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Duffield Good Neighbours’ Wheel

A Duffield group working to improve the lives of the over-50s in the village has produced a very helpful source of information aimed specifically at this age group called the Good Neighbours’ Wheel.

The leaflet draws together contact details for all the various service providers including the Weston Centre, Amber Valley CVS and church-run groups, and includes contacts for groups that can help with health and wellbeing, getting out and about, emergency contacts, financial assistance, leisure activities and household advice.

Paper copies can be found at the Weston Centre, in Duffield Library or from Duffield news; the full version of the Wheel can also be downloaded below as a PDF file at

If you have a neighbour or family member who might benefit from this information, why not pass them a copy?


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Pharmacy First

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Everyone can go to their pharmacist for free advice or to buy a medication for a minor ailment.

Your pharmacist can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor or if self treatment is enough. They may suggest a treatment that you can purchase from the pharmacy or receive for free through the ‘Pharmacy First‘ scheme if you qualify*. Most pharmacies are open throughout the day and there are some that are also open until midnight and at weekends.

If you qualify for free prescriptions you could receive free treatment from your local participating community pharmacist for the following conditions without having to see your GP (Participating GP’s and Pharmacies) ;

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earache
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Hay fever
  • Head lice
  • Insect bites/stings
  • Sore throat
  • Teething
  • Temperature/fever
  • Threadworms
  • Thrush

Click here to download the leaflet and to find out more about ‘Pharmacy First’.

*Qualification for free medication through ‘Pharmacy First’ is subject to pharmacy participation and if the patient qualifies for free NHS prescriptions. You can check eligibility for free NHS prescriptions here; prescription costs and eligibility.

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Live Waiting Times at A&E

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Carers’ Meeting – 4 April 18

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In November 2011, with the help from two Appletree receptionist ‘Care Champions’, a coffee morning was initiated to bring together some of the 70 ‘carers ’ registered with the practice (those with full time responsibility, usually a relative, who needs looking after at home or in residential care) for friendship, support and information. We have had about a dozen sessions.

Six members of the  Patient Participation Group (PPG) ‘Friends of Carers’ run a bi-monthly session at Appletree Medical practice, where coffee/tea and biscuits are served. The aim is to befriend the carers, listen to their concerns and wherever possible to find speakers to answer their queries and for them to haveinput into the system. So far we have had speakers from Derbyshire Carers’ Association and Social Services, one speaking about ‘Care Allowances’ and one about ‘Assessment Criteria’. Other speakers are planned for the future.

If you are a registered ‘carer’ you will be made very welcome at our bi-monthly forums, which are held on a Wednesday at the Surgery. (If you have not yet registered as a carer with the surgery, please complete the online form). Come on your own or bring the ‘cared for’ person with you. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served.  The next forum is on:

4th April 2018 – 1.00 – 2.30pm


If you have any queries, please telephone Sarah Lakin on (01332) 843282 or email her at [email protected] 

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PPG Meeting – 28 March 18

We are particularly fortunate to have a very active Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Appletree. It is becoming increasingly important that the patients’ collective voice is heard when it comes to the design and delivery of healthcare.
The PPG:

  • Works with the Practice to offer the patient perspective on the services it provides.
  • Helps to improve communication between the Practice and the patient population.
  • Encourages patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  • Provides practical support for others in the community.

A PPG is NOT the Practice’s complaint system (there is a robust complaints procedure in place); nor is it a forum to air personal issues. But neither is it a Doctors fan club. To be valuable the PPG must have the confidence to challenge the Practice in line with any issue brought forward. It should be self organising and patient led.

The benefits of an effective PPG are felt by the patients, the Practice and the wider community in which it operates.

If you are interested in learning more about the PPG please ask for a leaflet at reception. Alternatively you are very welcome to attend a meeting. The Group meets bi-monthly and the dates are published on the Practice web site.

Next Meeting 28th March 2018 at 7.00 pm

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