Frithwood Surgery 45, Tanglewood Way, Bussage, Stroud. GL6 8DE 01453 882868 Dr Bridget Jorro (f) London 1989 BSc, MB, BS, MRCGP, DCH, FRSH Dr Jacqueline Slim (f) Bristol 1987 MB, ChB, DA, DRCOG, FRSH Dr Ken Burke (m) Galway 2002 BSc(Pharm), MB, BCh, BAO, DCH, MRCGP Dr William Nattrass (m) London 2008 BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCGP Dr Dawn Isaac (f) London 1987 MBBS, MRCGP, DcH, FRSH Dr Camilla Darlow (f) MBBS BSc FRITHWOOD SURGERY PPG NEWSLETTER Doctor’s Profile Dr. Camilla Darlow Some of you will no doubt have made the acquaintance of Dr. Camilla Darlow. Dr. Camilla came to Frithwood to fulfill her final year as a Registrar and in August, she will be leaving us to pursue her career somewhere within the five valleys. We will all miss her just as much as she will miss us. Supporting the final year of a Registrar, is a feather in the cap of Frithwood surgery. Specialist registrars are qualified medical doctors who, at the outset of their higher medical training are beginning to concentrate on a particular medical specialty and by the end of it will be looking at obtaining a consultant post in that area. Dr. Camilla’s specialty is Elderly medicine and Palliative care. This career path came as a bit of a surprise to both Dr. Camilla and her family as the early goal in her life was to be a singer and study music within the family tradition. So keep your ears open. I am sure that, there was a ‘singing nun’ in our music charts, we may yet hear a ‘singing Dr.’ too. Please keep in touch Dr. Camilla and let us know where you settle for the next stage in your career. Dr. Dawn Harper Dr. Dawn remembers being admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath at the age of 12 with appendicitis. She remembers being so impressed by the doctors and nurses that she came out of hospital and announced that she was going into the medical profession. Her school tried very hard to dissuade this young girl as they said she had a very high aptitude to be a linguist not a scientist but like any self-respecting youngster she was stubborn and took no notice. No one in her family had ever been to university never mind to medical school. True to her word, Dr.Dawn qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and worked mostly in London where she did more post graduate medical exams before travelling to ISSUE NO. 7 AUGUST 2014 Australia to work as a medical registrar for a couple of years. When Dr. Dawn returned she moved to the Stroud Valleys and continued a career in hospital medicine before joining General Practice in 1995 at Locking Hill. For the first 10 years she was the only female partner in a 7 doctor practice so by default to some degree developed an interest in women’s health and that is what she still enjoys today along with preventative medicine and weight management. Dr. Dawn works part time in Frithwood and the rest of her week is spent talking and writing in the media on medical issues and is probably best known for Channel 4’s most popular show, Embarrassing Bodies. She has worked in every practice in the Stroud Valleys so she is well qualified to say that we are lucky to have the best surgery in the area in Frithwood and she is hugely proud to be part of such a great team. Issue Date Dr. Dawn is charged with energy and enthusiasm to raise funds for various children’s charities and thinks nothing of cycling from London to Paris or Venice to Genoa to raise money to support ‘Touching Tiny Lives’ and ‘Whizz Kidz’. It is quite amazing that Frithwood surgery has attracted so many characters of such diverse talents and achievements in its team of Receptionists, admin staff, dispensary, nurses and doctors. Perhaps that is why some people think that we are lucky to have the best Medical Practice within the area. 2 A Generous Donation Someone who wished to remain anonymous must have agreed with the last statement, from Dr. Dawn, as they donated £1,500 for a new ECG machine for the surgery. Thank you whoever you are!! An ECG is used to measure the heart’s electrical conduction system. It picks up electrical impulses from cardiac tissue and translates into a waveform. The waveform is then used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats, as well as the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart, and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart, such as a pacemaker. Along with Blood Pressure Monitors, the ECG machines are some of the most used equipment in a surgery. ECG machines are always present in Soaps and films. It is the piece of equipment that keeps showing a wavy line on the screen whilst making a regular ‘PING’ sound. If the sound stops and the wavy line stops, it means that the heart has arrested and resuscitation may be required with the use of a defibrillator. Now you know!! What a wonderful and generous donation. Thank you again. In News Letter 3 (April 2014) we highlighted the following. “General practices are facing a growing crisis, as they struggle to provide the care needed by an increasing patient population. Our surgery has recently been extended to cope with demand. Ballooning workloads, declining resources and an overstretched workforce are placing a huge strain on services that remain our first point of contact with the NHS for our catchment area. This is bad news for patients, when we face longer waits for appointments to see our GPs and a lower level of appointment time than our GPs want to provide. Our surgery is coping with this workload at the moment, thanks to the hard work from the surgery team as a whole.” It is very important that this funding situation is brought strongly to the attention of our Government in order that existing NHS funds can be re allocated in favour of General Practices. Please help by signing the petition which is readily available on the reception counter. The Royal College of GPs and the National Association for Patient Participation Groups are campaigning for the governments of the UK to increase funding for general practice from 8.39% to 11% of the NHS budget by 2017. Please help us all by signing the petition. Patient Involvement with the Frithwood Practice. Well! How involved are you as a patient, in airing your views ? As we outlined in our very first News Letter in February this year:- What is the PPG? PPG stands for Patients Participation Group. Every registered patient to our Frithwood Surgery is automatically a member and one has the opportunity to improve general communications between Doctors and the general body of Patients, and in particular, to provide feedback to the Practice about Patients’ principal concerns and expectations. Feedback can be made via any member of the PPG committee, or the suggestion box at the front of the reception. You could make comment on such things as: Reviewing complaints Making changes to our appointment system Highlighting particular issues you think have been over looked. Surgery opening hours Disabled car parking spaces Debate about the use of Statins What we need, is to hear from you please, otherwise we will continue the way we are at present. That of course might be good, because it may mean we are meeting all or most of your expectations; but we doubt it. Once a suggestion theme has become evident, we will publish it in our News Letter and provide Feed Back as to what and how the Practice has addressed your suggestion. So please, please, drop us a line or pick up the phone or make a suggestion and post it in the suggestion box at reception. We really want to hear from you. THANKS. Calendar of Events. Please try and join our fun Treasure Hunt and BBQ, starting from The Lamb Inn on Saturday 23rd August (Bank Holiday) at 5pm from the grass embankment opposite the Eastcombe Stores. There are some super raffle prizes and prizes for the winners of the Treasure Hunt. So please come along and support. The Lamb Inn is organizing a BBQ and they are DONATING £1.50 to the PPG fund on every menu item sold from the BBQ. All profits from the day are being directed towards a new 24 hr. Blood Pressure Monitor for the surgery. Look on the surgery web site for more details. A Few Funnies to brighten up your day. The Irish have the lowest stress rate because they do not understand the seriousness of most medical terminology... Medical Term Irish Definition Artery - The study of paintings Bacteria - Back door to cafeteria Barium - What doctors do when patients die Benign - What you be, after you be eight Cauterize - Made eye contact with her Coma - A punctuation mark Dilate - To live long Fester - Quicker than someone else Fibula - A small lie Impotent - Distinguished, well known Labor Pain - Getting hurt at work Medical Staff - A Doctor's cane Morbid - A higher offer Nitrates - Rates of Pay for Working at Night, Normally more money than Day Outpatient - A person who has fainted Pelvis - Second cousin to Elvis Post-Operative - A letter carrier Recovery Room - Place to do upholstery Rectum - Nearly killed him Secretion - Hiding something Tablet - A small table. AH WELL.