an experienced and knowledgeable team at the pharmacy, who always give their best and care deeply about the quality of service they provide. Welfare pharmacy, who take over our role, already run two well regarded pharmacies in Derby and Sheffield and are committed to provide the same level of service to the community.

Trumpington Surgery was based in the bottom flat (now demolished) in Anstley Way, when we started, then moved to the Beverley Way Unit in 2002 before opening in the splendid facilities here at the Clay Farm Centre in 2020. This also serves as the very successful COVID vaccination centre now, whilst we distribute COVID lateral flow tests.

It would have been difficult forty years ago to envisage our role and how the pandemic would affect us all. Like many of us, with the continued success of the vaccination roll-out and COVID rules permitting, we are looking forward to more family time, especially with our four grandchildren.

We cannot thank you enough for the kindness you greeted us with and the wonderful support we have received over all these 35 years, we will miss you.

Jeff and Karen, the name Gregory was closely associated with the Clay Farm Centre and you will be missed !

Staff at TSMP Participate in the 'Wings for Life' Event

Dr. Christie Minj, GP Registrar

And finally, kudos to the all-women's team who represented Trumpington Street Medical Practice in the 'Wings for Life' world run on a rather hot May afternoon, individually and in (distanced) groups, with thousands of other runners from across 151 countries worldwide. Together we clocked an impressive 55 km and are planning to do even better next year!

Clockwise from top: Angela Bull, Dr. Michelle Luna, Dr. Caroline Ali

Clockwise from top: Angela Bull, Dr. Michelle Luna, Dr. Caroline Ali

Clockwise from top: Laura Daly, Dr. Angela Bennett, Dr. Barbara Bull, Dr. Christie Minj

Clockwise from top: Laura Daly, Dr. Angela Bennett, Dr. Barbara Bull, Dr. Christie Minj

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • THE FIRST TSMP PPG MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY 01 JULY (7.30 PM ON ZOOM)
  • THE NEXT PRG (PATIENT REFERENCE GROUP) MEETINGS FOR CAMBRIDGE AREA PATIENT GROUP (CAPG) IS ON 08 JULY

Published: Jun 18, 2021