Friends of Parkwood Surgery

Friends of Parkwood Surgery Newsletter - December 2022

The festive season is well underway – even the shops at Stoneycroft are looking festive!

It’s a time of different emotions for us all. A time of happiness as we get together with our families, but it can be a particularly painful time, especially for those of us who experience loneliness throughout the year. Let’s hope our community can look out for each other – the smallest of kindnesses can mean so much.

This year has been another year of uncertainty and many of us will be going into the New Year with worry about fuel and food bills and all the things we have for long taken for granted. I hope you have been able to look at our FPS Facebook and Website for tips about the cost of living – well worth a look.

We are always keen to hear from you about issues arising with the surgery. It was great to hear directly how successful the ‘flu clinics were and recently we were able to feed into the practice about the difficulties in getting through to the surgery – let’s hope there will be a solution to that soon.

We are planning our 2023 events now so any suggestions are more than welcome. The raffle will be drawn on 19th December – early congratulations to our winners.

A Happy Christmas to everyone and let’s look forward to a happy and healthy 2023.Yvonne MetcalfFPS Chair

Logo of Parkwood Surgery - a green filigree tree with the words 'Parkwood Surgery' next to it

News from the surgery

The surgery’s opening times over the festive season are available on their website, as well as a reminder to ensure your prescriptions are submitted in good time – Monday 19th December is the last day to guarantee they’ll be processed before Christmas.

Medical help over the Christmas period

If you need medical help over Christmas and New Year, you can find it a variety of places:

  • Pharmacies remain open on a rolling timetable during the bank holiday periods. Find a pharmacy open near you here.
  • NHS 111 is available 24/7 for non-life threatening urgent medical issues, both online and by phone (call 111 from any UK landline or mobile). Support is also available if you have a hearing problem or need to access help in another language – check here
  • Call 999 if it is a life threatening situation, including signs of a heart attack or stroke, a mental health crisis, seizures, swelling of the lips or throat, heavy bleeding or injuries caused by a serious accident. BSL users can make a video call to 999.
  • Samaritans has a 24/7 helpline for any mental health concerns – call 116 123 for free, and there is further help for mental health if you download this leaflet produced by Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board
  • A&E services remain open at Watford General throughout the festive period 

What’s been happening with FPS this month?

The cost of living crisis

Over on our social media sites, we’ve been posting throughout November to raise awareness of the support available to help with the cost of living. We’ve collated all of the posts here  – if you’re finding things tough, why not check to see if you’re able to access any more help?

The Christmas raffle

Our popular Christmas raffle is up and running for the first time since 2019. You can find out more about how to get your tickets and the prizes available here.

The return of our ‘Knit and natter’ group

FPS’ ‘Knit and natter’ sessions have restarted this month. Find out more here if you’re interested in meeting up with some like-minded crafters for a chat and a cuppa.

Want to stay up to date?

One easy way to keep up to date with FPS’ events is to follow us on our social media. We’re on Facebook and Twitter. Every time we update the website, we’ll post a link there!

Unsubscribe from FPS communications

From 19th September this year, the surgery took over communications on FPS’ behalf, in order to reach a wider number of patients. You can find out more about this on the surgery’s website, including how to unsubscribe if you would like to stop receiving communications from FPS.